Progressive Calendar 04.17.10
From: David Shove (
Date: Sat, 17 Apr 2010 03:41:52 -0700 (PDT)
             P R O G R E S S I V E   C A L E N D A R   04.17.10

1. Outfront Mn       4.17 8:30am
2. Peace walk        4.17 9am Cambridge MN
3. Titicaca          4.17 10am
4. Community/ag      4.17 10:30am
5. Earth Day         4.17 11am
6. Socialist/Street  4.17 12noon
7. AfroEco film      4.17 1pm
8. CUAPB             4.17 1:30pm
9. Northtown vigil   4.17 2pm
10. Local foods      4.17 6:30pm
11. State capitalism 4.17 7pm
12. Sing for Haiti   4.17 7:30pm
13. Copenhagen/CTV   4.17 9pm

14. Cockburn/StClair - This will be Obama's legacy

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From: Erin Parrish <erin [at]>
Subject: Outfront Mn 4.17 8:30am

April 17: OutFront Minnesota will lead a non-violent protest in response
to the National Organization for Marriage, a nonprofit organization
against marriage equality, holding a meeting at the University of St.
Thomas. OutFront will circle the perimeter of the University of St. Thomas
showing support for marriage equality. Please join OutFront at 8:30 AM
with signs and pride.

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From: Ken Reine <reine008 [at]>
Subject: Peace walk 4.17 9am Cambridge MN

every Saturday 9AM to 9:35AM
Peace walk in Cambridge - start at Hwy 95 and Fern Street

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From: Jason Stone <jason.stone [at]>
Subject: Titicaca 4.17 10am

[T*t*c*c* for ladies - ed]
Coffee Hour: Behind the Scenes of Lake Titicaca- The Good, The Bad and the
Ugly of Living Tourism - Apr. 17

Saturday, April 17
At the Resource Center of the Americas

Presented in English


Each year more than 45,000 tourists visit the Department of Puno, nestled
in the southeastern corner of Peru. The region is famous for being home to
the highest navigable lake in the world, Lake Titicaca,located at 13,000
ft. above sea level. Each month, hundreds of visitor travel into the lake
to learn the ways of life of the rural, peasant Aymara and Quechua island
inhabitants. The boatloads of visitors often do not realize the
consequences of their presence on these communities. In 2007, Fulbright
scholar Laura Kurland conducted an independent study to understand the
positive and negative impacts living tourism has on community cohesion and
development in the rural island communities of Lake Titicaca. The
presentation provides insight from her research as well as a dialogue
space to consider the traveler's role in alternative tourism
opportunities. As the Regional Coordinator for Latin America at
Minneapolis' Global Citizens Network, Laura shares opportunities GCN
provides for responsible short-term volunteer tourism.


Laura Kurland. Global Citizens Network-Regional Coordinator for Latin
America. She comes to GCN excited to support the organizations mission,
continue to learn more about indigenous cultures and participate in
international community service. In 2006 Laura traveled to Peru with the
Fulbright Student Program to study the impact of political
decentralization policies on marginalized rural indigenous communities in
the southern department Puno. She researched the miscommunication and
conflicting perceptions between the government and local indigenous
(Aymara-speaking) community members. She focused on the areas of health,
education, and development needs in communities of extreme poverty living
over 14,000 above sea level. After completing her M.A. degree in
International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University in
Washington, D.C., Laura returned to Peru for another 15 months. She worked
on a project with rural farmers to promote organic Quinoa production and
access to the local restaurant market. She also volunteered with a local
tour agency to develop a youth literacy volunteer curriculum on the island
communities of Lake Titicaca. Later, she spent time in Lima, expanding her
knowledge of travel resources and non-profit organizations in other
regions of Peru and nearby countries as the assistant manager of South
American Explorers Clubhouse.

