Progressive Calandar 05.20.10
From: David Shove (
Date: Thu, 20 May 2010 10:00:18 -0700 (PDT)
             P R O G R E S S I V E   C A L E N D A R   05.20.10

1. Gardening          5.20 4:30pm
2. Eagan peace vigil  5.20 4:30pm
3. Northtown vigil    5.20 5pm
4. Mel Duncan         5.20 5pm
5. Bioneers begins    5.20 6pm
6. Climate/Copenhagen 5.20 7pm
7. Amnesty Intl       5.20 7:15pm
8. Vigil/BP disaster  5.20 8pm

9. Oaxaca massacre    5.21 12noon
10. Palestine vigil   5.21 4:15pm
11. Merriam potluck   5.21 6:30pm
12. NV protest        5.21 6:30pm

13. Andy Hamerlinck - Greens stand with nurses
14. Glenn Greenwald - What explains the anti-establishment sentiment?
15. Mickey Z.       - The truth about immigration

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From: Annie <annie [at]>
Subject: Gardening 5.20 4:30pm

4:30 TO 6 pm
We want you!

Two Ponies Gardens and the Youth Environmental Law Literacy program (YELL)
will guide us as we:

Measure and mark off the garden space
(located on the south side of the building)
Test the soil
Install a compost bin and learn about compost
Plant crops in container

Bring tools and your gardening clothes or just bring yourself to cheer us
on, and find out how you can be involved.  We will give a short history of
the garden project and how it fits into the healthy and sustainable goals
for our community.

See you there, on the south side of Southside!
Annie Follett For the Healthy Communities and Garden Committees

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From: Greg and Sue Skog <family4peace [at]>
Subject: Eagan peace vigil 5.20 4:30pm

PEACE VIGIL EVERY THURSDAY from 4:30-5:30pm on the Northwest corner of
Pilot Knob Road and Yankee Doodle Road in Eagan. We have signs and
candles. Say "NO to war!" The weekly vigil is sponsored by: Friends south
of the river speaking out against war.

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From: EKalamboki [at]
Subject: Northtown vigil 5.20 5pm

NORTHTOWN Peace Vigil every Thursday 5-6pm, at the intersection of Co. Hwy
10 and University Ave NE (SE corner across from Denny's), in Blaine.

Communities situated near the Northtown Mall include: Blaine, Mounds View,
New Brighton, Roseville, Shoreview, Arden Hills, Spring Lake Park,
Fridley, and Coon Rapids.  We'll have extra signs.

For more information people can contact Evangelos Kalambokidis by phone or
email: (763)574-9615, ekalamboki [at]

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From: Women Against Military Madness <wamm [at]>
Subject: Mel Duncan 5.20 5pm

A Tribute to Mel Duncan
Thursday, May 20, 5:00 p.m. St. Albert's Catholic Church, 2836 33rd
Avenue South, Minneapolis.

Mel Duncan, former executive director and co-founder Nonviolent Peaceforce
with David Hartsough, has moved to a new role as director of outreach.
It's time to honor Mel for what he has accomplished and for who he is.
We'll celebrate the force for peace that has proven effective under his
leadership, and we'll celebrate Mel's birthday as well. Social time at
5:00 p.m. and a dinner at 6:00 p.m. with a program to follow. Share good
food, good music, and many stories and memories. Advance reservations are
required. FFI and Reservations: Contact Kim Beaulieu, 612-871-0005 (x11)
or kbeaulieu [at]  Sponsored by: The Hartsough-Duncan
Founders Circle.

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From: biego001 [at]
Subject: Bioneers begins 5.20 6pm

The First 2010 Northland Bioneers Event
Introduction to Permaculture: a comprehensive introductory seminar with
Bill Wilson
Thursday, May 20, 2010 at the Uptown Wellness Center beginning at 6:00p.m.
Doors open at 5:30p.m.
At the The Exchange Church inside the Uptown Wellness Center
2920 Bryant Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55408-2195

This event includes: Opening Remarks from the Northland Bioneers
Conference Planning Team ~ A short film presentation on Bioneers ~
Permaculture Seminar with Bill Wilson ~ An "Open Space" exercise for
practical, local permaculture solutions development

Seminar includes: A grounded understanding of what permaculture is, a good
idea of where and how it can be applied, some vivid examples of what
permaculture can actually accomplish, and where someone can go to find
more information on this fascinating subject." More information on this
seminar (you can phrase it in any way you prefer or simply place the

About the speaker: Bill Wilson is an educator, communitarian and
permaculturist.   Midwest Permaculture, which he started with his wife
and partner Rebecca, is known for its excellent trainings.

