|Progressive Calendar 05.01.10||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Sat, 1 May 2010 11:44:16 -0700 (PDT)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 05.01.10 1. IWW labor march 5.01 1pm 2. CUAPB 5.01 1:30pm 3. Northtown vigil 5.01 2pm 4. Immigrant/march 5.01 2pm 5. Immigration/reform 5.01 2pm 6. ENP 5.01 6:30pm 7. Labor/BlackDog 5.01 6:30pm 8. Vandana Shiva/CTV 5.01 9pm 9. Stillwater vigil 5.02 1pm 10. Mayday parade 5.02 1pm 11. SugarBeets/labor 5.02 2pm 12. Muhcc - UNANIMOUS single-payer vote Minneapolis city council 13. Mumia Abu Jamal - Time bombs 14. Karl Grossman - Spill, baby, spill: blow out in the Gulf 15. Stephen Lendman - National Public Radio's (NPR) pro-Israeli bias 16. Bill Quigley - Fed immigration enforcement is out of control 17. Frank Scott - Wake up and smell the system --------1 of 17-------- From: rodneykin [at] riseup.net Subject: IWW labor march 5.01 1pm CALL-OUT FOR LABOR FEEDER MARCH This May Day, workers in the Twin Cities must stand in solidarity with the immigrant rights movement. The U.S. government's anti-immigrant policies are an issue for all working people, whether we were born in this country or another. ICE and other immigration authorities frequently use their powers to break unions or deport workers who stand up for themselves. Immigration laws are used to benefit the employing class by making undocumented workers particularly vulnerable to retaliation by the bosses. Faced with the government's inability to change its racist immigration laws workers must demand immediate action from the Obama administration. This Saturday, May 1st is the day we take to the streets to stand against the continued criminalization of immigration in the United States.At the same time we stand in solidarity with those who have come before us. Since 1890, May 1st has been an international workers labor day. A day to celebrate our history and to reaffirm our commitment to free ourselves from wage slavery. For too long in this country, the bosses and their cronies in the government have used national origin and racism as a way to divide workers and pit us against each other. It's time that we recognize the importance of solidarity and of the principle that an injury to one is an injury to all. This May Day a LABOR MARCH will begin in Phelps Park (39th and Park Av.) at 1:00 pm and head to the immigration rally at Martin Luther King Park (Nicollet Ave. between 41st and 42nd St.) There we will form a WORKERS BLOC within the INTERNATIONAL WORKERS DAY MARCH and RALLY FOR IMMIGRANT AND WORKERS RIGHTS. All workers, their families, and their allies are invited and welcome to join us as WE MARCH FOR A BETTER TOMORROW Immigration is a labor issue and labor is up in arms! They cannot divide us with their borders...legalization now! --------2 of 17-------- From: Michelle Gross <mgresist [at] visi.com> Subject: CUAPB 5.01 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) --------3 of 17-------- From: Vanka485 [at] aol.com Subject: Northtown vigil 5.01 2pm Peace vigil at Northtown (Old Hwy 10 & University Av), every Saturday 2-3pm --------4 of 17-------- From: Women Against Military Madness <wamm [at] mtn.org> Subject: Immigrant/march 5.01 2pm Immigrant Rights March Saturday, May 1, 2:00 p.m. Martin Luther King Park, 41st Street and Nicollet Avenue South, Minneapolis. Join others on International Workers Day to call for humane immigration reform. The march organizers state, "Comprehensive immigration reform is at a make or break point and we are going to be doing everything we can to have the biggest march possible this year in support of legalization for all and equal rights. The politicians in D.C. are talking about immigration reform. Now is the time to say what kind of reform we want: real legalization for all, workers rights and equal rights for all and an end to immigration raids, deportations and discrimination." Sponsored by: the Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Coalition (MIRAC), Mujeres en Liderazgo, Workers Interfaith Network, La Asemblea de Derechos Civiles, Mujeres Levantando Mujeres, and FMLN-MN. Endorsed by: the WAMM Immigration Committee and others. FFI: Call 651-389-9174. --------5 of 17-------- From: Women Against Military Madness <wamm [at] mtn.org> Subject: Immigration/reform 5.01 2pm March for Immigration Reform Saturday, May 1, 2:00 p.m. Corner of Chicago and Franklin Avenues South, Minneapolis OR Corner of Central and University Avenues Northeast, Minneapolis. Demonstrate in favor of humane immigration reform. Join the march at either of the two starting points followed by a closing rally at Loring Park in downtown Minneapolis. Wear white in unity with others. Sponsored by: Minnesota Immigrant Freedom Network (MIFN). Endorsed by: the WAMM Immigration Committee. FFI: Call 763-464-5828 or 763-464-5809. --------6 of 17-------- From: jwilson [at] enp-news.org Subject: ENP 5.01 6:30pm Comrades and Friends of the Edgertonite National Party: The next meeting will be held Saturday, 1 May 2010 from 6:30 to 8:00 PM at Caffetto Coffee House, 708 W. 22nd St., Minneapolis, MN. This is on or near Metro Transit Routes 2 and 4. Topics of discussion include: 1. Making meeting dates and places more consistent 2. ENP policy regarding Native American land claims 3. Changing to a simpler Constitution Please be there or be square! Sincerely, John Charles Wilson National Chairman, ENP --------7 of 17-------- From: Richard Broderick <richb [at] lakecast.com> Subject: Labor/BlackDog 5.01 6:30pm Saturday "The Red & The Black" Workers of the World Unite! - at the Black Dog Café in Saint Paul on May 1st at 6:30 p.m. for a spirited and informative celebration of the 120th anniversary of the adoption of May Day as the official holiday of the International Labor Movement. Stories, poems, songs, video, art work, presentations about the ongoing struggle for economic and social justice featuring: Spoken word by Anya Achtenberg, Ed Bok Lee, Kyle Chase, Diane Jarvi, and Rich Broderick. Music by The Fantastic Merlins