Contact Information:
Laura Kurland, Regional Coordinator for Latin America Global Citizens
Network, 11000 W 78th St. Suite #303 Minneapolis, MN 55344,
laura [at], 952-746-2274

[Titicaca to you too, fella! -ed]

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From: Leslie Reindl <alteravista [at]>
Subject: Community/ag 4.17 10:30am

Steps Toward an Alternative Economy through Community Owned Agriculture
Saturday, April 17, 10:30 am to noon
Cahoots Coffee Shop
1562 Selby Ave., St. Paul

This workshop continues a discussion about the COA concept--its rationale
and how to implement it.  What is under consideration is the beginning of
a road to a 21st-century, high-tech subsistence economy, an economy that
eventually can replace jobs oriented to "the market" with work
meaningful to a community.  Agriculture is its base.

(Each workshop stands alone; no previous attendance needed)
Presenters: Wilhelm and Leslie Reindl
Sponsored by Wilderness Connections, St. Paul
FFI alteravista [at], 651-633-4410

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From: Do It Green! Minnesota <Do_It_Green_Minnesota [at]>
Subject: Earth Day 4.17 11am

Earth Day Celebration Sat, April 17

Grand Opening and Earth Day Celebration!
Join us in celebrating the Grand Opening of our Do It Green! Resource
Center and offices inside the Midtown Global Market during the annual
Earth Day Celebration.

We will be hosting over 20 local eco artists selling wares, educational
booths and will be giving tours of our new resource center.

Bring an eco book, movie, other resource or potted plants to donate to the
new center and receive a FREE Do It Green! Magazine guidebook!

We are located on the south/Lake Street side of the market behind the
Produce Exchange. Come for the fun, stay for the food with over 15
restaurants to choose from!

Saturday, April 17  11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake Street, Minneapolis

Earth Day activities include:

  Grand opening of Midtown Global Market's resource center and
eco-friendly gift store, Earth Vitality
  Sustainable cooking demonstrations by the chefs at MGM's Kitchen
in the Market
  Minnesota Energy Challenge
  Water conservation tips and resources
  Children's planting activity
  Bike tune-up demonstration by Free Wheel Midtown Bike Center
  Eco-Friendly Fashion Show
  Live music from 1 to 4 p.m.
  Art Car display on Lake Street
  Metro Transit hybrid bus tours
  Free canvas shopping bags for the first 100 guests

For more information click on link below. We look forward to seeing you

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From: Lydia Howell <lydiahowell [at]>
From: MN Socialist Alternative <mn [at]>
Subject: Socialist/Street 4.17 12noon

Saturday, April 17, 12pm - 6pm
* Followed by concert and after-party *

University of Minnesota
West Bank Auditorium
In the basement of Willey Hall, 225 19th Avenue S, Minneapolis
Parking and Map:

This year's Socialist Minnesota is shaping up to be an especially exciting
day of discussion and culture. The Conference will feature acclaimed left
commentator Paul Street, author of "Barack Obama and the Future of
American Politics," and a featured ZNet contributor. Leading German
socialist and union activist Eckhard Geitz will speak on workers'
struggle in Europe, and Ty Moore will report on the China and Hong Kong
labor and democracy movements following his recent visit there.

We will also premier the new documentary "Rock El Impirio," (view trailer
here) which follows local hip-hop band Junkyard Empire's recent tour of
Cuba, followed by a panel discussion on "Art and Revolution." And the
evening will be capped off with a concert and house party featuring
Junkyard Empire and other special guest performances, starting 9pm @ 3029
Chicago Ave, Minneapolis ($5 at door - details below). Check out the full
agenda below!


12:00pm: Building the Left in the Age of Obama
Speakers: Paul Street, leading left critic of Obama, author of "Barack
Obama and the Future of American Politics," and a featured ZNet
contributor. Teddy Shibabaw, local labor, antiwar, and socialist activist
will also speak.

