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P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 10.06.10 1. Schor/plenitude 10.06 4pm 2. BP oil/LA coast 10.07 11:30am 3. Anti torture 10.07 11:30am/4pm 4. Defend public ed 10.07 12noon/2pm 5. Eagan peace vigil 10.07 4:30pm 6. Northtown vigil 10.07 5pm 7. Defend public ed 10.07 5pm/6pm 8. Solidarity v FBI 10.07 7pm 9. Palestine vigil 10.08 4:15pm 10. Climate justice 10.08 5pm 11. FNVW/peace 10.08 5:30pm 12. Pentel/Almanac 10.08 7:30pm 13. Michael Tarm - Raided MN anti-war activists to refuse to testify 14. Lydia Howell - Is progressive dissent public enemy #1? 15. Cindy Sheehan - Dissent in the age of Obama 16. John Halle - Rahm runs in Chicago/ Heads up for the Greens 17. Chris Hedges - March to Nowhere: the October 2 protest 18. Jack A Smith - What classless society? 19. ed - Bumpersticker -------1 of 19-------- Date: Tue, 5 Oct 2010 12:40:10 +0000 (UTC) From: lydiahowell [at] comcast.net Subject: Schor/plenitude 10.06 4pm Oct.6th: Free talk by "public sociologist" on Peoples' Economy POST! Practicing Plenitude: Finding wealth in an era of scarcity - Juliet Schor 10/06/2010 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM 100 Rapson Hall -¬†(the architecture building, 89 Church Street SE, at Pillsbury Drive.) Cost: Free and open to the public Description: The twin crises of economy and ecology demand a transformative set of solutions. In this lecture, Schor will lay out her vision for an ecologically-light economy based on small-scale production, re-skilling, new patterns of time use, local economic interdependence and an extension of the open-source model beyond software into hardware. Juliet Schor is a professor of Sociology at Boston College.†Her research over the last ten years has focussed on issues pertaining to trends in work and leisure, consumerism, the relationship between work and family, women's issues and economic justice. Schor's latest book is Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth (2010). She is also author of Born to Buy: The Commercialized Child and the New Consumer Culture, The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline of Leisure and The Overspent American: Upscaling, Downshifting and the New Consumer. She has co-edited The Golden Age of Capitalism: Reinterpreting the Postwar Experience, The Consumer Society Reader, and Sustainable Planet: Solutions for the 21st Century . In Plenitude, Schor discusses the economic and sociological factors behind ecological decline and how by developing new sources of wealth, green technologies, and different lifestyles, individuals and the country as a whole can be better off and more economically secure for years to come. Schor is a board member and co-founder of the Center for a New American Dream, an organization devoted to transforming North American lifestyles to make them more ecologically and socially sustainable. She also teaches periodically at Schumacher College, an International Center for Ecological Studies based in south-west England. Pam Hill Kroyer Membership & Volunteer Director KFAI Fresh Air Inc. 90.3 FM/106.7 FM www.kfai.org Streaming, Podcasting, iPhone app-ing. Radio Without Boundaries 612.341.3144 x 22 --------2 of 19-------- From: Consortium on Law & Values and JDP Program <jointdgr [at] umn.edu> Subject: BP oil/LA coast 10.07 11:30am 2010-11 Lecture Series on Law, Health & the Life Sciences "From Climate Change to the Gulf Oil Spill: Law and Science in Times of Crisis" "Blue Bayou: The BP Deepwater Horizon Blowout and the Social and Environmental Erosion of the Louisiana Coast" by Daniel Farber, JD (University of California, Berkeley School of Law) Thursday, October 7, 2010 11:30am - 1:00pm Cowles Auditorium Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs In his lecture Prof. Farber will discuss how the Louisiana Coast was under grave threat from erosion, rising seas, and pollution even before the explosion on the British Petroleum Deepwater Horizon platform. Whole communities have vanished under the rising water, and the livelihoods and communities of people who depend on fishing for income has been threatened. The oil spill is a critical blow to these struggling communities and to threatened coastal ecosystems. This lecture will argue that environmental law needs to take a more holistic view, integrating consideration of multiple environmental threats and linking communities with ecosystems. Prof. Daniel Farber, JD, is the Sho Sato Professor of Law and Chair of the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also the Faculty Director of the Center for Law, Energy, and the Environment. Professor Farber serves on the editorial board of Foundation Press, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Law Institute. He is the editor of Issues in Legal Scholarship. Professor Farber is a graduate of the University of Illinois, where he earned his BA, MA, and JD degrees. He graduated, summa cum laude, from the College of Law and was the class valedictorian. He also served as Editor-in-Chief of the University of Illinois Law Review. Commentators: Prof. Eric Sheppard, PhD, MA, Regents Professor, Department of Geography, University of Minnesota; and Prof. Alexandra B. Klass, JD, Law School, University of Minnesota. Intended Audience: students, faculty, attorneys, researchers, policymakers, and community members. This event is free and open to the public. This lecture is intended for students, faculty, attorneys, researchers, scientists, policymakers, and community members. Continuing Education--CLE Application for 1.5 hours of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits for attorneys has been submitted. Registration is required for those requesting continuing education credit. Registration is available online at www.lifesci.consortium.umn.edu, by phone at 612-625-0055, or by