and Diane Jarvi. Presentations by Dr. Stephan Peter, faculty member in political science at Anoka-Ramsey Community College and long-time May Day participant, and Members of the Minnesota chapter of the I.W.W. on the attempted suppression of the Wobblies in the early 20th century and the movement's current progress. Plus continuous video feeds of May Day celebrations in Paris, Berlin and elsewhere. The Red & The Black, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., the Black Dog Café, 308 Prince St., (across from the St. Paul Farmer's Market), St. Paul. Free Admission. On-street parking available, and off street parking behind the café, only $1 for the evening. Call 651.228.9274 for further information. --------8 of 17-------- From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at] riseup.net> Subject: Vandana Shiva/CTV 5.01 9pm Solidarious Minneapolis Television Network (MTN) viewers: Sat (May Day!), 5/1, 9pm and Tues, 5/4, 8am Dr. Vandana Shiva: Women and Water World renown Indian physicist, ecologist, feminist, author and activist Vandana Shiva speaks at the University of Minnesota about the intersection of women and water rights. (part 1, filmed 3/25/10). --------9 of 17-------- From: scot b <earthmannow [at] comcast.net> Subject: Stillwater vigil 5.02 1pm A weekly Vigil for Peace Every Sunday, at the Stillwater bridge from 1- 2 p.m. Come after Church or after brunch ! All are invited to join in song and witness to the human desire for peace in our world. Signs need to be positive. Sponsored by the St. Croix Valley Peacemakers. If you have a United Nations flag or a United States flag please bring it. Be sure to dress for the weather . For more information go to <http://www.stcroixvalleypeacemakers.com/>http://www.stcroixvalleypeacemakers.com/ For more information you could call 651 275 0247 or 651 999 - 9560 --------10 of 17-------- From: Women Against Military Madness <wamm [at] mtn.org> Subject: Mayday parade 5.02 1pm MayDay Parade and Festival: Walk with WAMM Sunday, May 2 (Rain Date: Sunday, May 9), 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. Powderhorn Park, 15th Avenue and 35th Street, Minneapolis. Join fellow members, volunteers, interns, staff, and the Na'vi (Avatar) puppets, and walk with WAMM in the annual MayDay Parade. Wear your WAMM gear (shirts, visors, buttons). Please note that this is a low waste event and there will be no distribution of flyers, candy, etc. Gather at Cedar Field, 18th Avenue and 25th Street, Minneapolis (look for the WAMM signs) at Noon. The parade will begin at 1:00 p.m. and end approximately two hours later at Powderhorn Park, where a short ceremony will follow. Don't miss the WAMM information booth at Powderhorn Park. Stop by and get your photo taken with the Na'vi and to pick up a NO WAR sticker. Sponsored by: In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre. Endorsed by: WAMM. FFI: Visit www.hobt.org. -- From: Blanche Hall <blanche.hall [at] gmail.com> March in the May Day Parade for single-payer health care ! The 2010 MayDay Parade and Festival will be held on Sunday, May 2. This year's theme: UP ROAR: The Year of the Tiger --Burdens, Breaths, Death/Life/Cyclical nature Noon: MayDay Parade participants assemble by section east of Bloomington Avenue on 25th Street, between Bloomington and Cedar Avenue in South Minneapolis. 1 pm: Parade begins at the corner of 25th Street East and Bloomington Avenue South, and travels south on Bloomington to 34th Street East, where the parade turns west towards Powderhorn Park, where the parade ends and the MayDay Ceremony and Festival begins, at approximately 3pm. All Interested individuals, groups please contact either Joel Albers at joel [at] uhcan-mn.org or Carol halonen at Blanche.Hall [at] gmail.com so we can coordinate and e-mail logistics, etc. or call 612-384-0973. March in the Parade in the "join in" section toward the back, with our new big, beautiful, colorful. single-payer themed banners that folks have taken time to paint, our hospital bed dramatizing that we need a HC system that's Alive and Well and not on life support, with health care cheerleaders doing curbside cheers like "HMOs are jive talkin". So let us know if you want to do any of these. We need HC Cheerleaders. So dig out your walking sandals, tennis shoes, radical cheerleading attire, Single Payer banners, old hospital beds, and what ever else you have in storage -- Let's spend some time this summer letting everyone know that the Single Payer movement is alive and well and that Obama care will send us straight to h-e-double L . --------11 of 17-------- From: Lydia Howell <lydiahowell [at] visi.com> Subject: SugarBeets/labor 5.02 2pm Labor's untold stories Jim Norris: North for the Harvest Sunday, May 2, 2 pm Rice Street Branch Library, 1011 Rice St.* /Sugarbeets/Author Jim Norris talks about his recent book, /North for the Harvest: Mexican Workers, Growers, and the Sugar Beet Industry,/ which examines the complex and often surprising relationships between the participants in the sugar beet industry. --------12 of 17-------- From: MN Universal Health Care Coalition <info [at] muhcc.org> Subject: UNANIMOUS Single-Payer Vote Minneapolis City Council The Intergovernmental Relations Committee of the Minneapolis City Council, a committee consisting of the entire city council, voted unanimously this morning, April 29th, to support the Minnesota Health Plan! The resolutionplaces the Minnesota Health Plan on the city council's legislative agenda. The legislative agenda identifies the city's legislative priorities at the state capitol. Thank you to the Minneapolis City Council members, especially IGR Committee Chair Elizabeth Glidden for bringing this forward. Thank you to all of our supporters who made calls or sent emails on short notice. Read the resolution: http://[www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/council/2010-meetings/20100514/Docs/MN_Health_Plan_RESL.pdf In case you missed the news, the Duluth City Council passed a similar resolution on April 