|Progressive Calendar 07.23.10||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Fri, 23 Jul 2010 00:43:13 -0700 (PDT)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 07.23.10 1. Palestine vigil 7.23 4:15pm 2. RNC8 potluck 7.23 5pm 3. Organic farm 7.23 6pm 4. Merriam potluck 7.23 6:30pm 5. Peace walk 7.24 9am Cambridge MN 6. Pentel in Mound 7.24 12noon 7. Stone film free 7.24 1:15pm 8. CUAPB 7.24 1:30pm 9. Northtown vigil 7.24 2pm 10. Save Big Bog 7.24 2pm Bemidgi MN 11. Plan Samhain 7.24 5pm 12. Global warming 7.24 9pm 13. United for Peace - US troops in Costa Rica 14. Kevin Zeese - Cut social security? Are the Democrats crazy? 15. Paul Buchheit - Give us your lavishly rich, your xenophobic --------1 of 15-------- From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at] riseup.net> Subject: Palestine vigil 7.23 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. --------2 of 15-------- From: info [at] rnc8.org Subject: RNC8 potluck 7.23 5pm July 23: Potluck in the Park for the National Day of Solidarity for Scott DeMuth The National Day of Solidarity for Scott is only days away! If you're in Minneapolis, join us for food, fun, and good company! And don't miss the official Conspiracy Tour kickoff event! Be among the first to join the Conspiracy! Featuring: - "Conspiracy: the Musical," a puppet show extravaganza - Music by our friend Heidi Barton Stink (http://www.myspace.com/bartonstink ) - Pre-Tour Discussion and Potluck * When: Friday, July 23rd, 5-7:30pm for food and games * Where: Powderhorn Park (near the stage), Minneapolis If you're able, please bring a dish to share. We'll make sure to have some vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options available, but bring what you need with some to spare if you can. Donations are appreciated for Scott's legal defense fund. Not in Minneapolis? There's still time to arrange a solidarity event for Scott in your town! Grab some friends, do something fun, spread the word about Scott's case, and contribute to creating a strong culture of resistance and solidarity across the nation! --------3 of 15-------- From: Erin Parrish <erin [at] mnwomen.org> Subject: Organic farm 7.23 6pm July 23: Women's Environmental Institute Organic Farm School. "The Good Food Revolution" with Will Allen, Growing Power, Inc. Drop-in class is $20, drop in field day is $10. 6 PM at the University of Minnesota Coffman Theatre. Register. --------4 of 15-------- From: "Krista Menzel (Merriam Park Neighbors for Peace)" <web [at] MPPeace.org> Subject: Merriam potluck 7.23 6:30pm 2010 Merriam Park Neighbors for Peace Potlucks Monthly potluck at a member's home or go out to dinner together - usually on a Friday at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 23, 2010 Please e-mail info [at] mppeace.org or call Anne at (651) 647-0580 or Krista at (651) 641-7592 for more information. http://www.mppeace.org/events/ --------5 of 15-------- From: Ken Reine <reine008 [at] umn.edu> Subject: Peace walk 7.24 9am Cambridge MN every Saturday 9AM to 9:35AM Peace walk in Cambridge - start at Hwy 95 and Fern Street --------6 of 15-------- From: PRO826 [at] aol.com Subject: Pentel in Mound 7.24 12noon You are invited to join the Ecology Democracy Party's gubernatorial candidate, KEN PENTEL, in a discussion about bringing ecological consciousness and greater democracy to politics in Minnesota. Ken is completing his campaign tour of the northern part of MN on bicycle and will be joining others from the campaign team, including Danene Provencher, on the 24th to celebrate the success of the campaign: KEN PENTEL for Governor 2010: Meet the Candidate/Discussion on Bringing Ecological Consciousness and Greater Democracy to MN Politics Saturday July 24, 2010 12-2:00 PM Dakota Rail Bike Trail (Adjacent to) 2281 Commerce Blvd Mound, MN 55364 Contact: 651-695-1966 or advanceteam [at] kenpentel.org The Ecology Democracy Party grew from the already flourishing Ecology Democracy Network, established by Ken Pentel over the last two years while bicycling over 6,000 miles grass roots organizing around the State. The Ecology Democracy Party was established to transition the thinking and action in our culture from a human-centered to an ecological-centered approach in relation to how we manage our relationship with our home, planet Earth. The Ecology Democracy Party will restore a harmonious and sustainable relationship with our natural environment through a structural change of the fundamentals of Minnesota Government. This change is to be brought