email at jointdgr [at] umn.edu. Please provide your name, email address and indicate if continuing education credits are requested. --------3 of 19-------- From: Women Against Military Madness <wamm [at] mtn.org> Subject: Anti torture 10.07 11:30am/4pm Anti-Torture Protest Thursday, October 7, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. University of St. Thomas School of Law,11th Street and LaSalle, Minneapolis. [Note MPLS campus] Join others to protest the appearance of law professors John Yoo and Robert Delahunty at a University of St. Thomas Law School symposium. Boalt Law School's Yoo and St. Thomas Law School's Delahunty co-wrote several legal memos during the Bush administration. Chief among them was one that said the Geneva Conventions did not apply to al Qaeda and the Taliban. "This memo opened the door to the illegal and immoral torture that was to follow," said T3 spokesperson Sonja Johnson. "More than 100 deaths resulted," said Johnson. "Yoo and Delahunty may well be guilty of war crimes in that the so-called 'legal memos' were really attempts to rationalize an already agreed upon Bush administration policy to torture detainees." Sponsored by: the WAMM T3 Committee. FFI: Call 612-827-5364. -- Date: Wed, 6 Oct 2010 06:35:13 -0500 From: Roger Cuthbertson <rojo [at] visi.com> Halloween is coming early to Mpls/St Paul with the public appearance of scary torture alchemists, John Yoo and Robert Delahunty, at St. Thomas University School of Law (or is it School of Torture?) this coming Thursday, Oct 7. Delahunty and Yoo, while working in the Office of Special Counsel for the Justice Department in the Bush administration, wrote key documents that paved the way for the routine torture of prisoners which has alarmed and shamed many of us. One of the key documents was the infamous memo, written by Delahunty and Yoo that claimed that the Geneva Conventions did not apply to the new kind of war against Al Qaeda and the Taliban. Thursday's symposium, on the subject of Presidential Power, runs from 10 AM to 5 PM. It is free and open to the public. There will be two Halloween torture protest parties outside St. Thomas Law School, one at 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM and another at 4:00 PM. We hope that many grotesque torture victims, ghosts of people who have been tortured to death, and even some torture monsters will show up, along with ordinary people who want to say no to the people and to the institutions which have tried to legitimize torture. -Roger Cuthbertson 952-474-2476 --------4 of 19-------- From: EXCO <excotc [at] gmail.com> Subject: Defend public ed 10.07 12noon/2pm October 7th - EXCO's Disorientation Guide to the U of M's History This event will take place October 7th, Coffman Memorial Union Room 324 http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Coffman+Memorial+Union+Room+324,+mpls&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&hl=en&tab=wl# on the U of M's East Bank campus, 2 to 4pm Speakers will discuss the following: * 1969 occupation of Morrill Hall that lead to the creation of Black Studies * 2005 sit-in at Morrill Hall to protest the closing of the General College * The 2007 AFSCME university clerical workers strike * Jimmy Johns Union and being a working student Other highlights include free food, discussion of potential activism at the U, and much more! III. October 7th - National Day of Actions in Defense of Public Education! Read the following Indymedia article below to find out about all the cool events going on in the Twin Cities for the Oct. 7 National Day of Actions Here is a link to the article - http://twincities.indymedia.org/2010/oct/minnesotans-mobilizing-defend-public-education-october-7th This Thursday, advocates of public education in Minnesota are putting on events including a free concert in Loring Park, rallies, marches, teach-ins at the U of M and MCTC, and a student strike and dance party at MSU Mankato.†These are part of the October 7th National Day of Actions in Defense of Public Education http://www.defendeducation.org/. This day was called as a continuation of the struggles in California -- including rallies, strikes, and occupations on campuses -- that spread nationwide on March 4th of this year. A group coordinating the October 7th activities in Minnesota, Education Action Coalition MN http://october7mn.org/, gives some explanation for their motivations on their website: "public education is facing a dire crisis. Budget cuts and privatization schemes together represent an unprecedented assault on public education. Here in Minnesota, the achievement gap between white K-12 students and minority students is among the worst in the nation. At the University of Minnesota, over-paid administrators are forcing the burden of budget cuts -- $47 million proposed by Governor Pawlenty this year -- onto the backs of students and workers. The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system leadership received bonuses when they laid off faculty and increased class sizes." vvv--EVENTS--vvv Actions on October 7th in or near the Twin Cities include: - noon to 1:30pm†- Rally and March at the University of Minnesota, (East Bank campus, at the Northrop Plaza) - speakers on many issues facing U of M students, workers, and faculty, with the demands: "no tuition and fee hikes, no layoffs to instructional and support staff, shared power in governance."