2:00pm: Global Crisis and Workers Resistance
Speakers: Eckhard Geitz, leading German trade union organizer with
Sozialistische Alternative will speak on workers' struggles in Europe.
Dani Indovino, M.A., public policy, U of M Humphrey Institute, will speak
on Obama's budget and the anti-cuts struggles of education workers and
students. Ty Moore, Editor of, just returned from
a visit to Hong Kong and will report on the struggle for democracy and
economic justice in China and Hong Kong.

4:00pm: Film Premier of "Rock El Empirio"
Documentary of Junkyard Empire's Cuba tour, followed by a panel on Art and
Speakers: Chris Cox and other Junkyard Empire band members will reflect on
their experience with Cuban Hip Hop and the music industry under U.S.
capitalism. Brandon Madsen, founder of Youth Against War and Racism, will
explore the potential for art's liberation under democratic socialism

Featuring performances by JUNKYARD EMPIRE and other special guests
9pm @ 3029 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis
$5 at door. Drinks and snacks provided for additional donations.

Sponsored by Socialist Alternative
612-760-1980  |  mn [at]   |  |

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From: Lydia Howell <lydiahowell [at]>
Subject: AfroEco film 4.17 1pm


We Shall Not Be Moved:  Remember Tilery. Our Land Our Community.
A New Deal Resettlement Community established during the 1930's Depression
Saturday, April 17  1-3:30 PM

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From: Michelle Gross <mgresist [at]>
Subject: CUAPB 4.17 1:30pm

Meetings: Every Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Walker Church, 3104 16th Avenue

Communities United Against Police Brutality
3100 16th Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Hotline 612-874-STOP (7867)

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From: Vanka485 [at]
Subject: Northtown vigil 4.17 2pm

Peace vigil at Northtown (Old Hwy 10 & University Av), every Saturday

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From: Mary Hamel <hamsnapp [at]>
Subject: Local foods 4.17 6:30pm

LOCUS Architecture presents
" 2 x 2 "
moderated by Mark Wheat of 89.3 The Current
Saturday April 17 . 6:30pm

A local foods salon discussion featuring Tracy Singleton, Birchwood Cafe
owner and Greg Reynolds, owner of Riverbend Farm and moderated by 89.3 The
Current's Mark Wheat.

The talk with take place at LOCUS Architecture Studio, in the Northruo
King Building located at 1500 Jackson St. NE, Suite 333, MInneapolis.

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From: jtmiller jtmiller <jtmiller [at]>
Subject: State capitalism 4.17 7pm

Saturday April 17, 7:00 pm, MayDay Bookstore
Working Democracy Discussion Forum: State Capitalism

China claims to be a communist People's Republic, but it has for decades
boasted astonishing economic growth and rising standard of living by
practicing state capitalism. What are the characteristics of this economic
form, and how does it differ from both free market capitalism and Working
Democracy? Can America and the West successfully compete against China's
juggernaut? Is state capitalism an alternate path to socialism?

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From: Jason Stone <jason.stone [at]>
Subject: Sing for Haiti 4.17 7:30pm

Community Singing! Fundraiser for Haiti Relief - Apr. 17
SING TOGETHER for fun and a good cause!
Calling all people who are looking for a good excuse to sing a fun variety
of songs of peace, community & good times

Saturday April 17th 7:30pm
At the Eagles Club 2507 east 25th Street, Minneapolis (corner of 25th
aVenue & 25th Street) in beautiful Seward
family-friendly, free-parking, food-and-drinks-available
FFI 612-729-7304

with song leaders Bret Hesla & Mary Preus and fabulous guest singers and
musicians, including linda breitag, larry dittberner, and robin nelson
just bring your voice! (and some friends)
it will be a night of old favorites, 4-parts, great unisons, new rounds,
songs on paper, songs by ear...
You can't beat the power of a room packed with people who like to sing for

$15 adults
$5 kids
$25 family

donated to
Haitian relief
Questions? Contact Betty Tisel through Facebook

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From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at]>
Subject: Copenhagen/CTV 4.17 9pm

