|Progressive Calendar 05.06.10||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Thu, 6 May 2010 16:31:35 -0700 (PDT)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 05.06.10 BOYCOTT BP - PUT IT OUT OF BUSINESS 1. End US torture/f 5.06 7pm 2. Vs free trade/f 5.06 7pm 3. Mexican/art/rev 5.06 7pm 4. Shadow theater 5.06 8:30pm 5. Unallotment 5.07 8am 6. Dirty oil 5.07 11am 7. Cinco de Mayo 5.07 4pm 8. Palestine vigil 5.07 4:15pm 9. Joe Hill/film 5.07 7pm 10. Amy Goodman - BP: Billionaire Polluter --------1 of 10-------- From: Women Against Military Madness <wamm [at] mtn.org> Subject: End US torture/f 5.06 7pm Film Screening and Discussion: "Ending U.S.-Sponsored Torture Forever" Thursday, May 6, 7:00 p.m. St. Joan of Arc Church, Hospitality Hall, 4537 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis. Can torture be justified in certain circumstances? Do "harsh interrogation techniques" make Americans safer? Can cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment of prisoners be morally justified? Now that President Obama has issued an executive order halting torture, the National Religious Campaign Against Torture is working to build the moral consensus that torture is always wrong. "Ending U.S.-Sponsored Torture Forever," is a new study resource for congregations of various faiths. Discussion follows. Sponsored by: the St. Joan of Arc/WAMM Peacemakers. FFI: Call 612-827-5364. --------2 of 10-------- From: Jason Stone <jason.stone [at] yahoo.com> Subject: Vs free trade/f 5.06 7pm Movie: The Emperor's New Clothes, A Cautionary Tale of Free Trade - May 6 Celebrate World Fair Trade Day with the Sierra Club and MN Fair Trade Coalition! Join us for a movie that exposes the costly side of "free" trade and learn how you can be involved in creating positive change. The Emperor's New Clothes: A Cautionary Tale of Free Trade Thursday, May 6 7:00pm - 8:30pm Seward Co-op 2832 East Franklin Ave Minneapolis, MN The Emperor's New Clothes: A Cautionary Tale of Free Trade takes an impassioned look at the effects of economic globalization on workers in Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Filmed over a three-year period, the film looks at life before, during and after the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The movie follows a Canadian delegation of workers to Mexico to see where some of their jobs have gone. They find the lawns in front of industrial plants greened by sprinklers, while some Mexican workers live in cardboard shacks without running water. It takes an incisive look at the profound effects that economic agreements between big business and government can have on human lives, including increased cuts to social programs, massive unemployment, environmental damage, and demoralization. This event is free to all! Space is limited, so pre-registration with Customer Service (612-338-2465) is required. --------3 of 10-------- From: Lydia Howell <lydiahowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Mexican/art/rev 5.06 7pm TUNE IN to KFAI Radio's ART MATTERS Thursday May 6, 7pm to hear a conversation with artist-curators TINA and XAVIER TAVERA talking about the current Intermedia Arts exhibit "INDEPENDENCE & REVOLUTION: 1810/1910/2010" of Mexican artists. Guest host Lydia Howell.(more info about exhibition below) Art Matters is on KFAI, 90.3fm Mpls 106.7 fm St.Paul --------4 of 10-------- From: Jane Powers <janepow [at] earthlink.net> Subject: Shadow theater 5.06 8:30pm A social-political tale in 3 parts over 3 evenings Date & Time: Thursday, May 6 at dusk (about 8:30 pm) Place: Mill Ruins Park (waterfront of Mill City Museum) Date & Time: Friday, May 7 at dusk (about 8:30 pm) Place: Hennepin Ave and 3rd Street Date & Time: Sturday, May 8 at dusk (bout 8:30 pm) Place: Laura Ingalls Wilder School, E 34th Street, between Chicago Ave. & Elliot Ave. Note: In collaboration with Youth Projection Art Crew from Pillsbury House MINNEAPOLIS, MN - Puppeteers Bart Buch and Kyle Loven, Minneapolis Art on Wheels (MAW) Artists in Residence, in collaboration with MAW researchers Sinan Goknur and Andrea Steudel, present Shadows with No Capital: a multiple-evening shadow projection piece that employs the cast of characters of traditional Turkish shadow theatre and places them in new territory, modern day Minneapolis. Visual language, shadow puppetry, video and music combine in outdoor performances. The story unfolds over the course of three evenings. For the final performance the Shadows with No Capital project