†Organized by the Chop from the Top Coalition. - 2:00-4:00pm - a Disorientation Guide to the U of M's History http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=162842380399796, (in Coffman Union, room 324) - speakers on the 1969 occupation of Morrill Hall that led to the creation of the Black Studies department, struggles for equal access including the fight to save General College, the AFSCME union's struggles for a more democratic and equitable U, and more - with free food, followed by discussion about how to create a better U of M. --------5 of 19-------- From: Greg and Sue Skog <family4peace [at] msn.com> Subject: Eagan peace vigil 10.07 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. --------6 of 19-------- From: EKalamboki [at] aol.com Subject: Northtown vigil 10.07 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] aol.com. --------7 of 19-------- From: Women Against Military Madness <wamm [at] mtn.org> Subject: Defend public ed 10.07 5pm/6pm National Day of Action: "Defend Public Education" Thursday, October 7, 5:00 p.m. (Rally and March) Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) Plaza, 1501 Hennepin Avenue South, Minneapolis. 6:00 10 9:00 p.m. (Concert) Loring Park, Lyndale and Hennepin Avenues, Minneapolis. No budget cuts! Decrease tuition! Cancel student debt! Stop layoffs and program cuts! Democratize MCTC: elected representatives of students, faculty, campus workers, and the wider community should comprise all decision making bodies! Confront institutional racism and defend affirmative action and ethnic studies! Sponsored by: MCTC Education Action Coalition. Endorsed by: WAMM. FFI: Visit www.october7mn.org. --------8 of 19-------- From: Meredith Aby <awcmere [at] gmail.com> Subject: Solidarity v FBI 10.07 7pm Everyone one who has been outraged by the FBI raids and actions in our city and around the country should attend the community meeting set for this Thursday, October 7th @ 7 PM @ WALKER CHURCH (3104 16th Ave S) . This meeting is called for people wanting to help and support not only the people who were raided but to also plan and help with upcoming actions and events. Send a strong message that these acts of harassment and repression by the FBI will not be tolerated and will be resisted! Any questions please call 612-822-8020. --------9 of 19-------- From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at] riseup.net> Subject: Palestine vigil 10.08 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. --------10 of 19-------- From: Eleonore Wesserle <ewesserle [at] iatp.org> Subject: Climate justice 10.08 5pm Climate justice: What it means for our future response to climate change Friday, October 8 5:00-6:30 p.m. 2104 Stevens Avenue South, Minneapolis RSVP online<http://open.iatp.org/phplist/lt.php?id=f09VUQ9VAVhTVE9RBwYKTVZTVlIB> As national and international policy debates on climate change flounder, how can a new wave of proposals integrate a climate justice frame? Join a cross section of academics, policy experts and grassroots activists-each a member of the National Environmental Justice Leadership Forum on Climate Change-to discuss what policies and practices are being promoted. Domestic communities of color, who have been battling the fossil fuel industry for generations, are responding to and challenging established carbon trading programs, the siting of conventional and new "clean" coal plants in their communities, and the resurgence of nuclear energy as a response to climate change. Join us for an engaging discussion on how you can be part of the effort to create a sustainable and just future for all communities. Please RSVP online<http://open.iatp.org/phplist/lt.php?id=f09VUQ9VAVhTVE9RBwYKTVZTVlIB> or call Erin Mckee Van Slooten at (612)870-3402. Speakers: * Shalini Gupta IATP's Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy (CEED), Minnesota * Bill Gallegos Communities for a Better Environment (CBE), California * Dr. Nicky Sheats Center for Urban Environment (CUE), Thomas Edison State College, New Jersey * Kimberly Wasserman Nieto Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO), Illinois * Dr. Cecilia Martinez IATP's CEED and the University of Delaware, Center for Energy and Environmental Policy (CEEP), Delaware If you're interested in coming to this event via bus or bike, please know that we are conveniently located within a few blocks of several Metro Transit<http://open.iatp.org/phplist/lt.php?id=f09VUQ9VAVhQVk9RBwYKTVZTVlIB> buses (Routes 2, 11, 17 and 18) and less than a mile from the Midtown Greenway bike trail (exit at Nicollet Avenue). A bike rack is available on the south side of the building. IATP works locally and globally at the intersection of policy and practice to ensure fair and sustainable food, farm and trade systems. IATP has offices in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Washington, D.C., and Geneva, Switzerland. Support IATP with a donation.<http://open.iatp.org/phplist/lt.php?id=f09VUQ9VAVhQVU9RBwYKTVZTVlIB> --------11 of 19-------- From: Friends for a Non-Violent World <info [at] fnvw.org> Subject: FNVW/peace 10.08 5:30pm Friday, Oct. 8, 2010, from 5:30pm - 8:30pm 1791 Dayton Ave, St Paul,MN (home of Gail Daneker and Ian Keith) This year's event is devoted to our second Ways of Peace Conference, Ways of Peace II: Non-Violence in the Islamic Traditions and our peace education and advocacy work. --------12 of 19-------- From: PRO826 [at] aol.com Subject: Pentel/Almanac 10.08 7:30pm Ken Pentel for Governor Friday, October 8th Ken Pentel on TPT Almanac, Channel 2 Debate of Minor Party Candidates 7:30p Saturday, October 9th KP4G Fundraiser MayDay Bookstore 301 Cedar Ave. Mpls 55454 www.maydaybookstore.org 6:30p - 9p The Ken Pentel for Governor campaign strongly opposes the tactics used by the Democratic Party controlled FBI system who raided the homes of those speaking out against the war and other atrocities that the US Government has perpetuated. We are appalled that we live in a society where citizens who are practicing their First Amendment rights have been harassed and intimidated and that the current administration feels justified in targeting peace activists to suppress dissent and diplomacy. As mandated in the Ken Pentel for Governor campaign, we feel the political system is corrupt and broken, as