about through the following three Ecology Democracy Party mandates: Ecology Democracy Party mandates: * Establishing an ecology-based economy for Minnesota * Implementing proportional representation for the State House * Removing Big Money and Corporate Interference in Minnesota Government Ken Pentel is a Minnesota native and former Green Party gubernatorial candidate with 11 years of work experience with Greenpeace and 12 years of work experience developing the Minnesota Green Party. Ken is the founding director of the Ecology Democracy Network. --------7 of 15-------- From: Joan Malerich <joanmdm [at] iphouse.com> Subject: Stone film free 7.24 1:15pm Great opportunity to see free what promises to be a riveting documentary focusing on the revolutionary Latin American countries. I advise getting there early to get a ticket. When the Cuban film series showed (organized by Greg K), two of the films had standing room only and people were turned away. I think it will be the same for Oliver Stone's South of the Border. Message was forwarded to me by Greg Klave of the MN Cuba Committee. We have a theater at St Anthony Main for a free screening of Oliver Stone's, South of the Border, for 1:15 PM, Saturday, July 24th!!!! Community activists & friends, Mn Film Arts and the Press to be invited. --------8 of 15-------- From: Michelle Gross <mgresist [at] visi.com> Subject: CUAPB 7.24 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) --------9 of 15--------- From: Vanka485 [at] aol.com Subject: Northtown vigil 7.24 2pm Peace vigil at Northtown (Old Hwy 10 & University Av), every Saturday 2-3pm --------10 of 15-------- From: Lydia Howell <lydiahowell [at] visi.com> From: David Thorstad Subject: Save Big Bog 7.24 2pm Bemidgi MN My forum at Bemidji's Root Cellar Community Space on the struggle to stop the peat mining project in the Big Bog (Pine Island State Forest), near Red Lake. At 500 square miles, the Big Bog is the largest wilderness area in the 48 states. Business interests have sought to mine peat in it for many years, but in 2005 area activists organized to oppose the project. I will be discussing the history of the project and efforts to stop it, as well as report on two recent trips to the mining site and to the Waskish area on Upper Red Lake, the western edge of the bog, where the bog is being recreationalized. Saturday, July 24, 2 p.m. Root Cellar Community Space 1227 Norton Avenue NW ,Bemidji,MN David Thorstad --------11 of 15-------- From: mn_united_ireland [at] lycos.com Subject: Plan Samhain 2010 7.24 5pm We are actively planning for this year's Samhain celebration and are looking for volunteers to help plan and volunteers for the event. Many of you remember past Samhain celebrations and the wonderful meal cooked by Mary Magee. Well, on the condition that we get enough volunteers to carry off this event, Mary has volunteered to cook her magical meal of stew, colcannon, soda bread & apple crisp! Here's what we've got so far: SAMHAIN 2010 CELEBRATION A Progressive Irish-America Community Event (formerly sponsored by MN for a United Ireland) Sunday, November 7 5:30 pm - Newell Park Building & Firepit Join us for a Community Feast, Program & Bonfire We are looking for volunteers to help with: -Publicity -Advanced Tickets production and coordinator -Soliciting donations -Meal prep, logistics, servers -Set-up & clean-up -Program Coordination -Storytellers, musicians, poets, etc. -Firewood If interested, email me back, or come to our next planning meeting: Sat. July 24 - 5 pm - Merlin's Rest (Lake St & 36th Ave S in Mpls) Erin Thomasson skylark [at] bitstream.net --------12 of 15-------- From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at] riseup.net> Subject: Global warming 7.24 9pm Minneapolis Television Network (MTN) viewers "Our World In Depth" cablecasts on MTN Channel 17 on Saturdays at 9pm and Tuesdays at 8am, after DemocracyNow! Households with basic cable may watch. Sat, 7/24, 9pm and Tues, 7/27, 8am "Global Warming" Author/activist Peter Gelderloos speaks on world governmental reactions to the reality of global warming, what scientists have been doing over the last 20 years, and how it is necessary to have a holistic approach to the real problems created by climate change. Outlining some of the false solutions pushed by more established environmental organizations, Gelderloos suggests decentralized organizing as a more appropriate strategy for dealing with the crisis. (filmed 4/10) --------13 of 15-------- From: moderator [at] PORTSIDE.ORG To: PORTSIDE [at] LISTS.PORTSIDE.ORG Subject: US Troops in Costa Rica US Troops in Costa Rica 1. United for Peace & Justice 2. Peace Action Fund of New York State Warning: US Troops in Costa Rica July 20, 2010 United for Peace & Justice www.unitedforpeace.org The outrageous announcement that 46 US warships and 7000 Marines are heading for Costa Rica to "fight drugs" should alert all peace and justice organizations to the real significance of this action. Such a move will raise legitimate alarm in the Caribbean, Central and Latin America of the real intent of the United States and react accordingly. Regardless whether this was done with the connivance of the Costa Rica government or not, as peace and justice activists, we are opposed to the extension of US military force, especially, at these times, when our Brothers and Sisters in the South are moving forward in their struggle for national sovereignty and independence from US influence. Endorse the "Declaration Against US Military Forces in Costa Rica, the Declaration against Invasion and Military Impunity": - We the undersigned and organizations of our support network, categorically reject the U.S. military ships entering Costa Rican territory, as well as any further increase of militarism to attempt to solve conflicts in global politics. - We oppose the permission granted by the Costa Rican Legislature, which allows for joint patrols against trafficking of drugs into Costa Rica with up to 46 warships, 200 helicopters, 10 AV-8B Harrier aircraft and 7,000 marines. - With this action, the government of Costa Rica aims to join the U.S. military agenda in Latin America. The solution to drug trafficking is social, not military. - Costa Rica, with its neutral and pacifist tradition, cannot allow its territory to be used for a military objective that violates their sovereignty. This U.S. military contingent will be able to move freely throughout Costa Rican territory with immunity for its troops. Such a military presence in a country without an army is unacceptable. - We call on our respective governments and peoples to jointly promote all possible action to defend Costa Rican sovereignty, and to reject this military action. Call to Action: United for Peace & Justice encourages UFPJ Member Groups and other organizations to individually endorse this declaration and communicate it to Hendrik Voss, School of the Americas Watch, hvoss [at] soaw.org. To support endorsement, we encourage that issue information and calls to action be forwarded to member group constituencies. Background: We Love Costa Rica article, 46 US Warships Plus 7,000 US Marines On Route To Costa Rica? http://www.welovecostarica.com/public/2647print.cfm Global Post Article, 7,000 US Marines Landing on the beaches of Costa Rica http://www.globalpost.com/webblog/costa-rica/7000-us-marines-landing-the-beaches-costa-rica Thank You, We are.... United for Peace & Justice Help us continue to do this critical work: Make a donation to UFPJ today. UNITED FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE www.unitedforpeace.org | 212-868-5545 PO Box 607 Times Square Station New York, NY 10108 Are We Now at War in Costa Rica Too? New York Peace Network July 19, 2010 www.PANYS.org Dear Peace Activists and Friends, On July 1, 2010, the Costa Rica Legislative Assembly voted 31-8 to grant the U.S. military full in-country access through the end of 2010 to help fight drug trafficking and for "humanitarian missions." 46 warships and 7,000 U.S. Marines have been stationed in Costa Rica, a country that ranks among the most peaceful. We have not been told what they are actually doing. Are they using the same failed techniques being administered in Colombia? Spending millions of dollars to fight their failed war on drugs? We deserve to know what is really going on! Urge your representatives to demand more information, and sign this petition telling the Costa Rica Congress to withdraw the authorization of U.S. Marines: http://www.petitiononline.com/noarmyen/petition.html Peace, Matt Resnick Peace Action Fund of New York State info [at] panys.org [The US - Big Bully to the North - ed] --------14 of 15-------- Cut Social Security? Are the Democrats Crazy? by Kevin Zeese July 22nd, 2010 Dissident Voice The National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform is sounding the alarm around deficit spending using exaggerated rhetoric to heighten deficit fear at a time when more spending is needed. The commission's rhetoric is working against the antidote for the economy - spending to restart job and economic growth. Forty leading economists, including Nobel prize winners, issued a statement calling for more spending in the short-term. They recognized debt as a long term problem, but urged immediate increased spending to avoid prolonging and deepening the economic collapse, writing: We recognize the necessity of a program to cut the mid- and long-term federal deficit but the imperative requirement now, and the surest course to balance the budget over time, is to restore a full measure of economic activity. As in the 1930s, the economy is suffering a sharp decline in aggregate demand and loss of business confidence. Long experience shows that monetary policy may not be enough, particularly in deep slumps, as Keynes noted. The urgent need is for government to replace the lost purchasing power of the unemployed and their families and to employ other tax-cut and spending programs to boost demand. Making deficit reduction the first target, without addressing the chronic underlying deficiency of demand, is exactly the error of the 1930s. It will prolong the great recession, harm the social cohesion of the country, and continue inflicting unnecessary hardship on millions of Americans. The Obama Deficit Commission is working against this urgent need. And, in pushing proposals that will weaken the middle class, they risk real anger from American voters who are already unhappy with the administration's handling of the economy. The commission is talking about cuts to Social Security, Medicare and middle class benefits like the home mortgage deduction rather then focusing on the three causes of the deficit: massive war and weapons spending, giant tax cuts for the wealthy, and the faltering economy. The time is now to build opposition to these recommendations and urge Congress and the administration to cut programs that will not make the economy worse for most Americans. When I testified before the commission I urged: . Cuts in military spending as this makes up half of U.S. discretionary spending and is filled with waste and bloat. . Cuts to corporate welfare, especially to the oil and gas industry which is scheduled to received billions in tax breaks despite massive profits. . Taxes on the purchase of stocks, bonds and derivatives where even a tiny micro tax could raise tens of billions annually. . Taxes on the estates of the wealthiest 97.5% of Americans which could raise more than $10 billion annually. These are just a few of the areas where cuts in spending and taxes on wealth could balance the budget and avoid the need to cut Social Security and Medicare or tax the middle class. In fact, Social Security is in good financial shape for upcoming decades and merely raising the cap on Social Security taxes will make the program secure for the 21st Century. In the long run the economy needs a stronger elderly economic class. The loss of pensions, stock market collapse and savings transformed to debt leaves too many Americans dependent on the measly $14,030 annual average benefits Social Security provides. Medicare's challenge is not the Medicare program but the cost of health care. Cuts to Medicare will make health problems and the cost of health care more expensive. Unfortunately, the new Obama health law does not control costs and the president did not even consider the real solution for health care: ending the waste of the private insurance industry by making improved Medicare available to all Americans. The commission is preparing its report for after the mid-term elections this November. But it is before the elections when voters have the most power. We need to demand elected officials protect Social Security and Medicare by cutting spending for weapons and war, and raising tax dollars from the wealthy - who profited from a decade of deficit spending, first. We also need to urge them to consider taxes on wealth before considering taxes on workers. We need to let them know that our votes are dependent on them taking these actions. You can begin to respond to the deficit commission now by writing President Obama and your representatives in Congress. And to begin to build opposition to the deficit commission and urge real solutions to the economy send this article to everyone you know and urge them to take action. Tell elected officials that to solve the deficit problem, they should focus on the causes of the deficit: nearly the entire deficit for this year and projected into the foreseeable future are the result of three things: the ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy and the recession. The solutions are: end the wars, allow the tax cuts to expire and restore robust growth. Stopping the deficit commission from making things worse is only a first step. Americans need to organize to re-make the economy. To end the wealth divide which has allowed the top 1% to hoard the nation's wealth, end concentration of corporate power which not only adds to the wealth divide but stifles entrepreneurship and weakens democracy, and stop crony capitalism which uses tax dollars to enrich a few. Much work is needed to democratize the U.S. economy so it is transparent and benefits all Americans not the [stinking -ed] economic elite. But the immediate task at hand is to stop the deficit hawks from making things worse as they are poised to do. An outcry from Americans can stop their worst proposals before they gain momentum. Kevin Zeese is the executive director of the Campaign for Fresh Air & Clean Politics whose projects include VotersForPeace.US, ProsperityAgenda.US, GlobalClimateSecurity.org and TrueVote.US. He is also a member of the board of Velvet Revolution. Read other articles by Kevin, or visit Kevin's website. [The rich have their pants down - to make it easier for Obama and the Dems to insert their noses. So attached, they parade down Wall Street every noon, a rich person in front, a Dem just behind. Like showing horses or dogs, the rich contend for blue ribbons for the most obsequious/slithering/gutless etc of show. To be an owner in any of these shows - horses, dogs, Dems - you've got to have lots and lots of money. It's the American Way. -ed] --------15 of 15-------- Give Us Your Lavishly Rich, Your Xenophobic by Paul Buchheit Common Dreams Thursday, July 22, 2010 Immigrants. Taking our jobs and public assistance. The cause of all our problems. But it's not true. We're blaming people who are struggling day-by-day to survive on their own or support their families, while we applaud a system that allows a financial expert to make enough money to pay the salaries of 50,000 police officers. Here are some facts: The Census Bureau and the World Wealth Report 2010 both report increases for the top 5% of households even during the current recession. Based on Internal Revenue Service figures, the richest 1% have TRIPLED their cut of America's income pie in one generation. In 1980 the richest 1% of America took one of every fifteen income dollars. Now they take THREE of every fifteen income dollars. That's a TRILLION extra dollars a year. Some ultra-rich individuals, like hedge fund managers David Tepper and John Paulson, made $4 billion in a year (on most of which they paid only a 15% capital gains tax rate). This is enough to pay the salaries of every public school teacher in New York City. But we blame the immigrants instead of the people taking unimaginable amounts of money from society. Howard Zinn wrote about the petty thieves who go to jail for crimes averaging $1000 per offense, while sophisticated financial insiders get probation for swindling millions from the system. The only difference now is that it's "legal" to use financial trickery to divert funds from education and infrastructure to a few well-positioned money managers. The way it's supposed to work, say the free-market tax-me-not supply-side trickle-down tea-party advocates, is that the rich will create jobs and stimulate the economy by investing in new production. But the richest 1%, who used to take $7 of every $100 of America's income, have increased that to $20 of every $100 in just one generation. To put it another way, if the bottom 90% had shared in America's prosperity at a level consistent with 1980 incomes, the average middle-class family would be making $45,000 a year instead of $35,000. And it's not just the rich individuals, but also the corporations that are taking money meant for jobs and public needs. Fareed Zakaria noted in Newsweek that the 500 largest non-financial companies are sitting on $1.8 trillion in uninvested cash. Zinn said change will occur only through direct action by the people, as occurred in the 1960s and 1970s. The poor foreigner is not the enemy. It's the person or corporation who siphons money away from the rest of us while supporting our irrational fears through the media and the military. Give us your tired, your poor. Give us your manipulator of finances. Paul Buchheit is a faculty member in the School for New Learning at DePaul University. 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