12th by a vote of 6-3! Read more: http://www.mnprogressiveproject.com/diary/5880/duluth-council-endorses-minnesota-health-plan Join us to celebrate these successes and more at our Summer Celebration and Fundraiser on June 10th, featuring inspiration and entertainment by T Mychael Rambo, Papa John Kolstad, Senator Sharon Erickson Ropes and Donna Smith of National Nurses United. For information and tickets: http://muhcc.org/upcomingevents/SummerCelebration --------13 of 17-------- Time Bombs By Mumia Abu Jamal April 27, 2010 ZSpace Page For many, the very mention of 'Bombs' puts one in mind of attacks by terrorists -- although, in fact, the most well-known such attack, 9/11, wasn't a bombing at all, but a series of plane-hi-jackings which were used to target symbols of wealth and power. But this isn't about such bombs. It's about social, economic, and racial bombs -- ones long planted by politicians who are now out of office; ones which we are seeing arise today. Millions of people are terrified, in deep fear of the bleakness of their futures, as joblessness and even poverty threatens their dreams. We are all witness to the vast amounts of wealth passed to the banks and investment firms that caused the great economic upheaval of late 2008. Public wealth went to private businesses in a way that was unprecedented, even as public services got de funded, and as citizens who invested in bogus stock scams got swindled, left broken and dazed. And while corporate media types mock the tea parties, they miss the deeper flood of fear -- driven by economic experiences -- that pervades the land, feeding rivers and tributaries of racism, xenophobia, paranoia and hatred. These poor, pale trees we see are the sproutings of the North American Free Trade Agreement, that Clinton-signed and supported bill which saw the leakage of manufacturing jobs to Mexico, and later to China. Those jobs, once gone, are gone forever, for business, given the option of cheap, non-unionized labor, will always go for it, for this simply means more profits. And while these politicians served their corporate paymasters well (who are even rewarded when they leave office). They served their constituents and voting publics poorly, setting them on the grim road to economic and social disaster. For, what future have they wrought? The only viable jobs left are service jobs - serving up burgers at McDonalds, or gigging as prison guards, or soldiers in brainless wars abroad. Schools are de funded, and college education increasingly becomes the private preserve of the wealthy and well-to-do. The bombs are ticking. --------14 of 17-------- Spill, Baby, Spill Blow Out in the Gulf By KARL GROSSMAN April 29, 2010 CounterPunch The massive oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico formed as now an estimated 5,000 barrels of oil (210,000 gallons daily) gush to the surface following an explosion at an oil rig is what other areas of the United States will face under President Barack Obama's plan to open more offshore waters to oil and gas drilling. This could be the Atlantic which, in a speech last month, Obama proposed be opened for drilling - despite decades of it being closed because of oil and gas drilling constituting an environmental threat. As an investigative reporter for the daily newspaper Long Island Press, in 1970 I broke the story about the oil industry seeking to drill in the offshore Atlantic. In years following, I probed the environmental consequences of offshore oil and gas drilling finding, as Sarah Palin put it, "drill baby drill," coming with the the inevitability of "spill baby spill". I got on the story after a tip from a fisherman who said he had seen in the ocean east of Montauk - on the eastern tip of Long Island - the same kind of vessel as he observed searching for oil when he was a shrimper in the Gulf of Mexico. I spent the day telephoning oil companies. PR people for each insisted their companies were not involved in searching for oil in the Atlantic. Several scoffed at the very suggestion. But at day's end, as I was walking out of the office, there was a call from a PR guy at Gulf saying, yes, Gulf was involved in exploring for oil in the Atlantic - as part of a "consortium" of 32 oil companies. These included the companies which all day issued denials. It was a first lesson in oil industry honesty, an oxymoron. I traveled on the issue including, in 1971, visiting the first drilling rig set up in the Atlantic, off Nova Scotia. It was apparent on the rig that the offshore drilling process is fraught with danger. A rescue boat went round and round. Positioned on the rig were sealed capsules - designed to eject workers. "We treat every foot of hole like a potential disaster," explained the representative of Shell Canada. An oil well blow-out is one thing on land and another entirely on water. The Shell Canada official acknowledged that booms and other devices the oil industry claimed - and still maintains - contain spills "just don't work in over five foot-foot seas". The Atlantic, off Nova Scotia or to the south off the United States, is normally rough - over five foot seas are common. Thus the oil could be expected in many if not most circumstances to hit shore. But there are "stockpiles of clean-up material on shore," said the man from Shell Canada. No," he said, "not straw as in the States. Here we have peat moss". I pored over records involving spillage and offshore drilling. They reflected spillage as being chronic. According to Department of Interior records, between 1971 and 1975 there were 5,857 spills totally 51,421 barrels of oil from operations in the Gulf of Mexico. And, it was acknowledged, the offshore Atlantic is a far more precarious place to drill. As the President's Council on Environmental Quality declared in a 1974 report, "A major spill along the beaches of Cape Cod, Long Island or the Middle or South Atlantic states could devastate the areas affected. The Atlantic is a hostile environment for oil and gas operations. Storm and seismic conditions