collaborates with the Youth Projection Art Crew (P.A.C). Youth P.A.C. is a community arts initiative led by MAW and Pillsbury House in Central Neighborhood of Minneapolis. Minneapolis Art on Wheels (MAW) is an artist collective dedicated to activating public spaces with large-scale projections of sound and video. MAW develops software, hardware and methodologies for participatory urban projection and helps artists and community organizations utilize these instruments to creatively claim and transform public spaces. jane powers janepow [at] earthlink.net 612.203.3248 studio/cell 612.823.6921 home --------5 of 10-------- From: Dennis Hill <dhill726 [at] yahoo.com> Subject: Unallotment 5.07 8am Center for the Study of Politics and Governance What Now? Consequences of Supreme Court's Unallotment Ruling Senator Julianne Ortman (R), Senate Counsel Peter Wattson, and Representative Ryan Winkler (DFL)// Moderated by Lawrence Jacobs, professor, University of Minnesota Friday, May 7 8:00-9:15 AM Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey Institute [An often establishment venue -ed] 301 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis The Minnesota Supreme Court's ruling, striking down Governor Tim Pawlenty's unallotments, is an historic decision regarding the process of budgeting with unknown consequences today and into the future. Three key figures in the process of lawmaking and unallotment will discuss the immediate and longer-term consequences of the Court's decision at the Capitol. To request disability accommodations, please call 612-625-2530 or email cspg [at] umn.edu <mailto:cspg [at] umn.edu>. --------6 of 10-------- From: Lydia Howell <lydiahowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Dirty oil 5.07 11am Fri.May 7,11am: Catalyst/KFAI Radio In the wake of the BP oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, what are the clean alternaives to oil? Tune in Friday,May 7, 11am to KFAI's CATALYST to hear two longtime Minnesota environmentalists talk about renewable energy - what it is and how to implement it: KEN PENTEL of ECOLOGY DEMOCRACY NETWORK and DAN ENDERSON of the Minnesota chapter of CLEAN WATER ACTION.Archived for 2 weeks after broadcasat on the CATALYST page at http://www.kfai.org --------7 of 10-------- From: Jason Stone <jason.stone [at] yahoo.com> Subject: Cinco de Mayo 5.07 4pm Festival: Cinco de Mayo Festival St. Paul - May 7-8 Cesar Chavez St. May 7th, 4pm-9pm Live music on 2 stages May 8th, 8am-6pm Parade at 10am (Plato St and Wabasha) CONTACT Riverview Economic Development --------8 of 10-------- From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at] riseup.net> Subject: Palestine vigil 5.07 4:15pm The weekly vigil for the liberation of Palestine continues at the intersection of Snelling and Summit Aves in St. Paul. The Friday demo starts at 4:15 and ends around 5:30. There are usually extra signs available. --------9 of 10-------- From: Socialist Appeal <new [at] socialistappeal.org> Subject: Joe Hill/film 5.07 7pm Remembering Labor's Martyrs - The Ballad of Joe Hill - Friday, 7 pm, Mayday Books (301 Cedar Ave S) Remembering Labor's Martyrs: The Ballad of Joe Hill A film by Bo Widerberg This evocative 1971 Swedish production presents a historical dramatization of the life and death of Wobbly songwriter Joe Hill shot by a Utah firing squad in 1915 for a murder he didn't commit. Friday, May 7, 7:00PM Mayday Books 301 Cedar Ave South Minneapolis Sponsored by Socialist Action, Workers International League and Mayday Bookstore. [Locally world-famous film critic Morgan Soderberg super-reccommends this film - "Be there or be unaware!" -ed] --------10 of 10-------- BP: Billionaire Polluter by Amy Goodman Wednesday, May 5, 2010 TruthDig.com Less than a week after British Petroleum's Deepwater Horizon drilling platform exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 workers and unleashing what could be the worst industrial environmental disaster in U.S. history, the company announced more than $6 billion in profits for the first quarter of 2010, more than doubling profits from the same period the year before. Oil industry analyst Antonia Juhasz notes: "BP is one of the most powerful corporations operating in the United States. Its 2009 revenues of $327 billion are enough to rank BP as the third-largest corporation in the country. It spends aggressively to influence U.S. policy and regulatory oversight." The power and wealth that BP and other oil giants wield are almost without