their blatant actions have continually revealed. Until we open up the political system to a multi-party one, suppress the corporate money and influence in our government and provide a paradigm shift in the way we look at our economy, we can expect these unconscionable tactics to continue. We stand in support for the individuals and families that were unfairly targeted and for the pain and suffering they will encounter as they fight for justice. --------13 of 19-------- Anti-War Activists Whose Homes Were Raided To Refuse Orders To Testify By Michael Tarm Associated Press via common dreams October 5, 2010 http://www.commondreams.org/print/61100 CHICAGO - Anti-war activists whose homes or offices were raided as part of an FBI terrorism funding investigation will refuse to testify before a grand jury as ordered, in a show of defiance that could land them in jail. Attorneys for the 14 activists called to testify have coordinated their responses since the Sept. 24 raids and have agreed their clients won't testify, Melinda Power, an attorney for a Chicago couple whose home was searched, said Tuesday. Agents searched seven homes and one office in Minneapolis and Chicago. "They feel grand juries are now, and have historically been, a tool of harassment against activists", Power said. Some of the anti-war activists won't testify because they don't want to be complicit in what they see as an attempt to stifle freedom of speech and assembly, said Jess Sundin, whose Minnesota home was raided. "We feel like the reason we're being called and we're being looked into is because of our very legitimate and constitutionally protected work in the anti-war movement," she said. About 50 peace activists protested Tuesday outside of the Dirksen Federal Building in Chicago, where the grand jury was to convene. "We will not be silent," Stephanie Weiner told protesters. She and her husband, Joe Iosbaker, were the two activists whose home was raided in Chicago. Some subpoenas ordered activists to appear before Oct. 5. Sundin, who was subpoenaed to appear on Oct. 12, said activists sent separate letters to prosecutors indicating they do not intend to testify. Randall Samborn, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office in Chicago, declined to comment about the case. Some legal observers say the activists could go to jail. "There's no chance prosecutors will just let it slide if they keep refusing," said Gal Pissetzky, a Chicago attorney with no link to the case. As a next step, the government could reissue subpoenas - possibly this time with an offer of immunity. If the activists decline to appear then, a judge could hold them in contempt. A key issue is whether any of the activists are targets of prosecutors or whether prosecutors merely consider them witnesses against another primary target. Just after the raids, FBI spokesman Steve Warfield said the bureau was seeking evidence related to "activities concerning the material support of terrorism." But Sundin said no one has told activists who is or isn't the focus of the investigation. She said that puts them all in jeopardy of self-incrimination, she said. "It's just you, and the prosecutor and the jury (at the grand jury proceedings)," Sundin said. "So it is a very precarious situation for anyone to put themselves in." Meredith Aby, a Minnesotan who was subpoenaed to testify Tuesday but did not make the trip to Chicago, also said the grand-jury process was unfair. "I think they are an incredibly repressive and undemocratic tactic," she said. Someone who is a target can refuse to testify under their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination without risking a contempt charge, Pissetzky said. If they are granted immunity, however, a grand jury witness is required to answer questions, he said. Activists who have spoken with reporters have denied giving money to terrorist groups. The homes of two other longtime Minneapolis anti-war activists, Mick Kelly and Meredith Aby, were also among those searched last month. The warrant for Kelly's home sought evidence on travel he did as part of his work for the Freedom Road Socialist Organization and information on any travel to Colombia, the Palestinian territories, Jordan, Syria or Israel. Two groups use the name Freedom Road Socialist Organization, one based in Chicago and one in New York. They split several years ago, and the New York group said it was not targeted. Kelly's subpoena also commanded him to bring records he might have relating to the Middle East and Colombia, along with records of any payment provided to Hatem Abudayyeh. The subpoena did not further identify Abudayyeh, but FightBack! has interviewed and carried articles by a Hatem Abudayyeh who's the executive director of the Chicago-based Arab American Action Network. Abudayyeh did not answer his office phone Tuesday and a recorded message said the voicemail was full. A message left on his cell voicemail was not returned. Several activists said their cell phones had been confiscated by the FBI. Associated Press Writer Amy Forliti in Minneapolis contributed to this report. ¬© 2010 Associated Press --------14 of 19-------- Is Progressive Dissent Public Enemy #1? By Lydia Howell Free Speech Zone TC DAILY PLANET October 05, 2010 Is free speech worth the constitutional paper it's written on? After the September 26 FBI raids on peace activists' homes in Minneapolis, Chicago and North Carolina, it appears to depend on who's speaking and what they're saying. The pretext for the raids was investigating "material aide to terrorists", resulting in grand jury subpoenas and confiscation of computers, books, music CD's and from one home, a Martin Luther King poster. The targeted Minneapolis activists have openly protested US military policy since the 1980s. The FBI certainly knows they have nothing to do with terrorism. These