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|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Thu, 3 Jun 2010 19:53:45 -0700 (PDT)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 06.03.10 1. Signs/nurses 6.04 8am 2. Dolan in court 6.04 8:30am 3. Torture/KFAI 6.04 11am 4. FFUNCH 6.04 11:30am 5. Vigil v torture 6.04 12noon 6. Courtwatch 6.04 3pm 7. March/free Gaza 6.04 3:15pm 8. Palestine vigil 6.04 4:15pm 9. Save our sons 6.04 5:30pm 10. James Abourezk - The Israeli spin-machine in overdrive 11. Ali Abunimah - The day the world became Gaza --------1 of 11-------- From: Andy Hamerlinck <iamandy [at] riseup.net> Subject: Signs/nurses 6.04 8am FYI - if anyone is free this weekend for sign making, there's a signup form link in the below e-mail. The one-day strike, if it happens, is set for next Thursday. From: "Geri Katz" <Geri.Katz [at] mnnurses.org> We need nurses, supporters, friends and family members to join us for strike picket sign making this weekend. We'll be working in two shifts (8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.) on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 4-6. We'll be gathering here at the MNA Office (345 Randolph Avenue, Suite 200, St. Paul, MN 55102) and need help creating and assembling thousands of picket signs that will be used in the event that we strike for patient safety on June 10. In order to help us plan better, please fill out the information form http://mnnurses.org/picket-sign-making-sign-june-4-6 so we know on what day(s)/time(s) you'll be coming. Thank you! Geri Katz Minnesota Nurses Association **Sign the petition to support nurses!<http://mnnurses.org/about-us/support-minnesota-nurses/online-petition-support-minnesota-nurses>** --------2 of 11-------- From: Michelle Gross <mgresist [at] visi.com> Subject: Dolan in court 6.04 8:30am Courtwatch Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan Ordered to Appear in Court and Explain Lack of Discipline in CRA Cases Friday, June 4 at 8:30 a.m. Hennepin County Government Center, Room 757 As a result of our Writ action, Judge Susan Burke has ordered Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan to appear in her courtroom on June 4th to explain why he has been violating the law in failing to issue discipline based on the CRA's findings of fact in sustained cases. For more information on the case, see http://kstp.com/news/stories/S1553383.shtml?cat=1 This should be some amazing courtwatching--don't miss it! --------3 of 11-------- From: Women Against Military Madness <wamm [at] mtn.org> Subject: Torture/KFAI 6.04 11am Radio Broadcast: the WAMM Tackling Torture at the Top Committee (T3) Friday June 4, 11:00 a.m. "Catalyst: Politics and Culture" on KFAI Radio, 90.3 fm (Minneapolis), 106.7 fm (St. Paul) or www.kfai.org. Tune in to hear from activists on WAMM's T3 Committee. The UN declares June to be "Torture Awareness Month" and there will be many Twin Cities events related to this (see WAMM calendar for events). Also, listen for a commentary on Israel's attack against the Freedom Flotilla for Gaza, humanitarian aide ships by Catalyst host-producer, Lydia Howell. Endorsed by: WAMM. FFI: Visit www.kfai.org. --------4 of 11-------- From: David Shove <shove001 [at] tc.umn.edu> Subject: FFUNCH 6.04 11:30am YES we';re meeting even tho the Big Blank Weekend looms ahead, the weekend everyone is SomeWhere Else (god knows or cares where). But this Friday a few of the Stalwart Regulars (no sunshine eaters/talkers they) will assemble at Day By Day! Not even The Fourth can stop us! Upward! Onward! Join us. Ffunch 7.03 11:30am Meet the FFUNCH BUNCH! 11:30am-1pm First Friday Lunch (FFUNCH) for progressives. Informal political talk and hanging out. Day By Day Cafe 477 W 7th Av St Paul. Meet on the far south side. Day By Day has soups, salads, sandwiches, and dangerous apple pie; is close to downtown St Paul & on major bus lines --------5 of 11-------- From: Women Against Military Madness <wamm [at] mtn.org> Subject: Vigil vs torture 6.04 12noon Vigil Against Torture: Daily, Noon to 1:00 p.m. at 300 4th Street South (Federal Courthouse Plaza), Minneapolis. Join others at a vigil against torture. --------6 of 11-------- From: Michelle Gross <mgresist [at] visi.com> Subject: Courtwatch 6.04 3pm Courtwatch Paul Hansen Friday, June 4 at 3:00 p.m. Hennepin County Government Center Some of you joined us a couple of years ago when we protested the Newport City Council over ongoing harassment by the local police of CUAPB board member Paul Hansen. Paul continues to experience harassment from police. In this latest incident, he was changing the locks on a rental property he owns when cops accused him of having a knife. When they searched him and none was found, he was charged with felony terroristic threats. They handcuffed him so tight that his wrists bled before handing him a ticket. This is just the latest in a long string of bogus charges. We need to let the cops know that we have Paul's back. --------7 of 11-------- From: Meredith Aby <awcmere [at] gmail.com> Subject: March/free Gaza 6.04 3:15pm March to End the Siege of Gaza, Solidarity with Freedom Flotilla Activists* Friday, June 4th at 3:15pm, Leaving from the