BIONEERS CONFERENCE. For more information about this event call: (612)

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From: Joe Schwartzberg <schwa004 [at]>
Subject: Climate/Copenhagen 5.20 7pm

Thursday, May 20, 7:00 - 9:00 pm.
Free and open to the public.
Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church,
511 Groveland Avenue, Minneapolis (at Lyndale &
Hennepin). Park in church lot.

Neither the limited success of the Copenhagen Climate Conference nor the
comfortable cynicism of the "climate deniers" can change the fact that
climate change is a very significant challenge. Join two local "climate
champions" to dialogue about this issue. They will share their experiences
at the Copenhagen conference and discuss what lcal residents can do in the
coming months to support climate legislation, energy efficiency and
healthy life styles in our communities,

Presenters: Paul Thompson and JimNelson

Paul is a member of the Edina Energy and Environment Commission, a retired
teacher, former Peace Corps volunteer and founder of the blog Cool Planet.
In 1989 he won the Sargent Shriver Award for Distinguished Humanitarian
Service, given to a retired Peace Corps volunteer whose activities carry
on the spirit of the Peace Corps. Paul was very engaged throughout the
Copenhagen summit rallying activists. He continues climate work and
promoting healthy life styles in his own community and consults with other
communities. He is an avid volunteer for many groups including the Will
Steger Foundation and

Jim is a long-time active member of Citizens for Global Solutions. He
spent a 42-year career as a finance manager in a number of regional
aerospace companies. Currently, he performs market research for Compass
Consulting Group helping international companies that produce
environmental technologies. He is also Managing Director for a small
wholesale plant nursery business. At Copenhagen he spent time with members
of several UN Association groups from around the world promoting
re-vegetation to help restore climate balance. Jim is especially concerned
about the poor and marginalized who are most often negatively impacted by
climate change.

Sponsors: Minnesota Chapter, Citizens fof Global Solutions; Minnesota
Alliance of Peacemakers; United Nations Association of Minnesota; Social
Concerns Committee, Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church

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From: Gabe Ormsby <gabeo [at]>
Subject: Amnesty Intl 5.20 7:15pm

AIUSA Group 315 (Wayzata area) meets Thursday, May 20th, at 7:15 p.m. St.
Luke Presbyterian Church, 3121 Groveland School Road, Wayzata (near the
intersection of Rt. 101 and Minnetonka Blvd). For further information,
contact Richard Bopp at Richard_C_Bopp [at]

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From: Christine Frank <christinefrank [at]>
Subject: Vigil/BP disaster 5.20 8pm

Vigil for the Gulf oil disaster - May 20 at 8pm, Stone Arch Bridge.

Thursday, May 20 marks one month since the tragic Deepwater Horizon oil
rig explosion ignited one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S.
history. Local citizens will mark the date with a Candlelight Vigil to
honor the lost lives and livelihoods of the Gulf coast and to demonstrate
opposition to another environmental disaster in the making in America's
Arctic Ocean, where risky exploratory drilling is set to begin amid swells
and sea-ice on July 1.

We support the people who are working tirelessly to stop the flow of oil
into the Gulf. The disaster response crews are in our thoughts and
prayers. The faster we can stop the flow of oil, the less damage our
wildlife and coastal communities will face.

Like the Gulf Coast, America's Arctic Ocean is a fragile ecosystem that
supports abundant, unique wildlife like the beloved polar bear.  The
Inupiat people have lived off the bounty of this place for thousands of
years. Neither the existing technology nor capacity is sufficient to clean
up a spill in the Arctic's harsh environment.

As the disaster in the Gulf has shown us, drilling is a dirty and
dangerous business. President Obama must call for a timeout on new
offshore drilling in the Arctic Ocean and around the nation until we can
prevent a drilling disaster from happening in America's extremely
sensitive ecosystems.