activists simply have the audacity to challenge bi-partisan US invasions, occupations and support for dictatorships and human rights abusers. Dissent on the left has long been seen as 'criminal behavior'. Where once "the communist threat' was the argument for such repression, now, "terrorism" is. When it comes to war, US government sees three roles for the American people: 1. Pay hundreds of billions for the largest military on Earth 2. Kill and possibly die or be maimed for US military and corporate dominance of other countries 3. Cheerlead war. The US government - bought and paid for by weapons-makers and mercenaries ('contractors') - does not think that We The People have the right to even question, much less challenge and resist permanent war, where is bankrupting our country and civilian deaths ignites violent reaction. Just days before the raids, the Department of Justice Inspector General released a report about FBI abuses of peace groups under the Bush Administration - abuses that President Obama continues. Republicans and Democrats rubberstamp domestic spying on peace organizations, Quakers, solidarity groups visiting countries that the US bombs or subsidizes death squads in. In June, the Supreme Court ruled 5-to-4 in Holder v. Humanitarian Law Center that peace groups who talked about non-violent, democratic practices and international human rights law - that is, alternatives to terrorism - with organizations on the State Department's "Terrorist Watch List" may be charged with 'material aid to terrorists'. If ending terrorism is actually the goal, then, why make working to end violence a crime? In his dissent, SCOTUS Justice Stephen Breyer warned that political speech - the most protected speech under the First Amendment - was being criminalized. President Bill Clinton's 1996 Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act made "material aid" a crime, expanded under George W. Bush's PATRIOT Act and broadening to Orwellian vagueness under the President Obama. Campaign promises to close Guantanamo, yet the Obama Administration is defending Bush-era torture and imprisonment without charges, trial or conviction in court. Obama claims further powers: to assassinate anyone labeled a "terrorist' overseas - including American citizens. Billions of dollars have simply disappeared in Iraq and Afghanistan . Contractors like KBR/Halliburton reap billions for work not done and services not provided. The US government bribes Taliban, warlords and "insurgents" with over $2B. Dissidents educate the American public about these policies as much as they protest them. As the FBI raided American dissidents' homes, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced economic sanctions against Iran for human rights abuses, including "suppression of dissent". What hypocrisy! Since WWI, the FBI has targeted peace activists, most infamously labor leader Eugene Debs was sentenced to ten years in prison for an anti-war speech. The FBI's COINTEL program subjected the civil rights movement to domestic spying while the Klux Klux Klan burned churches and homes, beat and murdered with near-total impunity. Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and other leaders of color had thick FBI files. The Black Panther Party, American Indian Movement and Puerto Rican Independence movement were subjected to FBI assaults, murders and frame-ups. Congress' 1978 Church Committee investigated these abuses and ended them until 9/11 loosened all rules. Almost always it is progressive/Leftist non-violent groups and activists that the FBI spies on, harasses and tries to jail. Anti-choice groups post hit lists of doctors with their addresses, commit arson on and mail anthrax-like powder to clinics - without being investigated. White supremacists and militias threaten and commit violence against people of color, Muslims and progressives. Violent rhetoric infuses many right-wing groups - with no grand jury subpoenas. Support racism, corporate rule and war - that is, rightwing ideology - even with a call for violence, is protected speech. The Supreme Court will hear the case of homophobic preacher, Fred Phelps, who protests military funerals. Likely Phelps will win, as "unpopular speech" - especially if it's bigotry - gets protection. This is the same court that made talking about international human rights law a crime. Bigots are held up as 'victims' who's First Amendment rights are threatened, yet, hatred has no problem being heard. No one is harassed for suggesting that the US nuke other countries who have not attacked us. Instead, the government targets those who uphold values of equal justice under the law, human rights, democracy and peace. Nine years after the September 11 attacks, the US government has done more damage to fundamental American freedoms than Al-Qaeda ever did. With progressive dissent, censored from corporate media, increasingly treated like a crime, it's time to ask: what is being protected? Lydia Howell is a Minneapolis activist, journalist and producer-host of CATALYST: politics 7 culture on KFAI Radio. Lydia Howell (email lydia [at] tcdailyplanet.net), a winner of the 2007 Premack Award for Public Interest Journalism, is a Minneapolis independent journalist writing for various newspapers. [The FBI works for the ruling class. You can tell a lot about who the ruling class love and hate by what the FBI does. The full power of government is enlisted to make the rich richer, and silence pesky opposition. This is not a democracy - it is a plutocracy with a mask, a plutocracy which has not yet become a full-blown fascist police state, because there are still large enough pockets of resistence. These they are trying to eliminate so they can achieve THEIR American Dream (everything for them, nothing for anyone else). -ed] --------15 of 19-------- Dissent in the Age of Obama