State Capitol steps in Saint Paul and marching to the Minnesota Trade Office (32 Minnesota Street, St. Paul) Early Monday morning, The Gaza Freedom Flotilla was raided by Israeli military commandos in international waters who fired live ammunition on the civilian passengers, killing at least 9 people and wounding scores more. The flotilla was a humanitarian aid convoy of 6 ships en route to the Gaza strip carrying 10,000 tons of humanitarian aid, including food, medical supplies, construction materials. On board were more than 600 passengers from over 40 countries including activists, parliamentarians, journalists, and doctors. The flotilla's stated purpose was to break the inhumane Israeli blockade of Gaza's borders which has deprived its population of more than 1.5 million of mobility and access to basic needs since 2007. While the violent raid of the Freedom Flotilla in international waters is itself a horrific assault on human life and a repressive act of state violence by Israel, it is but one expression of Israel's ongoing apartheid program in Palestine. On Tuesday, Minnesotans entered Senator Amy Klobuchar's office to demand a political response to both the killings on the flotilla and the inhumane blockade of Gaza. This Friday, we will go to the MN trade office to demand an end to local economic relations between Minnesota and the State of Israel as part of a larger project of ending all US financial sponsorship of the Israeli war economy. The Minnesota Trade Office facilitates the relationship between Minnesota-based corporations and the State of Israel. In 2008, Minnesota companies made over $10 million on goods exported to Israel. The blockade of Gaza and the occupation of Palestine cannot be sustained without the military and financial support of the United States. This year alone the US will give a total of $2.8 billion to the state of Israel. The US also supports the occupation of Palestine through military aid in the form of technology, training, and weapons. In Minnesota, companies with Israeli contracts directly profit from the systematic violent assault on Palestinian life in the occupied territories. Join us Friday to show that we will NOT tolerate the murder of activists and the undue persecution of Gazans. March on the Trade Office and demand NO MORE TRADE! TAKE DOWN THE BLOCKADE! For twitter updates on the march, text "follow DASWO" to 40404 and visit our website at www.daswo.wordpress.com. Email us at daswo.tc [at] gmail.com. Organized by Direct Action To Stop War & Occupation (DASWO).* --------8 of 11-------- From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at] riseup.net> Subject: Palestine vigil 6.04 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 11-------- From: Friends for a Non-Violent World <info [at] fnvw.org> Subject: Save our sons 6.04 5:30pm Save Our Sons Fundraiser June 4, 5:30pm-8pm Save Our Sons (SOS) is FNVW's friend and ally in bringing more justice into the criminal justice system. FNVW is co-sponsoring SOS's upcoming fundraiser, and we urge everyone to attend. Here are the particulars: When:June 4, from 5:30 pm to 8pm Where: At the home of FNVW Board Member Gail Daneker -1791 Dayton Ave., Saint Paul. What:There will be a program of information and music sure to inspire, and a bounty of food and drink. It is a chance to make contacts with people and organizations working every day for serious change in the arena of criminal justice. This is a "$25 if you can, less if you can't" event, and all are warmly welcomed. Save our Sons was started in 1994 by Melvin W. Carter Jr. and a group of dedicated men from within the community. The SOS leadership and volunteers work with county and state juvenile justice system partners to assist the youth served by these institutions in their transition to adulthood, providing them with norms, values, and opportunities through education and relevant adult relationships. Core activities at SOS include twice a month Saturday Academies. These two and a half hour sessions are an intense heart-to-heart with young men brought from Ramsey County Correctional Placement, Boys Totem Town (BTT). Melvin Carter leads all of these sessions which, like FNVW's Alternatives to Violence Project, teach young men alternative strategies and choices for dealing with the violence in their lives. SOSis a non-profit 501(c)3, so your donation will be exempt within the current laws. What Does FNVW Do? Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) - AVP is a national and inter-national volunteer-run program that conducts workshops in resolution of conflict through non-violence. AVP is in demand in prisons and communities across the US and has been successful in countries plagued with violence. AVP is so successful that the Government of Rwanda has made it the cornerstone of its post-genocide reconciliation program. Currently, almost 2000 volunteers serve as AVP facilitators in the US, with 52 residing in Minnesota. --------10 of 11-------- The Israeli Spin-Machine in Overdrive Dershowitz to the Rescue? By JAMES ABOUREZK June 3, 2010 CounterPunch Armed Israeli commandos, the elite of the elites, rappelled to the deck of a Turkish ship carrying humanitarian relief