parallel in the world, and pose a threat to the lives of workers, to the environment and to our prospects for democracy. Sixty years ago, BP was called the Anglo-Iranian Oil Co. (AIOC). A popular, progressive, elected Iranian government had asked the AIOC, a largely British-owned monopoly, to share more of its profits from Iranian oil with the people of Iran. The AIOC refused, so Iran nationalized its oil industry. That didn't sit well with the U.S., so the CIA organized a coup d' etat against Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh. After he was deposed, the AIOC, renamed British Petroleum, got a large part of its monopoly back, and the Iranians got the brutal Shah of Iran imposed upon them, planting the seeds of the 1979 Iranian revolution, the subsequent hostage crisis and the political turmoil that besets Iran to this day. In 2000, British Petroleum rebranded itself as BP, adopting a flowery green-and-yellow logo, and began besieging the U.S. public with an advertising campaign claiming it was moving "beyond petroleum." BP's aggressive growth, outrageous profit and track record of petroleum-related disasters paint a much different picture, however. In 2005, BP's Texas City refinery exploded, killing 15 people and injuring 170. In 2006, a BP pipeline in Alaska leaked 200,000 gallons of crude oil, causing what the Environmental Protection Agency calls "the largest spill that ever occurred on the [Alaskan] North Slope." BP was fined $60 million for the two disasters. Then, in 2009, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fined BP an additional $87 million for the refinery blast. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis said: "BP has allowed hundreds of potential hazards to continue unabated. ... Workplace safety is more than a slogan. It's the law." BP responded by formally contesting all of OSHA's charges. President Barack Obama said of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, "Let me be clear: BP is responsible for this leak; BP will be paying the bill." Riki Ott is not so sure. She is a marine toxicologist and former "fisherma'am" from Alaska, and was one of the first people to respond to the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil disaster. Exxon deployed an army of lawyers to delay and defeat the legal claims of the people who were physically and/or financially harmed by the Valdez spill. "What we know is that the industry does everything it can to limit its liability," she told me. The (Mobile, Ala.) Press-Register reported that Alabama Attorney General Troy King told BP to "stop circulating settlement agreements among coastal Alabamians." Apparently, BP was requiring owners of fishing boats seeking work mitigating the spill to waive any and all rights to sue BP in the future. Despite a BP spokesperson's pledge that the waivers would not be enforced, the news report stated, "King said late Sunday that he was still concerned that people would lose their right to sue by accepting settlements from BP of up to $5,000." Even if BP doesn't trick victims into signing away the right to sue, the 1990 Oil Pollution Act, while requiring polluters to pay the actual hard costs of the cleanup, caps the additional financial liability of a spill at just $75 million. Given that millions of people will be impacted by the spill, by the loss of fisheries and tourism, and by the cascade of impacts on related industries, $75 million is small change. That is why Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., introduced a bill to raise the economic-damages liability cap to $10 billion, calling the bill the Big Oil Bailout Prevention Act. Riki Ott is touring New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, educating people about the toxic effects of the spill, and helping them prepare for the long fight ahead to hold BP accountable. BP will surely continue its dirty practices, fighting accountability in the courts, in the press and on the oil-drenched beaches. BP: be prepared. Denis Moynihan contributed research to this column. 2010 Amy Goodman Amy Goodman is the host of "Democracy Now!," a daily international TV/radio news hour airing on 800 stations in North America. She was awarded the 2008 Right Livelihood Award, dubbed the .Alternative Nobel. prize, and received the award in the Swedish Parliament in December. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ - 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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