by Cindy Sheehan Tuesday, October 5, 2010 Al-Jazeera-English Common Dreams "The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants, and it provides the further advantage of giving the servants of tyranny a good conscience". - Albert Camus Recently, the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) raided the homes of at least eight anti-war/social justice activists here in the US. I happen to be a prominent anti-war activist myself, and have joked that I am a "little hurt" that I was not raided and perhaps I should try harder. Even though, we have the urge to try and be light-hearted in this time of an increasing police state, with civil liberties on the retreat, it really isn't funny considering that the activists could face some serious charges stemming from these raids. I have felt this harassment on a smaller scale myself and I know that defending oneself against a police state that has unlimited resources, time and cruelty, can be quite expensive, time consuming and annoying. There is nothing noble about an agency that has reduced itself to being jackbooted enforcers of a neo-fascist police state, no matter how much the FBI has been romanticised in movies, television and books. For example, in one instance, early in the morning of September 24, at the home of Mick Kelly of Minneapolis, the door was battered in and flung across the room when his partner audaciously asked to see the FBI's warrant through the door's peephole. At Jessica Sundin's home, she walked downstairs to find seven agents ransacking her home while her partner and child looked on in shock. These raids have terrifying implications for dissent here in the US. First of all, these US citizens have been long-time and devoted anti-war activists who organised an anti-war rally that was violently suppressed by the US police state in Minneapolis-St. Paul, during the 2008 Republican National Convention. Because the Minneapolis activists have integrity, they had already announced that they would do the same if the Democrats hold their convention there in 2012. I have observed that it was one thing to be anti-Bush, but to be anti-war in the age of Obama is not to be tolerated by many people. If you will also notice, the only people who seem to know about the raids are those of us already in the movement. There has been no huge outcry over this fresh outrage, either by the so-called movement or the corporate media. I submit that if George Bush were still president, or if this happened under a McCain/Palin regime, there would be tens of thousands of people in the streets to protest. This is one of the reasons an escalation in police state oppression is so much more dangerous under Obama - even now, he gets a free pass from the very same people who should be adamantly opposed to such policies. Secondly, I believe because the raids happened to basically "unsung" and unknown, but very active workers in the movement, that the coordinated, early morning home invasions were designed to intimidate and frighten those of us who are still doing the work. The Obama regime would like nothing better than for us to shut up or go underground and to quit embarrassing it by pointing out its abject failures and highlighting its obvious crimes. Just look at how the Democrats are demonising activists who are trying to point out the inconvenient truth that the country (under a near Democratic tyranny) is sliding further into economic collapse, environmental decay and perpetual war for enormous profit. Barack and Joe, the commandantes of this police state, say that those who have the temerity to be critical are "asleep" and just need to "buck up". White House spokesperson, Robert Gibbs, recently stated that we on the "professional left" need to be "drug tested" if we are not addicted to the regimes' own drug: the Hopium of the Obama propaganda response team. It seems like, even though some of those that have been nailed to the cross of national security do activism around South America, most of the activism is anti-war and pro-Palestinian rights. Being supportive of any Arab or Muslim, no matter how benign or courageous is a very dangerous activity here in post-9/11 America. The Supreme Court just decided (Wilner v. National Security Agency) that the National Security Agency (NSA) did not have to disclose if it was using warrantless wiretapping to spy on attorneys representing the extra-legal detention of prisoners in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Obtaining warrants, with cause, and attorney-client privilege were important principles of the US justice system, but even the neo-fascist Supreme Court is undermining the law - talk about "activist" judges! Not only have activists been targeted here in the States, but Obama has ominously declared himself judge, jury and executioner of anyone that he deems a national security "threat". These are the actions of a tyrant and another assault against our rights and against the rule of law from a person who promised "complete transparency" from his administration. We have learned that Obama's first victim under his presidential execution programme is Anwar al-Awlaki, a US-born Muslim who is now in Yemen. Without showing proof of al-Awlaki's so-called executionable offenses and without a trial in a court of law, Obama has unloosed his hit squads on Awlaki. Is there anyone out there reading this who does not believe, or fear, that this programme could quickly descend into summary executions within the borders of the US? Al-Awlaki's father has filed a motion in federal court to stay the execution of his son until he gets his constitutionally guaranteed rights to due process, but Obama's justice department has refused to cooperate stating that to do so would "undermine" that fabled, exploited and ephemeral "national security". When Obama behaves like Bush, only on steroids, he amply demonstrates why other people hate our country so much. Persons in other countries are not nearly as blind as Americans. They know that even though Obama went to Cairo to blather about building understanding between the US and the Muslim world, actions speak louder than words and Obama's actions drip with carnage and pain. Obviously, the suppression of dissent here in the US, while outrageous and inexcusable, has not reached the level of the McCarthy witch hunts of the 1950's - yet. The longer we Americans remain silent in the face of these injustices, the more they will continue to occur and escalate. Make your voice heard! 