|Progressive Calendar 05.15.10||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Sat, 15 May 2010 08:00:43 -0700 (PDT)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 05.15.10 1. Peace walk 5.15 9am Cambridge MN 2. Work justice 5.15 10am 3. Latinos/SEIU 5.15 10am 4. Mpls Greens 5.15 1pm 5. CUAPB 5.15 1:30pm 6. Northtown vigil 5.15 2pm 7. Packinghouse tour 5.15 2pm 8. Colombia/prison 5.15 3pm 9. Cop bond/charter 5.15 4:30pm 10. Stillwater vigil 5.16 1pm 11. Amnesty Intl 5.16 3pm 12. Ron Jacobs - Socialism, now more than ever --------1 of 12-------- From: Ken Reine <reine008 [at] umn.edu> Subject: Peace walk 5.15 9am Cambridge MN every Saturday 9AM to 9:35AM Peace walk in Cambridge - start at Hwy 95 and Fern Street --------2 of 12-------- From: Erin Parrish <erin [at] mnwomen.org> Subject: Work justice 5.15 10am May 15: Workplace Justice Support/Networking Meeting. 10 AM - Noon at the Minnesota Women's Building, 550 Rice Street, St. Paul. More information: 952-996-9291. --------3 of 12-------- From: Jason Stone <jason.stone [at] yahoo.com> Subject: Latinos/SEIU 5.15 10am 5. Coffee Hour: Latinos and Unionization with SEIU Local 26 - May 15 Saturday, May 15 10:00am-11:45am At the Resource Center of the Americas Presented in English This presentation will be about the work done by the SEIU Local 26 Contract Campaign 2010. SEIU Local 26 is a local property service union that represents over 5,000 workers in the Twin Cities in the 7 county metro area. Including the Security Officers and Window Cleaners. They will talk about their more recent Contract win in approving a contract that affect the lives of 4,000 working families in the 7 county metro area, primarily Latino immigrants, but also includes African immigrants and people from other countries. Speaker: Iris Altamirano has been Political Director of SEIU Local 26, a union that represents Janitors, Security Officers, and Window Cleaners in the 7 county Twin Cities metro, since 2006. Iris is first generation US Latina and was raised on a non-union janitor's salary in a small town in South Texas. Iris went on to be the first person in the history of her school to attend and graduate from an Ivy League, Cornell University. Mrs. Altamirano has worked toward social justice professionally for the past 8 years in community, political, and now union organizing, however was organizing long before that, without even knowing it was "organizing." CONTACT Iris Altamirano Email: ialtamirano [at] seiu26.org Phone: 612-703-2812 --------4 of 12-------- From: Susan Leskela <sleskela [at] comcast.net> Subject: Mpls Greens 5.15 1pm The Membership and Endorsing Meeting will be held on May 15, 2010 at the North Regional Library - 1315 Lowry Ave S, 55411. Starts at 1PM. There are 2 candidates asking for 5CD Green Party endorsement: Dan Craigie for State Representative 59B Doug Mann for School Board --------5 of 12--------- From: Michelle Gross <mgresist [at] visi.com> Subject: CUAPB 5.15 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) --------6 of 12-------- From: Vanka485 [at] aol.com Subject: Northtown vigil 5.15 2pm Peace vigil at Northtown (Old Hwy 10 & University Av), every Saturday 2-3pm --------7 of 12-------- From: Lydia Howell <lydiahowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Packinghouse tour 5.15 2pm MN History Day South St. Paul Packinghouse Tour Packinghouse Saturday, May 15, 2 pm Paul and Sheila Wellstone Center, 179 Robie St. E. Dave Riehle's annual labor history tour revisits South Saint Paul's turbulent labor history from the 1904 national packinghouse workers' strike to 1984's dynamic Iowa Pork strike. From organizing in the early 20th century by Serbian, Croatian and Polish workers at the giant Armour and Swift plants, to the protracted but successful struggle by immigrant Latino workers to unionize at Dakota Premium in the 1990s, the struggle continues. */Space is limited, so please call The Friends at 651-222-3242 to reserve your seat on the bus./* --------8 of 12-------- From: Women Against Military Madness <wamm [at] mtn.org> Subject: Colombia/prison 5.15 3pm Freedom for Colombian Political Prisoners Saturday, May 15, 3:00 p.m. Mayday Bookstore, 301 Cedar Avenue South, Minneapolis. The U.S. has spent almost 6 billion dollars since 2001 on Plan Colombia. Plan Colombia [started under that bastard Clinton -ed] funds war and misery because our tax dollars are spent by the right wing Colombian government on death squads which target all forms of resistance - including trade union activists. Colombia has horrible distinction of being the most dangerous