Dear 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

Sat, 4/17, 9pm and Tues, 4/20, 8am
"Walden Bello: Reconsidering Copenhagen & International Development(Pt. 2)"

Dr. Walden Bello may be the foremost public intellectual on Asian
economics.  The Economist magazine has credited Bello with creating the
word "deglobalization", a concept that has put him in the front of a
global movement to reconsider our identity as citizen, not as consumer.
Bello speaks on the politics behind the failure of last year's Copenhagen
climate conference.  In this second part, Bello looks to what should be
done to get out of this massive mess. (recorded in March @ the Humphrey
Institute of Public Affairs)


"Rovics Sings for Kids"
A fun little concert by David Rovics.   Songs created for children
including "Roller Coaster Train" and "Bullies".  Audience participation
makes this footage worth checking out.

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This Will be Obama's Legacy
April 16-18, 2010

With the impending departure from the U.S. Supreme Court of Justice John
Paul Stevens at the age of 89, we lose one of the nation's last
substantive ties to Great Depression and to the effect of that disaster on
the political outlook of a couple of generations.

Stevens' father, Ernest, owned a famous hotel in Chicago - the Stevens,
with 3,000 rooms, now the Hilton. It was built in 1927, and there young
John Paul met Amelia Earhart, Charles Linbergh and Babe Ruth.

But by 1934 hard times took their toll. The hotel went bankrupt. John
Paul's father, grandfather and uncle were all indicted on charges that
they'd diverted money from the Illinois Life Insurance Co. (founded by the
grandfather) to try and bail out the hotel. The uncle committed suicide,
and Stevens' father was convicted. The Illinois Supreme Court exonerated
him two years later, stating, "there's not a scintilla of evidence of any
concealment or fraud".

Thus did John Paul, still in his teens, acquire his life-long skepticism
of police and prosecutors. Between the year he went on the Court (put up
by Gerald Ford in 1974 on the recommendation of Ford's attorney general,
Chicagoan Edward Levi), and 2010, John Paul Stevens voted against the
government in criminal justice and death penalty cases 70 per cent of the
time. Only one justice - William O. Douglas, whose seat Stevens took over
- served longer on the Court. When Justice Harry Blackmun retired in 1994,
Stevens became the senior associate justice and, thus, able to assign
opinions to the justice of his choice. Stevens played his field expertly,
time and again maneuvering the swing vote - Anthony Kennedy - onto his
side by assigning him the task of writing the opinion.

The most famous case of this sort was the 2003 decision Lawrence v. Texas,
which became the equivalent for gay rights as Brown v. Board of Education
for racial discrimination. Among other Stevens-written or
Stevens-influenced landmark opinions: Atkins v. Virginia, where Stevens
successfully won the necessary majority for the view that executing the
mentally retarded constituted cruel and unusual punishment.

Stevens was also the Court's most powerful opponent of the so-called
doctrine of unitary executive power, which takes the view that the U.S.
president and his executive wield constitutionally unchallengeable power.
Stevens - again, a true conservative - opposed all such assertions and
extensions of dominance by the executive. The relevant case was Hamdan v.
Rumsfeld. Stevens wrote the majority opinion that Bush Jr. could not
unilaterally set up military commissions to try detainees in Guantanamo.

Stevens, the last protestant on the high court, described himself as a
conservative, and in one sense he was, because he tried to preserve the
spirit of the progressive Warren court through the decades-long swing of
the court toward the right, both among the Republican nominees and the
ones put up by Clinton (Breyer and Ginsburg) and by Obama (Sotomayor). As
Stevens himself has said to law professor Jeffrey Rosen, "Including
myself, every judge who has been appointed to the Court since Lewis Powell
[1971] has been more conservative than his or her predecessor".