Thursday, May 20, 8 p.m.
Alaska Wilderness League, YOUR ORGANIZATION, Everyone who wants to join
Stone Arch Bridge over the Mississippi River - our direct waterway
connection to the Gulf of Mexico - 125 Main St SE Mpls MN 55414. Please
consider using alternative transportation to join us. The closest Hiawatha
Light Rail stop is Government Plaza Station, 352 S. 5th St.
Bring candles and message signs if you have them!

CONTACT:   Lois Norrgard, Alaska Wilderness League, 952-881-7282,
lois [at]

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From: Lydia Howell <lydiahowell [at]>
Subject: Oaxaca massacre 5.21 12noon

Nick Espinosa wrote:
Twin Cities Activists Condemn Oaxaca Paramilitary Massacre*

Minnesotans urge calls into the Mexican Consulate to investigate recent
paramilitary violence in lead up to a protest// Friday//, May 21, NOON @
Consulate of Mexico, 797 East 7th Street Saint Paul, MN. 55106./

May 17th , Minneapolis--Activists hung a banner over I-35 to protest
recent paramilitary attacks in Oaxaca against the autonomous community of
San Juan Copala, Mexico.

They are asking supporters of human rights to call in to the Mexican
consulate this week, leading up to a protest on Friday when community
members will deliver a letter demanding the Mexican government investigate
the murders.

Over the weekend 11 women and children were kidnapped at gunpoint by the
paramilitary group UBISORT while trying to bring food and medicine to San
Juan Copala.

This follows the April 27th UBISORT murder of two human rights observers,
Beatrice Cario and Jyri Jaakkola.  About 25 more people who were present
at the time of the attack were injured and have continued to receive death
threats from UBISORT. These individuals were part of a support and
solidarity caravan heading to the autonomous community of San Juan Copala,

The Mexican government is refusing to investigate these murders and is
continuing to escalate the suffering to the people in San Juan Copala.
Currently, the government is cutting off electricity and water to the
community, as well as refusing the entrance of food and teachers.

"We as U.S. citizens have the responsibility to hold our own government
accountable for the increased militarization of Mexico" Said one
organizer. "Since 2008, the U.S. government has used the "war against
drugs and organized crime" to justify $1.6 Billion in funding for the
Merida Initiative giving weapons, intelligence and training to a
repressive regime. There can be no question that U.S. foreign policies are
financing the militarization of communities in Oaxaca."

The people of San Juan Copala are calling for international solidarity as
they fear another paramilitary attack and continue to suffer injustice.

These attacks are part of an ongoing governmental campaign of fear and
intimidation to the indigenous communities of Oaxaca as they work towards
self-determination against the furthering of colonialism in their

Contact: Nick Espinosa espinosa.nick [at]
<mailto:espinosa.nick [at]> ###

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From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at]>
Subject: Palestine vigil 5.21 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

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From: "Krista Menzel (Merriam Park Neighbors for Peace)" <web [at]>
Subject: Merriam potluck 5.21 6:30pm

Friday, May 21, 2010
2010 Merriam Park Neighbors for Peace Potlucks
We hold a monthly potluck at a member's home or go out to dinner
together - usually on a Friday at 6:30 p.m.
Please e-mail info [at] or call Anne at (651) 647-0580 or Krista at
(651) 641-7592 for more information.

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From: Rowley Clan <rowleyclan [at]>
Subject: NV protest 5.21 6:30pm

Invitation from Barbara and Dick Chadwick:
Our good friend, Jasiu Milanowski, a long time Peace activist, is visiting
me from Michigan and will be speaking to a group at my home on Friday
night, May 21st at 6:30pm.  His topic is Non-Violent Protest that works.
We will have food and drinks.  An RSVP would be nice.  Our phone # is 952
445 2425. The address is 9530 Foxford Rd., Chanhassen, MN.

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From: Andy Hamerlinck <iamandy [at]>
Subject: Greens Stand With Nurses

Here's a statement from the Green Party of St. Paul on the nurses strike
authorization vote last night. I encourage other local units to pass their
own resolutions. It's possible that a one-day strike could occur as early
as June 1. I'll try to keep folks informed as to when this happens. Greens
should be there on the line. This is potentially the largest strike in
state history.