supplies to the 1.5 million prisoners in the Gaza concentration camp. Although the Israelis did not see the attack as an attack, but an action only to defend themselves, as only Israelis have a right to do. It is a right that Palestinians do not have, nor do the other activists who were attempting to deliver the supplies to the Gazans It appears, from the scanty non-Israeli news available, that the Turkish ship was some 40 miles or more off the coast of Gaza, and that the activists aboard were not armed, except with kitchen knives and some clubs lying around the ship that they could round up when they were surprised by the Israeli commandos. In the melee that followed, nine activists were dead -- mostly Turkish -- and several were wounded. Reports tell us that several of the brave elite commandos were also injured, one of them with gunfire from a gun an activist took away from one of the commandos. The Israeli propaganda spin machine was ready in an instant to spin the news their way about the incident. They were said to be, of course, entitled to defend themselves, a mantra chanted over and over again by the Israeli talking heads we've seen on American television. Listening to these commentators' paeans to Israel's conduct, It's very much like listening to a bully who, after punching someone smaller in the jaw, requires the victim to apologize for getting his face in the way of the bully's fist. Even more thrilling were the American television commentators becoming instant pro- Israeli dittoheads, the very same characters they laughingly bring up when discussing Rush Limbaugh. One of the first stories attributed to the Israeli propaganda machine was that the commandos were armed only with paint guns--you know, the kind of weapons red-blooded American middle-aged men use to shoot at each other on weekends here in America. We all know how harmless they are. Somehow the Israeli government was unable to stop a couple of reports which told of the commandos whining that they were set upon by these radical terrorists with metal clubs and knives. President Obama took a strong stand against violence. He did not actually say, "why can't we all just get along?" But when he expressed his regrets over the loss of life, a whiff of Rodney King's famous words blew over the airwaves. What is desperately needed now is legal advice from Alan Dershowitz , perhaps America's top Israel apologist. If you remember, Dershowitz was the legal expert who once wrote in the New York Times that, not to worry, the Israeli Supreme Court was always there to protect the rights of the Palestinians living under occupation. We are certain that the Israeli Supreme Court is sincere in its efforts to protect the rights of the Palestinians living under the illegal occupation, but it's obvious that no one has told the Court about the Palestinian home demolitions, the Palestinian olive trees uprooted by Israeli settlers, and the multiple beatings visited on Palestinians who tend to object to being treated like subhumans. We are waiting for Professor Dershowitz to inform us that, because Israel is at war, it is perfectly legal to fly 40 miles out to open sea and drop armed pirates on the deck of vessels carrying humanitarian aid to the residents of Gaza. He will also be able to explain that the ongoing occupation of Gaza by Israel is legal, on grounds that Hamas took over Gaza by force. He will, no doubt, be able to explain that the supervised democratic election during which Hamas won a majority of seats in the Palestinian governing body somehow doesn't count. He will, by deft semantic footwork, be able to make us forget about how the Zionists first created Israel by the Zionists' ethnic cleansing of Palestine. In fact, many of those who were driven out of their homeland by the violent Zionist assault in the 1940s, today are living in the cramped and poverty stricken Gaza strip, along with their children and grandchildren. Professor Dershowitz will surely be able to tell us that most Gazans, who are forced, by virtue of Israel's occupation, to live on about a dollar a day, will be extremely happy to get rid of Hamas. Perhaps he will also be able to explain why Hamas, which has never strayed out of their own homeland of Palestine to fight their occupiers , is branded as a terrorist entity by the United States at the behest of Israel. Or he will surely explain why Egypt has cooperated with Israel on the illegal blockade of Gaza. The reason of course, could not possibly be the billions of dollars in foreign aid paid by the U.S. taxpayer to Egypt to keep that government in line so Israel can continue to brutalize the Gazans The Gazans have absolutely no sense of humor about the situation, but that lack surely can't be because they are constantly short of food, medicines, fuel, and other necessities of life. They did, as we have noticed, turn more sour-faced after the Israeli military used the entrapped Gazans as shooting gallery targets in 2008, where more than 1,200 civilians were killed by the Israeli military's tanks, jets, and howitzers. Dershowitz may be able to tell us of the lesson we've all learned in the past few years that Israel's vaunted military is all