place in the world to be a trade unionist and the worst human rights record in the Americas. [Thanks Bill -ed]. The FARC-EP, the largest revolutionary group in Colombia, is fighting for the liberation of their country. They want Colombian resources to be in the hands of the people not U.S. corporations or the elite of Colombia. [How un-American of them. -ed] Come hear from activists who know the struggle in Colombia and hear about their revolution. Lili Obando is an activist with FENSUAGRO (the national union of peasants/campesinos), and is under house arrest and on trial for her political opposition to the U.S. free trade and military policies in Colombia. Come hear more about her case. Ricardo Palmera is a negotiator for the FARC-EP. He was kidnapped by the U.S. in Ecuador in 2004 and U.S. courts tried him four times in order to get the guilty verdict they wanted. Now he is being tortured in the Colorado Super Max Prison. [Par for Kapitalist Amerika. Anything to help the rich screw the poor. -ed]. Speakers include: Erika Zurawski, Freedom Road; Karen Sullivan, Anti-War Committee; Meredith Aby, Colombia Action Network. Come hear how you can demand an end to his torture. Organized by: Freedom Road Socialist Organization. Endorsed by: WAMM. --------9 of 12-------- From: Michelle Gross <mgresist [at] visi.com> Subject: Cop bond/charter 5.15 4:30pm VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: NEW INITIATIVE TO HOLD COPS ACCOUNTABLE During last weekend's Mayday festival, CUAPB launched a new initiative to amend the Minneapolis city charter so that police officers will have to purchase individual professional liability policies to cover police brutality and misconduct. This initiative is long overdue as misconduct by the cops costs taxpayers millions each year - money that could have been used for housing homeless people, keeping our libraries open or any number of other important items. Not only will this relieve the burden from taxpayers but it is an ingenious way to add an element of risk management to local policing - if a police officer gets too many complaints/lawsuits, he or she will be dropped by the insurance company and would no longer be able to be a cop in Minneapolis. For this initiative to be successful, we have to get it on the ballot and that means we need to collect the signatures of 15,000 registered Minneapolis voters by July 1. That's where you come in. We need lots of canvassers to go door to door in selected neighborhoods in Minneapolis to explain the charter amendment and ask people to sign to put it on the ballot. From our work last weekend, we found that many people are eager to sign on once we explain the amendment. You'll work on a team with others and will be trained and have a script to follow. If you can be part of this historic effort, please come to a training session on Saturday, May 15 at 4:30 p.m. at Walker Church, 3100 16th Ave S, Minneapolis or call our hotline at 612-874-7867 to let us know you can help. --------10 of 12------- From: scot b <earthmannow [at] comcast.net> Subject: Stillwater vigil 5.16 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 --------11 of 12-------- From: Gabe Ormsby <gabeo [at] bitstream.net> Subject: Amnesty Intl 5.16 3pm GROUP 37 MONTHLY MEETING: SUNDAY, MAY 16 - 3 TO 5 P.M. Join us for our regular meeting on Sunday, May 16th, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. We will share updates on our current casework and activities in defense of human rights around the world. All are welcome, and refreshments will be provided. Location: Center for Victims of Torture, 717 E. River Rd. SE, Minneapolis (corner of E. River Rd. and Oak St.). Park on street or in the small lot behind the Center (the Center is a house set back on a large lawn). A map and directions are available on-line: http://www.twincitiesamnesty.org/meetings.html --------12 of 12-------- Rewriting the Rule Book Socialism, Now More Than Ever? By RON JACOBS CounterPunch May 14 - 16, 2010 I just finished watching a television ad for somebody running for a congressional seat in South Carolina. The man was either a Republican, Tea Partier or both. The bulk of the ad's thirty seconds was an attack on "socialized medicine" coming from Washington, DC. Now, of course most of us understand that the health care reform known as Obamacare is anything but socialized medicine. Yet, there is a sizable minority of US residents who honestly believe it is. This misunderstanding of what socialism actually is can be attributed to a few things, foremost among them are the monopolization of