Andy St. Paul/4th CD

Green Party Stands With Nurses

The Green Party of St. Paul stands with the over 12,000 nurses from 14
Twin Cities hospitals that have voted to strike tonight. Nurses are
standing up for safe staffing levels, better patient care, and protecting
their hard-earned pensions. If hospitals can afford to continue to give
huge bonuses to well-paid executives, they can afford to treat their
patients and front line workers with dignity and respect.

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What Explains the Anti-Establishment Sentiment?
by Glenn Greenwald
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Common Dreams

After last night's election results, there's no doubt that the electorate
has contempt for Washington incumbents and the political establishment.
Virtually every media account dutifully recites the same storyline -- that
these results reflect an "anti-incumbent" mood -- but virtually none of
these stories examines the reasons for that "mood."  Why do Americans,
seemingly regardless of party affiliation or geographic location, despise
the political establishment?

One reason why media mavens seem reluctant, even unable, to grapple with
this question is because it so plainly falls outside their familiar,
comfortable narratives.  Contrary to efforts earlier this year to depict
the problem as one aimed at Democratic incumbents due to the unpopular
health care plan and the growing "tea party" movement, Republican voters
-- as demonstrated in Florida, Utah, and last night in Kentucky -- clearly
hate their own party's leadership at least as much as the animosity
directed toward Democratic incumbents.  The trend is plainly
trans-partisan and trans-ideological, and the establishment political
media has a very difficult time understanding or explaining dynamics about
which that is true.

So extreme is the anger toward the political establishment that not even
popular politicians have any impact on it.  Despite the fact that he
remains quite popular with his state's GOP voters, Mitch McConnell's
handpicked candidate was slaughtered in Kentucky by a highly
unconventional and establishment-scorned Rand Paul.  And just as
Massachusetts voters did in December when President Obama traveled there
to plead with them to elect Martha Coakley, only for them to reject those
pleas and send Scott Brown to the Senate, Democratic voters completely
ignored Obama's vigorous support for incumbent Senators Arlen Specter and
Blanche Lincoln, sending the former to ignominious defeat after 30 years,
and forcing the latter into an extremely difficult run-off with Bill
Halter (who was recruited by Accountability Now, an organization I helped
found and continue to run).

It makes perfect sense that the country loathes the political
establishment.  Just look at its rancid fruits over the past decade:  a
devastating war justified by weapons that did not exist; a financial
crisis that our Nation's Genuises failed to detect and which its elites
caused with lawless and piggish greed; elections that seem increasingly
irrelevant in terms of how the Government functions; grotesquely lavish
rewards for the worst culprits juxtaposed with miserable unemployment and
serious risks of having basic entitlements (Social Security) cut for
ordinary Americans; and a Congress that continues to be owned, right out
in the open, by the very interests that have caused so much damage.  The
political establishment is rotten to its core, and the only thing that's
surprising is that the citizenry's contempt isn't even more intense than
it is.  But precisely because that dynamic so clearly transcends
Left/Right or Democratic/GOP dichotomies, little effort is expended to
understand or explain it.

One of the most interesting and important questions is whether this
trans-partisan, anti-establishment anger can bring about some cracks in
the rigid partisan polarization that serves, more than anything else, to
preserve the status quo.  Consider, for instance, that Rand Paul's
campaign included some serious questioning of the war in Afghanistan and
that Sen. Tom Coburn recently threatened to filibuster the $33.5 billion
war supplemental spending bill if it isn't independently paid for,
combined with the Democrats' realization that they will be forced on their
own to fund the endless -- and increasingly ugly -- war in Afghanistan.
Or consider the odd spectacle that numerous Republicans are beginning to
take the lead in questioning and even objecting to the Obama
administration's efforts to further whittle away civil liberties and vest
itself with greater unchecked power.

It's possible that the pervasive, trans-partisan anger can muddle, even
re-arrange, the rigid partisan divisions that prevent citizens of similar
interests from working together against the factions that control
Washington.  One saw that in the alliance between progressives (such as
Alan Grayson and Bernie Sanders) and conservatives (such as Ron Paul) that
led to the enactment of the Audit the Fed bill, as well as in similar
alliances during the Bush years in opposition to the assaults on the
Constitution (such as the one forged by Al Gore and Bob Barr).  This isn't
Broderian bipartisanship where the two parties' mix their policies into a
muddled, watered-down mish-mash of nothing for its own sake.  It's far
more substantive than that:  a refusal to allow ordinary citizens to be
divided (and thus weakened) along artificial tribal lines, thereby
enabling the establishment factions that feed at the Washington trough to
maintain their same power in unchallenged form.