2010 Al-Jazeera-English Cindy Sheehan is the mother of Specialist Casey A. Sheehan who was killed in Iraq on April 4, 2004. Since then, she has been a tireless activist for peace and human rights; has published five books, has her own Internet radio show: Cindy Sheehan.s Soapbox, and has been nominated in the past for the Noble Peace Prize. Cindy lives in Oakland, Ca and loves to spend time with her three grandbabies in her spare time. You can learn more about Cindy's activism and events at Peace of the Action. --------16 of 19-------- Rahm Goes for the Gold in Chicago Heads Up for the Greens By JOHN HALLE October 5, 2010 CounterPunch In a scene reminiscent of his days as a ballet major at Sarah Lawrence College, last week found White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel executing a classic grand jt, shifting the focus of his energies from Washington to his home town of Chicago where he hopes to enter the Mayor's office. Emanuel's access to the highest echelons of the Democratic Party corporate establishment and to attendant hordes of cold cash for the asking makes it a good bet that he will waltz through the Democratic Party primary campaign one which will amount to a coronation ceremony rather than a competition. While this prospect might be alarming to some liberals, it shouldn't be. For nothing would be more appropriate than for the foul-mouthed cynic Emanuel to receive the nomination of the Party of Blogojevich, not to mention numerous felons large and small who have for generations made the Chicago Democratic Machine a virtual synonym for sleaze, corruption and opportunism. While in no way rejecting their core values, recent Chicago pols, most notably those in the Obama circle, would appear to differ from their troglodyte forbears: the tasteful cut of their suits, their Ivy League discourse, their apparent command and adherence to bureaucratic and procedural detail would seem to mark them as a distinct species. But while Emanuel shares some of their superficially electable qualities, he differs in an important respect: The necessarily backstage, covert activities of bland technocrats allows them to function as blank slates onto which gullible liberals and information starved low income constituencies could project a hopeful facade. In contrast, many of these groups now know exactly what Emanuel stands for and they don't like it, or him, a bit. These include environmentalists well aware of his role in pushing through the "pragmatic" appointment of energy industry shill Ken Salazar and Obama's catastrophic jettisoning of his campaign pledge to continue the ban on off-shore drilling. Others will point to the role of the former investment banker in Wall Street friendly policies and at the expense of an economic stimulus package having the potential to reduce hemorrhaging unemployment. Health care reform advocates whom Emanuel referred to as "fucking retards" might have been wiling to forgive had he not made them look like fools for signing onto an absurd "public option" which had, as it turned out, already been removed from the table in a pre-compromise engineered by Emanuel with his friend chief PHARMA lobbyist Billy Tauzin. Arab Americans have not forgotten the vile racist slurs which emanated from Emanuel's father on the first days of Emanuel's tenure in the White House, nor have African Americans forgotten that Emanuel did nothing to halt, indeed may have actively encouraged, the witch hunting of activist organizations ACORN and Green Energy Czar Van Jones. More than a few of these members of the Democratic base are looking for payback. And the good news for them is that they have a way to obtain it. For Illinois is home to one of the most thriving state Green Parties, one which is currently fielding a substantial slate of candidates some of whom are running fully credible and in some cases potentially winning campaigns. Among these is Rich Whitney, who in his previous race for Governor achieved a double digit showing. Another LeAlan Jones, a Polk Award winnning journalist from Chicago's South Side is expected to acquire similar if not greater numbers of votes in his run for Senate. A third, Jeremy Karpen, recently received the endorsement of the Chicago Tribune in his race for State Legislature in a Chicago district. The Greens should be fixing their eye on this race as their first big city mayoralty following the heartbreaking near victory of Matt Gonzalez in San Francisco a few years back. And we should be helping them with the funds and on the ground resources necessary to pull it off. Emanuel's candidacy, and his eventual drubbing in the general election, should be the Greens' - and all of our - win. John Halle is Director of Studies in Music Theory and Practice at Bard College. He can be reached at: halle [at] bard.edu --------17 of 19-------- March to Nowhere: the October 2 protest By Chris Hedges http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/march_to_nowhere_20101005/ Oct 5, 2010 We can hold One Nation marches every week. It will not make any difference until we revolt against the formal structures of power. The liberal preoccupation with positive forms of propaganda ignores the root of our