powerful, unless, that is, if their intended victims decide to fight back, as Hezbollah did when Israel invaded Lebanon four years ago. We can count as well the unarmed peaceniks in the number of those who fought back, and who seem to have won a battle against the elite commando unit which invaded the Turkish humanitarian supply ship. At least, the peaceniks did not whine, as the Elite Israeli Commandos did, when they were wounded defending themselves. One more event we can now expect is a letter, to be circulated for signature to members of Congress by AIPAC, denouncing the humanitarian activists for forcing the Israelis to attack and to kill many of their group. I remember when Golda Meir, when she was Prime Minister of Israel, stating in public that she could forgive the Palestinians for shooting at the Israelis, but she could never forgive them for forcing the Israelis to kill Palestinians. After all, it's all in the spirit of self defense. If it works for the Israeli propaganda machine, it should work for the Palestinians as well. James Abourezk is a former U.S. Senator, who practices law in Sioux Falls. He can be reached at georgepatton45 [at] gmail.com. --------11 of 11-------- The Day the World Became Gaza by Ali Abunimah Thursday, June 3, 2010 Al Jazeera English Common Dreams Since Israel's invasion and massacre of over 1,400 people in Gaza 18 months ago, dubbed Operation Cast Lead, global civil society movements have stepped up their campaigns for justice and solidarity with Palestinians. Governments, by contrast, carried on with business as usual, maintaining a complicit silence. Israel's lethal attack on the Freedom Flotilla to Gaza may change that, spurring governments to follow the lead of their people and take unprecedented action to check Israel's growing lawlessness. Lip service One of the bitterest images from Operation Cast Lead was that of smiling European Union heads of government visiting Jerusalem and patting Ehud Olmert, the then Israeli prime minister, on the back as white phosphorus still seared the flesh of Palestinian children a few miles away. Western countries sometimes expressed mild dismay at Israel's "excessive" use of force, but still justified the Gaza massacre as "self-defence" - even though Israel could easily have stopped rocket fire from Gaza, if that was its goal, by returning to the negotiated June 2008 ceasefire it egregiously violated the following November. When the UN-commissioned Goldstone Report documented the extensive evidence of Israeli war crimes and crimes against humanity, including the willful killings of unarmed civilians, few governments paid more than lip service to seeing justice done. Even worse, after Cast Lead, EU countries and the US sent their navies to help Israel enforce a blockade on Gaza which amounts to collective punishment of the entire population and thus violates the Fourth Geneva Convention governing Israel's ongoing occupation. Not one country sent a hospital ship to help treat or evacuate the thousands of wounded, many with horrific injuries that overwhelmed Gaza's hospitals. Carrot and stick The blockade has never been - as Israel and its apologists claim - to stop the smuggling of weapons into Gaza. Its goal has always been political: to cause the civilian population as much suffering as possible - while still politically excusable - in order for the Palestinians in Gaza to reject and rise up against the Hamas leadership elected in January 2006. The withholding of food, medicine, schoolbooks, building supplies, among thousands of other items, as well as the right to enter and leave Gaza for any purpose became a weapon to terrorise the civilian population. At the same time, Western aid was showered on the occupied West Bank - whose ordinary people are still only barely better off than in Gaza - in a "carrot and stick" policy calculated to shift support away from Hamas and toward the Western-backed, unelected Palestinian Authority leadership affiliated with the rival Fatah faction, who have repeatedly demonstrated their unconditional willingness to collaborate with Israel no matter what it does to their people. "The idea is to put the Palestinians on a diet, but not to make them die of hunger," senior Israeli government advisor Dov Weisglass notoriously explained in 2006. By this standard the blockade - supported by several Arab governments and the Quartet (the US, EU, UN secretary-general, and Russia) has been a great success, as numerous studies document alarming increases in child malnutrition as the vast majority of Gaza's population became dependent on UN food handouts. Hundreds have died for lack of access to proper medical care. Filling the 'moral void' While inaction and complicity characterised the official response, global civil society stepped in to fill the moral and legal void. In the year and a half since Cast Lead, the global, Palestinian-led campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions on Israel (BDS) has been racking up impressive victories. From the decisions by Norway's pension funds and several European banks to divest from certain Israeli companies, to university divestment initiatives, the refusals by international artists