may be more severe than in either the North Sea or the Gulf of Mexico. Recreational industries could be hurt, especially where the character of the communities is one of isolation, historic preservation or natural beauty. Outer continental shelf oil and gas production will result in onshore development of huge refineries, petrochemical complexes, gas processing facilities". I traveled on the story - to Massachusetts where the Department of Interior was planning to lease 882,443 acres of offshore Atlantic lands on the George's Bank, one of the globe's foremost fishing grounds, for oil and gas drilling. I went to the Florida Keys in whose turquoise waters Interior would let oil companies drill. And I spent plenty of time in New Jersey - Interior held many of its meetings involving Mid-Atlantic leasing in the state capital of Trenton. In 1976, it leased 529,446 Mid-Atlantic acres to the oil industry for $1.1 billion. There was strong resistance up and down the Atlantic coast which included lawsuits. Various reports filed by Interior in response to the litigation admitted major environmental consequences from the drilling. In one, in 1978, in connection with the leasing of the 529,446 Mid-Atlantic acres, Interior said: "Recovery of the affected area from a large spill will be slow, probably requiring a minimum of ten years". For the anticipated 20-to-25 year lives of the fields, it forecast four large spills of more than 1,000 barrels, 58 spills of 50 to 1,000 barrels and 3,340 spills of up to 50 barrels. Much of the Atlantic coast - like that of the Gulf of Mexico where oil from the explosion at British Petroleum's Transocean Deepwater Explorer rig is expected to arrive imminently - is composed of estuaries, bay backs and miles upon miles of fragile wetlands, the spawning and feeding grounds for the chain of marine life. It's a "soft" coast that would absorb oil like a sop rag. There's no way to clean oil from wetlands, to clean it off the bottoms of bays, no way to get it off bay bottoms where shellfish live. [Oh well, who cares, kiss it goodbye, we mind-controlled Americans don't have what it takes to stop them. Massive evil stares us in the face and we shrug our shoulders. In the future when we're hungry, we can eat oil-globs instead of fish. Yum yum. (Good with catsup). -ed] The Department of Interior's 1978 Mid-Atlantic report warned that "adverse effects on commercial fisheries will be encountered" which would include "smothering of shellfish. Finfish and shellfish will suffer mortality from oil spills and flavor may change because of tainting". A leading scientist speaking out on off-shore Atlantic oil and gas drilling was the late Dr. Max Blumer of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. He also noted a human-cancer connection. Oil picked up on human skin or taken in through the eating of marine life that had ingested oil could be cancer-causing, he said. "When oil is spilled into the environment we lose control of it," Dr. Blumer warned. Countermeasures are "effective only if all the oil is recovered immediately after the spill. The technology to achieve this goal does not exist". It still does not exist. Drilling of the Atlantic was stopped by Congressional action. But that would end if Congress goes along with President Obama's declaration in his March 30th speech that "my administration will consider potential areas for development" for oil and gas drilling in the Mid- and South-Atlantic, the eastern Gulf of Mexico and off the north coast of Alaska. [Expletive deleted Obama. -ed] Beyond the environmental devastation threatened, the drilling itself would have a huge price: the cost of off-shore drilling is estimated at ten times the cost of drilling for petroleum on land. This would make for very expensive gasoline, oil requiring huge capital and operating expenses to mine.the kind of money with which could vastly expand our getting energy from the sun, the winds and other clean, safe, renewable sources. But oil companies, being oil companies, are fixed on their product. Karl Grossman, professor of journalism at the State University of New York/College at Old Westbury, has focused on investigative reporting on energy and environmental issues for more than 40 years. He is the host of the nationally-aired TV program Enviro Close-Up (www.envirovideo.com) and the author of numerous books. --------15 of 17-------- National Public Radio's (NPR) Pro-Israeli Bias by Stephen Lendman April 29th, 2010 Dissident Voice Since established in 1970, NPR ignored its public trust in favor of privilege, corporatism, militarism, imperial wars, and Israel's vilest crimes, including collective punishment, illegal occupation, targeted killings, land theft, dispossessions, home demolitions, crop destruction, mass incarcerations, torture, violence, and the 2008 - 09 Gaza war inflicting mass deaths, permanent injuries, vast devastation, and human misery against defenseless civilians, imprisoned under siege since June 2007, and afflicted by a dire humanitarian crisis as a result - exacerbated by conflict and intermittent attacks, issues NPR ignores or understates. It's notorious for its biased, shoddy reporting, pseudo-journalism, creeping commercialism, distracting non-news, and deceiving listeners it's public, non-profit, and impartial. Savvy media consumers know better and tune them out for delivering the same slanted coverage found on major networks and in broadsheets like the New York Times, Washington Post, and others - grossly favoring power, and when it comes to Israel its interests matter. Palestinian ones don't, so news is carefully filtered to distort facts, and report lies that when repeated enough become truths. In its May/June 2004 issue, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) asked "How Public Is Public Radio?" in examining its guest list choices - on all issues (including Israel), mostly government officials, corporate think tank representatives, professionals representing their interests, and other elite sources, the