I'm not particularly optimistic about this possibility.  The reality is
that the American Right is still the movement of Rush Limbaugh, Fox News,
and Sarah Palin, really no different -- despite its "tea party"
re-branding -- than what spawned the Bush/Cheney extremism of the last
decade.  And even Rand Paul, who some are trying to depict as a crusading
civil libertarian and anti-war advocate, ran on a platform (as Scott Brown
did) of opposing the closing of Guantanamo, the use of civilian trials for
accused Terrorists, and the granting of visas to people from numerous
Muslim countries.  Many of the key ignorant and primitive orthodoxies of
modern conservatism are as strong as ever.  Other than some (extremely
hypocritical and opportunistic) war questioning and some anger over the
growing corporate-Government overlap, I have a very hard time looking at
the American Right and finding much cause for optimism about any of what's
taking place over there.

Still, it's hard not to be encouraged by the disgust which the citizenry
clearly has for the political establishment regardless of party, as well
as the resulting (and increasing) fear and confusion on the part of the
political class.  This sort of citizenry anger can re-arrange political
alignments and explode political orthodoxies in fundamental and
unpredictable ways.  There is, to be sure, a risk in that, but there is a
far greater risk in simply allowing the destructive political status quo
to linger in unchanged form for much longer.

Glenn Greenwald was previously a constitutional law and civil rights
litigator in New York. He is the author of the New York Times Bestselling
book "How Would a Patriot Act?," a critique of the Bush administration's
use of executive power, released in May 2006. His second book, "A Tragic
Legacy", examines the Bush legacy.

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The Truth about Immigration
by Mickey Z.
May 19th, 2010
Dissident Voice

Everything negative you've heard about immigration is true. In fact, all
the election cycle talk about lazy parasites pouring over borders to leech
off another nation's resources doesn't go far enough in explaining the
gravity of this ongoing crisis. Scream it from the mountaintops (or at
least on your blog): Immigrants are destroying any and all hope of for
planetary survival. Illegal aliens are Public Enemy #1. Foreigners are

If you don.t believe me, just ask any sweatshop worker in, say, Vietnam.

The perfidious colonizers I refer to, of course, are the insatiable
transnational corporations setting up camp all across the Third World.
Whether it be Nike, The Gap, Wal-Mart, or any other taxpayer-subsidized
bloodsucker, these crafty illegal aliens can't be stopped by constructing
a mere wall. They travel with impunity - on the wings of government
subvention and cunning, relentless propaganda. Thanks to decades of
conditioning, even the victims of these soulless migrants will voluntarily
pay for the right to wear a shirt bearing their corporate logo.

One would not be engaging in hyperbole to characterize these illegal
invaders as "terrorists". Forget color-coded alerts, staged arrests, and
manufactured scares. Put aside those times you were forced to remove your
shoes at the airport. As defined at, "an overwhelming
feeling of fear and anxiety" and/or an "intense, overpowering fear"
characterize brand of the terror I speak of.

While the corporate media obscures the real terror and trains its focus on
the latest battle between Obama and Osama (or the current villain of the
day), the primary conflict on the planet remains unchanged: globalization
from above vs. globalization from below.

"Immigrants" like the World Trade Organization, World Bank, International
Monetary Fund, and transnational corporations are elements of a mutant
form of remote control imperialism. The United States doesn't always have
to send armies into other countries. It sends in Disney and McDonalds with
the (usually) unspoken threat of military force backing them up.

Globalization is not intrinsically a bad idea. Mutually beneficial global
ties can be essential. As Arundhati Roy sez: "In the present
circumstances, I'd say that the only thing worth globalizing is dissent".

But perhaps Marx said it best (I mean Groucho, in Monkey Business):
"There's my argument: restrict immigration".

Mickey Z. is the author of two recent books: Self Defense for Radicals (PM
Press) and his second novel, Dear Vito (The Drill Press).


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