to perform in Israel, or the flashmobs that have brought the consumer boycott to supermarkets around the world, Israel sees BDS as a growing "existential threat". At this point, the effect may be more psychological than economic but it is exactly the feeling of increasing isolation and pariah status that helped push South Africa's apartheid rulers to recognise that their regime was untenable and to seek peaceful change with the very people they had so long demonised, dehumanised and oppressed. Indeed, the BDS movement is only likely to gather pace: world-best-selling Swedish author Henning Mankell who was among the passengers on the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara kidnapped and taken to Israel, said on being freed: "I think we should use the experience of South Africa, where we know that the sanctions had a great impact." The Freedom Flotilla represented the very best, and most courageous of this civil society spirit and determination not to abandon fellow human beings to the cruelty, indifference and self-interest of governments. The immediate response to Israel's attack on the Flotilla may indicate that governments too are starting to come out of their slumber and shed the paralysing fear of criticising Israel that has assured its impunity for so long. Growing gap Indeed, the global reaction demonstrates the growing gap between the US and Israel on one side and the rest of the world on the other. While Israeli officials scrambled to offer justifications from the ludicrous (elite commandos armed with paint ball guns) to the benign (the attack was an "inspection"), the US has once again stood behind its ally unconditionally. As the Obama administration forced a watered-down presidential statement in the UN Security Council, Israeli apologists in the mainstream US media repeatedly attempted to excuse Israel's actions as lawful and legitimate. Senior administration officials, including [stooge -ed] Joe Biden, the vice president, openly began to echo their Israeli counterparts that Israel's attack was not only legitimate but justified by its security needs. Despite the predictable and shameless US reaction, international condemnation has been unusually robust. In his speech to the Turkish parliament following the attack, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish prime minister, denounced Israeli "state terrorism" and demanded that the international community exact a price. Erdogan vowed that "Turkey will never turn its back on Gaza," and that it would continue its campaign to lift the blockade and hold Israel accountable even if it had to do so alone. There are hopeful signs it may not have to. European and other countries summoned Israeli ambassadors and several recalled their envoys from Tel Aviv. Franco Frattini, the Italian foreign minister and one of Israel's staunchest apologists in Europe, said his country "absolutely deplored the slaying of civilians" and demanded that Israel "must give an explanation to the international community" of killings he deemed "absolutely unacceptable, whatever the flotilla's aims". Small countries showed the greatest courage and clarity. Nicaragua suspended diplomatic ties completely, citing Israel's "illegal attack". Brian Cowen, Ireland's prime minister, told parliament in Dublin that his government had "formally requested" of Israel that the vessel Rachel Corrie still heading toward Gaza, be allowed to proceed, and warned of the "most serious consequences" should Israel use violence against it. The boat - named after the young American peace activist killed by Israeli occupation forces in Gaza in 2003 - is carrying Malaysian and Irish activists and politicians including Nobel Peace Prize winner Mairead Maguire. Crossed a threshold These are still small actions, but they indicate Israel may have crossed a threshold where it can no longer take appeasement and complicity for granted. It is a cumulative process - each successive outrage has diminished the reserve of goodwill and forbearance Israel enjoyed. Even if most governments are not quite ready to go from words to effective actions, growing public outrage will eventually push them to impose official sanctions. Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, may have hastened that day with his fulsome pride in, and praise for, the slaughter at sea even after the outpouring of international condemnation. Despite its intensive efforts to hide and spin what happened aboard the Mavi Marmara in the early hours of May 31, the world saw Israel use exactly the sort of indiscriminate brutality documented in the Goldstone Report. This time, however, it was not just "expendable" Palestinians or Lebanese who were Israel's victims - but people from 32 countries and every continent. It was the day the whole world became Gaza. And like the people of Gaza, the world is unlikely to take it lying down. 2010 Aljazeera.net Ali Abunimah is author of One Country, A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse and co-founder of The Electronic Intifada. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ - 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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