|Progressive Calendar 04.17.10||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|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 --------1 of x-------- From: Erin Parrish <erin [at] mnwomen.org> 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. --------2 of x-------- From: Ken Reine <reine008 [at] umn.edu> 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 --------3 of x-------- From: Jason Stone <jason.stone [at] yahoo.com> 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 10:00am-11:45am At the Resource Center of the Americas Presented in English Description: 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. Speaker: 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] globalcitizens.org, 952-746-2274 [Titicaca to you too, fella! -ed] --------4 of x-------- From: Leslie Reindl <alteravista [at] usfamily.net> Subject: Community/ag 4.17 10:30am Workshop Steps Toward an Alternative Economy through Community Owned Agriculture (COA) 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] usfamily.net, 651-633-4410 --------5 of x-------- From: Do It Green! Minnesota <Do_It_Green_Minnesota [at] mail.vresp.com> Subject: Earth Day 4.17 11am Earth Day Celebration Sat, April 17 http://cts.vresp.com/c/?twincitiesgreenguide/aa564f3bf2/8acadfd1b4/e16e6f3771/q=2010EarthDay 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 there! www.midtownglobalmarket.org http://cts.vresp.com/c/?twincitiesgreenguide/aa564f3bf2/8acadfd1b4/97e9e843ae/q=2010EarthDay --------6 of x-------- From: Lydia Howell <lydiahowell [at] visi.com> From: MN Socialist Alternative <mn [at] socialistalternative.org> Subject: Socialist/Street 4.17 12noon SOCIALIST MINNESOTA CONFERENCE 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: umn.edu/twincities/maps/WilleyH/ 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! AGENDA for SOCIALIST MINNESOTA 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 SocialistAlternative.org, 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 Revolution 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 CONCERT and HOUSE PARTY! 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] socialistalternative.org socialistminnesota.org | socialistalternative.org | socialistworld.net --------7 of x-------- From: Lydia Howell <lydiahowell [at] visi.com> Subject: AfroEco film 4.17 1pm April 17 AFRO-ECO FILM @ RONDO LIBRARY,St.Paul 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 WEBSITE: http://www.cct78.org/about-cct.html --------8 of x-------- From: Michelle Gross <mgresist [at] visi.com> Subject: CUAPB 4.17 1:30pm Meetings: Every Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Walker Church, 3104 16th Avenue South http://www.CUAPB.org Communities United Against Police Brutality 3100 16th Avenue S Minneapolis, MN 55407 Hotline 612-874-STOP (7867) --------9 of x-------- From: Vanka485 [at] aol.com Subject: Northtown vigil 4.17 2pm Peace vigil at Northtown (Old Hwy 10 & University Av), every Saturday 2-3pm --------10 of x-------- From: Mary Hamel <hamsnapp [at] yahoo.com> 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. --------11 of x-------- From: jtmiller jtmiller <jtmiller [at] minn.net> 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? --------12 of x-------- From: Jason Stone <jason.stone [at] yahoo.com> 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 fun $15 adults $5 kids $25 family 100% donated to Haitian relief www.lambifund.org Questions? Contact Betty Tisel through Facebook --------13 of x-------- From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at] riseup.net> 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 watch. 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) plus: "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. --------14 of x-------- This Will be Obama's Legacy By ALEXANDER COCKBURN and JEFFREY ST. CLAIR CounterPunch 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  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. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- - 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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