the media by mostly rightwing believers in the free market. The other fundamental reason for the lack of understanding about socialism in the United States is the failure of socialists to get the word out as to that system's true nature. Of course, some of that can be blamed on the very nature of media ownership in the US, but the rest of the blame rests with socialists who have failed to vocalize their philosophy and creatively work to spread the real meaning of a socialist society. It is not my intention to place blame here, but even if it was, there is one man active in the US socialist movement who would remain without blame. His book The Case for Socialism has been updated once again and is the most readable text available in English to explain what socialism is and why a socialist society is necessary if most of us are to live in a world worth living in. Barren of political jargon, replete with anecdotal tales of those to whom capitalism has been cruel or just unaware of in its pursuit of profit; and packed with responses to questions about the nature of socialism, The Case for Socialism is perhaps the closest thing today's socialists have to the granddaddy of all socialist texts for the average man (and woman)--The Communist Manifesto. This isn't a step-by-step guidebook to revolution, nor is it a dissertation-like cataloging of the ills of modern capitalist society. Instead, it is a clearly written look at the history of modern US capitalism and the left's struggle to make it more humane, despite the odds. Maas explains that the concessions made by industry and the world of finance--the eight hour day, an end to segregation, women's rights, etc.--were not given out of the kindness of the capitalists' hearts, but were the result of struggle. He also answers concerns many might have regarding the true nature of a socialist society and its relationship to democracy and freedom. Put simply, real democracy cannot exist in a society where elections are bought by those with the most money. Yet, reforms to that system like limiting campaign funding from Wall Street do not work either. Why? Very simple, says Maas: because reforms can be taken back when the capitalist system is in trouble. One need only look at the current situation regarding the loss of benefits, civil rights and civil liberties for verification of that fact. If one looks at the history of the past thirty years or so, the concessions given up by labor because capitalism was in crisis prove Maas's point even further. Or, if that isn't enough, why not just take a look at the current imperial occupations/wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Despite a very clear mandate from US voters to remove all troops from Iraq, the majority of them remain almost a year and a half after Obama's inauguration. On top of that, the rumblings are growing that the removal of several thousand of US combat troops from Iraq scheduled for August 2010 will now be delayed. When one reads in between the lines, the only reason given is because Washington and its cohorts in the financial sector are still not sure they will get what they want from an Iraqi nation without US troops inside its borders. Yet, socialists do fight for reforms. After all, they make workers lives better and they show that fighting for change does work. It is 2010. Monopoly capitalism has gambled itself into massive debt and now wants the workers to pay for it by dismantling any financial security they thought they were working for. Meanwhile, the bigwigs in government and finance make certain that their class is taken care of. So, just as in the case of reforms, when the times get tough for the ruling class, they rewrite the rule book to insure their continued wealth and dominance. That, writes Maas, is why the only way to prevent the repetition of this dynamic is to bring a socialist government into existence. That will only occur when the popular will demands it. It will take more than Maas's book, but it will not take place at all without an understanding of why socialism might very well be the solution so many in today's world are looking for. Reading The Case for Socialism is certainly a good place to begin that understanding. Ron Jacobs is author of The Way the Wind Blew: a history of the Weather Underground, which is just republished by Verso. Jacobs' essay on Big Bill Broonzy is featured in CounterPunch's collection on music, art and sex, Serpents in the Garden. His first novel, Short Order Frame Up, is published by Mainstay Press. 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