public comprising a tiny 7%. "For a public radio service intended to provide an independent alternative to corporate-owned and commercially-driven mainstream media," it said, "NPR is surprisingly reliant on mainstream sources, the public nearly entirely shut out, and when included they're largely nameless 'people in the street,' quoted in one-sentence sound bites with no impact". In December 2001, FAIR's Seth Ackerman discussed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict "Illusion of Balance" along with a companion November/December 2001 "Study of NPR's Coverage of Deaths in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict". It found an 81% likelihood that an Israeli death would be reported compared to 34% for a Palestinian. Among under age 18 Palestinians, only 20% were reported compared to 89% of Israelis, FAIR concluding that "being a minor makes your death more newsworthy to NPR if you are Israeli, but less" so, or not at all, if Palestinian. The imbalance is far greater today with few, if any, Israeli deaths, many Palestinian ones, but few ever reported and when done, it's dismissive, brief, and/or falsified as to the cause. FAIR October - February 2002 Action Alerts "repeatedly criticized NPR for describing periods when only Palestinians were being killed". as times of "relative calm (or) comparative quiet," - yet barely concealing outrage about Israeli deaths, only caused in response to unreported IDF or settler-initiated violence. Mainstream US media, including NPR, suppress stories like the London Guardian Rory McMarthy's on April 17, 2009 headlined, "Teargas canister shot kills Palestinian demonstrator," saying "Bassem Abu Rahmeh is (the) 18th person to die since 2004 during demonstrations against (the) West Bank('s)" Separation Wall. Before being killed, Abu Rahmed begged Israeli soldiers not to shoot lest they kill an Israeli, his last words in Hebrew being: "Officer, officer, officer, listen, you killed an Israeli, wait a moment, wait a moment!" Instead, a high-velocity gas canister hit him in the chest and killed him. "The Israeli military said it was looking into the incident," of course, meaning whitewash, cover-up, and exonerating soldiers to commit repeated atrocities and get away with it - but try finding that explained on NPR or any mainstream US news service where Palestinian suffering is a non-story. On April 6, 2007, Felice Pace's CounterPunch article discussed NPR's Weekend Edition, Saturday saying host Scott Simon "managed to do yet another NPR (Middle East) News interview (March 31) in which he completely ignores the central influence of the Palestinian People's plight," affecting the entire region, contributing to its instability. >From 1990-2009, Linda Gradstein was NPR's Israel correspondent, at the same time accepting pro-Israeli organization honoraria, the Electronic Intifada's Ali Abunimah and Nigel Parry reported on February 19, 2002 in their article headlined, "Special report: NPR's Linda Gradstein takes cash payments from pro-Israeli groups". Despite a clear conflict of interest, professional ethics, and NPR policy, she worked as a paid Israeli propagandist, EI writers concluding: "for some reason or other, Gradstein (was) effectively exempt from NPR's own regulations. These revelations only broaden existing concerns about the integrity of NPR's Middle East reporting and honesty of Linda Gradstein... the sad truth is that (she) rarely (met the minimum) standards,... nor do other NPR reporters covering foreign or domestic policies. They, like other major media reporters, are paid liars". Jews claim all Jerusalem as its historic capital, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declaring, during a May 22, 2009 Jerusalem Day ceremony (commemorating the city's 1967 reunification), that: "United Jerusalem is Israel's capital. Jerusalem was always ours and will always be ours. It will never again be partitioned and divided". For Muslims, it's Islam's third holiest site, containing the 35-acre Noble Sanctuary (al-Haram al-Sharif), including the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock. Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as its capital, yet Israel is dispossessing them one settlement expansion and home demolition at a time, world leaders turning a blind eye, letting it happen, despite disingenuous opposition rhetoric often quoted in mainstream reports, including NPR. On March 26, Mondoweiss.net published Henry Norr's article headlined, "When it comes to E. Jerusalem, 'NPR' misleads and misinforms,". offering examples from 22 recent broadcasts. NPR calls the city ".Israel's capital," its "undivided (or) unified capital," with a historic claim to it all. In contrast, Occupied East Jerusalem is dismissed as "disputed territory," its final status "only (to) be determined through negotiations" that may or may not occur, but given how previous ones were structured it won't matter. In three accounts, NRP quoted Netanyahu saying "The Jewish people were building Jerusalem 3,000 years ago," despite Judaic roots dating only from around 1,800 BC, the Old Testament calling Abraham the first Hebrew for refusing to worship the period's common idols, and organized Judaism dates from Moses around 1,500 BC. One "Talk of the Nation" report featured an Israeli analyst saying East Jerusalem settlement construction will continue because the entire city is "the heart and soul of the Jewish people". Analyst James Fallows told listeners that Israelis consider East Jerusalem settlements "necessary for their survival". Other reports described expropriated areas as idyllic "neighborhood(s)," hilltop "communit(ies)," pious Jews there "focus(ing) on their religious studies and pay(ing) little attention to the outside world". Their large families require settlement expansions to accommodate them, so Palestinians have to go, no matter that they and their ancestors lived there for centuries. Yet Israelis say East Jerusalem's 250,000 Palestinians have no historic claim to the city they "want" for