As Obama and his counselors ponder potential nominees, the air is filled
with counsel that Obama should avoid a protracted fight and should pick "a
moderate" - i.e., pro-business, pro-government - nominee, like Elena
Kagan, 49, now solicitor general and in earlier years head of the Harvard
Law School, where she hired Jack Goldsmith, head of the Office of Legal
Counsel in the Bush administration, where he was intimately tied to the
torture and detainee abuse scandals. He's Harvard's version of John Yoo.
Before that, Kagan served as Clinton's deputy domestic policy advisor, in
which capacity she oversaw, among other assignments, welfare "reform". One
of her colleagues at the White House at that time was Christopher Edley,
now the Dean at Boalt, the law school at UC Berkeley. Edley says of Kagan
that her politics were "center to center right".

In the Clinton administration, Kagan helped formulate the Democratic
equivalent of what became, in the subsequent W. Bush years, the assertion
of unitary executive power. There's zero evidence that Kagan would do
anything to redress the right-wing tilt of the Court and plenty that she
might exacerbate it, in the areas of executive power, civil liberties, and
assertion of presidential war powers. In her confirmation hearings as
solicitor general, she so entranced the right with her proclamations in
favor of the War on Terror, indefinite detention, and against any pursuit
of war crimes investigations, that Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar
(Minnesota) said, "it sounded like she was getting a standing ovation from
the Federalist Society".

Kagan is the worst possibility thus far to surface, but the others
potential nominees are scarcely inspiring. There's the mainstream liberal
Diane Wood, who sits the Federal Appeals Court in Chicago, and Merrick
Garland, a neoliberal Clinton appointee in the mold of Justice Steven
Breyer, corporate America's judicial representative on the Court.
(Stevens, by contrast, began his legal career as an anti-trust lawyer.)
Garland, another Chicagoan, is now on the Court of Appeals in the District
of Columbia.

These are the three frontrunners. The left has put up no preferred
nominee, expressing concerns that the Republicans might filibuster. So,
why not provoke just such a filibuster with a decent candidate? This
appointment, remember, is Obama's last chance to vindicate the hopes of
the left that our African-American president is, at least, as liberal as
Gerald Ford and would leave as enduring a legacy as Stevens. Come
November, the Democrats will lose control of the House and Obama's
legislative powers will be extinguished, unless he goes into full
Clintonian triangulation. It is now, and only now, that Obama can actually
install a nominee with the ability to defend and advance progressive
interpretations of the Constitution over the next 40 years.

Who could the left put up, as an assertion of what a truly progressive
justice might look like? How about Steven Bright, of the Southern Center
for Human Rights, the country's leading anti-Death Penalty litigator from
Kentucky? Or, David Cole, professor of law at Georgetown? Or, Pamela
Carlan, at Stanford, a former counsel for the NAACP and openly gay? Or,
Jonathan Turley, at George Washington, who is particularly strong on civil
liberties and the environment? Turley defended Sami al-Arian, the Rocky
Flats workers, attacked warrantless wiretapping. Or, within the
administration, Harold Koh, Korean American and one of the principle legal
opponents of the torture policies of the Bush years? Koh was originally a
Reagan appointee to the Office of Legal Counsel. Turley says Koh is the
closest we have to Justice Brandeis.

There's one more name that has been nervously circulated among progressive
circles, that of Elizabeth Warren, currently head of the Congressional
Oversight Panel on the banking bailout. Warren originally hails from
Oklahoma and a professor at Harvard Law School. Warren is as close as we
can now get to Stevens. economic populism and has been eloquent on the
topic of corporate skullduggery and on the pro-bank tilt of the bailout.
She would, actually, be a shrewd choice for Obama, because it would turn
the Supreme Court confirmation hearings into a debate on economic justice,
consumer protection and regulation of Wall Street where Warren's
Republican opponents be forced to take the side of the rich, at a moment
when the rich are not popular with a large number of Americans.  Don't
hold your breath.


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