their "future state" and "aspire" to be their capital - mindless that it already is and that no government, including America, recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital or has an embassy there. The November 1947 UN Partition Plan (Resolution 181) designated Jerusalem an international city under a UN Trusteeship Council, still binding today. The 1949 UN Resolution 273 gave Israel UN membership conditional on its implementing Resolutions 181 and 194 (December 1948) granting Palestinians their universally accepted "Right of Return" - topics NPR never explains. Though rarely discussed or reported, world governments and the International Court of Justice (ICJ) consider East Jerusalem occupied. Even the ICRC says so, calling Israeli actions there "illegal" under international law, specifically the 1907 Hague Regulations and Fourth Geneva's Article 49 stating: "Individual or mass transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory to the territory of the Occupying Power or to that of any other country, occupied or not, are prohibited, regardless of the motive". Neither shall "'The Occupying Power' deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies". In addition, numerous UN resolutions established "no legal validity" for occupied land acquisitions or settlement building. When violations occur, no nation may recognize or support them or the responsible state. Further, the 1960 Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples condemned "colonialism in all its forms and manifestations," including settlements deemed to be illegal. International laws are clear and unequivocal. NPR never reports or explains them - that: all Israeli settlements are illegal; growing numbers of Jews oppose them; many support the global BDS movement (boycott, sanctions, and divestment); more now leave Israel than arrive; and Palestinians are systematically persecuted, terrorized, and denied rights afforded solely to Jews, and are being dispossessed of property they owned and did "most of the building (on for) over the last 1,500 years". Their voices are virtually shut out. Instead, feature interviews are presented like All Things Considered host Robert Siegel's with Israel's US ambassador Michael Oren, saying: ". Jerusalem is sovereign Israeli territory, and it has the same status as Tel Aviv. And just as Israelis have a right to build anywhere in Tel Aviv, they have a right to build anywhere in the city of Jerusalem". Or another with Martin Indyk (former US Israeli ambassador and Netanyahu brother-in-law) hyping Iran as an "existential threat" when last September Reuters quoted Defense Minister Ehud Barak saying "Iran does not constitute an existential threat to Israel. Israel is strong. I don't see anyone who could pose an existential threat," though he called Iran a challenge to the whole world without being more specific. NPR pro-Israeli propaganda persists in deference to the Israeli Lobby and its funding sources, much of it corporate, from special interest foundations, and wealthy donors strongly supportive of Israel as are virtually every member of Congress and all administrations, Republican and Democrat. No matter, according to a FAIR May 17, 2005 Action Alert headlined, "CPB (the Corporation for Public Broadcasting) Turns to NPR as Latest 'Bias' Target". It quoted a May 16 New York Times report about the CPB considering "a study on whether NPR's Middle East coverage was more favorable to Arabs than to Israelis - further evidence that the agency intends to police public media for content it deems too ''liberal'.." Past FAIR analyses clearly exposed NPR's pro-Israeli coverage - recently more extreme, making it impossible for listeners to know truths NPR suppresses, much like the New York Times and rest of America's print and broadcast media, in contrast to Haaretz writers Amira Hass and Gideon Levy who tell it heroically to Israeli and world readers. A Final Comment Among its 25 top 2005 censored stories, Project Censored's No. 11 pick headlined, "The Media Can Legally Lie," a CMW Report, Spring 2003 by Liane Casten titled, "Court Ruled that Media Can Legally lie". It covered a unanimous February 2003 Florida Court of Appeals decision for Fox News, saying no rule prohibits distorting or falsifying news. It pertained to 1996 Jane Akre/Steve Wilson Fox affiliate WTVT, Tampa reports on bovine growth hormone (BGH) dangers, Monsanto's hazardous to human health genetically engineered milk additive. At first, the station loved them, but headquarters Fox executives and their attorneys wanted the reporters to admit falsifying evidence and produce bogus reports on BGH safety. They refused, threatened to inform the FCC, were fired, and sued - a district court jury deciding on their behalf, awarding Acre alone $425,000 in damages. Fox appealed and won, the Appellate Court saying Acre wasn't protected under Florida's whistleblower statute, it loosely interpreted to mean employers must violate an adopted "law, rule, or regulation". Fox simply followed "policy" entitling its stations to lie - whether on product safety or falsifying facts about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. NPR and other US major media operations take full advantage, keeping their listeners and readers in the dark and uninformed, while Palestinians are systematically persecuted, out of sight and mind, except for people concerned enough to learn the truth and tell it. Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. Contact him at: lendmanstephen [at] sbcglobal.net. Also visit his blog site and listen to The Global Research News Hour on RepublicBroadcasting.org Mondays from 11AM-1PM US Central time for cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests. All programs are archived for easy listening. Read other articles by Stephen. --------16 of 17-------- Immigration Enforcement is Out of Control at the Federal Level It's Not Just Arizona By BILL QUIGLEY SounterPunch April 30 - May 2, 2010 While people protest the terrible Arizona state law that uses local law enforcement to target immigrants, the federal government is expanding its efforts to use local law enforcement in immigration enforcement and has launched a major PR campaign to defend it. One example of the out-of-control federal program occurred last week in Maryland. Florinda Lorenzo-Desimilian, a 26 year old married mother of three, lives in Prince George's County Maryland. Last week she was arrested in her home by local police on a misdemeanor charge of selling $2 phone cards out of her apartment window without a license. Ms. Lorenzo-Desimilian was booked at the county jail. During booking, she was fingerprinted. Local police sent her prints to the FBI who in turn notified ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) that she had overstayed her work visa. Even though her three children are U.S. citizens, ICE kept her in jail for two days and is now trying to deport her. This is the result of a federal ICE and Homeland Security program called "Secure Communities" which is supposed to be targeting violent criminals. Instead, the program is really operating a dragnet scooping up and deporting tens of thousands of immigrants, like Ms. Lorenzo-Desimilian, who are no security risk to anyone. Congress provided funding to ICE and the Department of Homeland Security in 2008 to "identify aliens convicted of a crime, sentenced to imprisonment, who may be deportable, and remove them from the US once they are judged deportable". ICE says this program "supports public safety by strengthening efforts to identify and remove the most dangerous criminal aliens from the United States". However, ICE is not actually targeting convicted criminal aliens, dangerous aliens, or even violent aliens. They are targeting everyone. ICE, through Secure Communities contracts with local law enforcement offices, runs every accused person's fingerprints through multiple databases regardless how minor the charges. Thus, people like Ms. Lorenzo-Desimilian are subject to ICE investigation, detention and deportation. Monday, forty-five people protested with the human rights organization CASA Maryland against the ICE actions aimed at Ms. Lorenzo-Desimilian. Maryland State Representative Del Victor Ramirez challenged the Secure Communities sweeps in a statement to the Maryland Gazette. "She's not a threat. Should you really be deporting a nonviolent mother of three? There are much bigger problems we could be using our resources for". This ICE program is now operating in 165 jurisdictions in 20 states and aims to be in partnership with every local law enforcement office in the country in a few years. ICE admits that in its first one year period almost one million people were fingerprinted under this program. About one percent, or 11,000 people, were identified as immigrants arrested - arrested not convicted - for major crimes. Most of the people deported by ICE were picked up for minor or traffic charges and not violent crimes. As the Washington Post revealed in March, ICE has explicit internal goals to remove 150,000 immigrants through the "criminal alien removals" and to deport 250,000 others this year. Basic information about the ICE Secure Communities program has never seen the light of day. Questions like what are the error rates, what is the cost, how is oversight done, what about accountability for racial profiling and other questions have not been publicly disclosed. That is why the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, the Center for Constitutional Rights and the Immigration Justice Clinic of Benjamin Cardozo School of Law filed a federal Freedom of Information Act case against ICE and others this week. Protests aimed at the Secure Communities programs have occurred this week in Houston, Washington DC, New York, Miami, Atlanta, Raleigh, San Bernardino, and Maryland. Critics say the program makes the public less safe not more because it effectively blurs the role between local law enforcement and ICE agents seeking to deport immigrants. Protestors challenge the program deports people before they are even found guilty of committing a crime or even if the arrest was illegal or later dropped. They seek a moratorium on all ICE-local law enforcement partnerships until basic facts about the program are disclosed, debated and evaluated. They created a website of information at http://uncoverthetruth.org ICE responded to these protests with a six page internal media plan which included targeted op-eds in "major newspapers in the right cities where protests are planned". The ICE media memo indicated it also arranged ICE interviews with the New York Times, the Associated Press, La Opinion, Telemundo and the BBC. Regional ICE offices were directed to "reach out to English and Spanish language reporters initially in the eight cities where protests are planned Monday, April 23, to discuss the program and highlight its successes in that local area". The ICE memo listed sound bites and talking points including "Secure Communities is not about immigration. It's about information sharing with local law enforcement". The ICE media plan also states incredibly, on page five, "To date, ICE has not received any complaints of racial profiling". That would be real news to people across the country including Ms. Lorenzo-Similian and CASA Maryland. As the Arizona experience shows us, combining local law enforcement and federal immigration can prove to be quite toxic. Perhaps if ICE would stop spending money on PR to defend its lack of transparency and spend it instead on sharing information about the program so it could be fairly evaluated, the public would be better served. Bill Quigley is legal director of the Center for Constitutional Rights and a law professor at Loyola University New Orleans. His email is quigley77 [at] gmail.com --------17 of 17-------- Wake Up and Smell the System by Frank Scott May 1st, 2010 Dissident Voice The main cause of the destruction of the planet Earth is capitalism. - Evo Morales Not only is another world possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing. - Arundhati Roy The president of Bolivia and the writer from India speak for the majority population of earth which has born the brunt of the worst aspects of western culture. They are sending a wake up call to humanity to solve our existential problems as a race, the only one existing despite the propaganda, ignorance and hatred dividing us into competing national and ethnic entities that confuse learned culture with biological difference and jeopardize our future in the process. Capitalism is not responsible for every problem we face but it is responsible for most of them. When a financial crisis in Europe has nations near bankruptcy begging for help to save themselves from system collapse, finance capitalism is at the root of their problem. When mining disasters kill workers it is not the act of mining but industrial capitalism's pursuit of profit at the cost of worker safety that is the problem. And when off shore oil facilities sacrifice workers and cause a spill which threatens massive ecological destruction it is not simply extracting petroleum but the pursuit of private profit that puts life second to financial gain that is the problem. When Morales speaks of the threat to planet Earth, he means all of these things and more, and by confronting the menace he aims to help create another world materially that Roy speaks of poetically. That world is not only possible but necessary if humanity is to have a future, but that future will not be possible until we deal with the system of our past which weighs heavily on our present and threatens to deny our future as a human race. As subjects of western culture we need to understand that the age of selfish consumptive competition has passed. Theories that rationalize injustice in an objective reality of squalid poverty of billions for the subjective benefit of minority millions will no longer appease global majorities who suffer the wretched excess of the capitalist organization of life. When present systemic stress has a relatively affluent minority here in the USA acting like subjugated peasants under the rule of cruel royalty, what might the mood be among those who have paid the price of that minority's affluence? American activists work to reform health care, military policy, immigration and environmental laws and the civil rights of identity focused groups. These and numerous other single issues are all vital to reforming the system to meet human needs and the ideals of democracy. But none of them do more than help selected minorities or confront problems in isolation, often causing further social divisions in the process. This system cannot be reformed by changing only one aspect of its increasing signs of decline for the same reason that a failing machine cannot be repaired by replacing one component part while neglecting its engine. The engine of our system is capitalism; the pursuit of private profit through the market under corporate control, free of any public intrusion save for minor reforms that try to keep its most destructive tendencies from all working simultaneously and destroying society in the process. But destruction is what we face if we try to make society healthier by segregating one group or aspect of its illness from the social body without confronting the terminal social disease that escapes notice, is hidden from notice, or is forbidden from being noticed. Our public bailout of private capital is much greater than the 20th century one that saved the system the last time it was threatened by its internal dysfunctions. We are endlessly borrowing fabricated wealth from ourselves to protect a materially crumbling imperial structure that threatens to collapse on our heads. But more immediately, when legalized gambling entities called private banks are given trillions of our dollars to loan them back to us at exorbitant interest rates, Americans are being robbed more blatantly than ever before in the most colossal act of national plunder in our history. That massive robbery has created a state of near social psychosis, but the public's irrational reactions have been provoked by the irrational actions of their system's rulers. When finance capital conducts terror attacks on American workers, homeowners and pensioners, it is only doing what industrial capital did in the past. Creating great profits for some by causing great losses for others is what the system is supposed to do and will continue doing until it is transformed or destroys itself and everyone else in the bargain. When NAFTA introduces cheaper corn into Mexico, throws farmers off their land and then advertises for them to come to America as cheap labor on its farms and in its mills, it is simply acting for private profit. And when Americans surrender jobs and foot the social bills for the sudden entry of tens of thousands of foreigners, both sides are being used to absorb loss. But all too often the manipulated targets of wrath are either the profit creating illegal immigrants or their loss sustaining critics, not the capitalist system that created the problem. It's time for humanity to act on teachings of social justice that are only paid lip service now, if considered at all. The earth belongs to all of us but if we keep treating it as though only some of us own it and are privileged or chosen by some deity to exploit it for our benefit alone, it will collapse under the weight of a burden it has never known before. The sooner we acknowledge and deal with the fact spoken of by global leaders like Evo Morales, the sooner we embark on the path to the future potential for humanity spoken of by Arundhati Roy. Capitalism is the problem we have. Democracy is the solution we need. Frank Scott writes political commentary which appears in print in the Coastal Post and The Independent Monitor and online at the blog Legalienate. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ - 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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