problem. The tea party and hate mongers on Fox such as Glenn Beck, however repugnant, are the manifestation of the crisis, not its cause. The forces assaulting the remnants of American democracy will not be cowed or discredited with rallies, such as the one in Washington on Saturday. We will blunt these rising anti-democratic forces only when we organize outside conventional systems of power. It means dismantling the permanent war economy and the corporate state. It means an end to foreclosures and bank repossessions. It means a functional health care system for all Americans. It means taking care of our poor and unemployed. And it means a system of government that is freed from corporate interests. Mass support for anti-democratic movements and public acceptance of open violations of human rights are not caused, in the end, by the skillful dissemination of misinformation or brainwashing. They are caused by the breakdown of a society and the death of a liberal class that once made reform and representative government possible. The timidity of our liberal class was on public display during the march in Washington. Speakers may have called for jobs, but none would call on citizens to abandon the rotting hull of the Democratic Party and our moribund political system or put Wall Street speculators in prison. The speakers at the rally proposed working within the current electoral system, although most Americans are aware that it has been gamed by corporate interests. This is hardly a call, especially given the failures of the Obama administration, that will fire up the unemployed and underemployed. "We need jobs," the Rev. Al Sharpton said at the march. "We've bailed out the banks. We bailed out the insurance companies. Now it's time to bail out the American people." But Sharpton and the other speakers, too close to the power elite in the Democratic Party, did not call for rebellion. There was no war cry against Wall Street and the purveyors of death in the defense and health industry. There was no acknowledgement that unfettered capitalism and globalization are killing our ecosystem and creating a worldwide system of neo-feudalism. There was no acceptance that the corporate state must be dismantled if we are to save ourselves. Any effective resistance must begin with a condemnation of our political elite and liberal institutions, including the press, the universities, labor, the arts, religious institutions and the Democratic Party, for selling us out. But the speakers on the mall in Washington would not go there. And I suspect, for this reason, the Americans who are hurting most found nothing they said of interest. All totalitarian movements, even those that are openly criminal, succeed because they have widespread mass support. They are the expression of a yearning that sweeps through a nation that has been convulsed by economic dislocation, a loss of hope and flagrant political corruption. And in these times of lament and deprivation the absurdities, crimes and excesses of reactionary forces do not matter. It wasn't hard to find out what Slobodan Milosevic was doing in Bosnia. It wasn't hard in Nazi Germany to hear about the widespread massacres of Jews in Poland. It is not a secret to most Americans that Muslim detainees, held for years without charges, are tortured in black sites around the world. The murder of tens of thousands of civilians by our forces in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan is tacitly acknowledged by the public as the price of war. The massive human suffering in the open-air prison that is Gaza is not a mystery. We know what happens to the millions of undocumented workers who live as stateless citizens among us and have become a kind of modern day slave labor force. The rising proto-fascist movement in America is caused by a hatred and alienation so profound that the crimes of the state, along with the buffoonish antics of those who defend and champion these crimes, do not matter. We will not discredit the right-wing with facts, a demand for a respect of law or rational discussion. Propaganda or counter messages of tolerance are not the issue. The issue is societal collapse. This issue is a corporate state that has carried out a coup d'etat. The issue is the rupture of all mechanisms within the political process to protect citizens from accelerating impoverishment, internal control and corporate abuse. Those who refuse to acknowledge this bleak reality cannot offer solutions. The right-wing propagandists have not created the problem. They have tapped into the moral void that has left tens of millions of Americans yearning for a profound and radical change. And if torture, war, racist attacks on immigrants, gays and Muslims, along with increased repression against internal dissidents, is the price for moral and economic renewal many Americans are ready to sign on. If those who lead this rising proto-fascist movement insist on a Christian nation, teach creationism and believe in the physical existence of Satan, many Americans will sign on for this too. Hatred, when mobilized, is a very effective political force. And hatred, including the hatred for a liberal class that abandoned the working class, is what we face. The decimation of our working class through outsourcing and globalization dynamited two of the most important props of the democratic system - class consciousness and class conflict. This has left traditional political parties, which once represented differing class interests, with nothing to offer the public beyond fringe issues such as abortion or gay marriage. Those in the liberal class who cling to the corpse of the Democratic Party do so not because they believe in the policies of the party - it does not differ in any significant way from the Republican Party - but because they hope against hope that the party will somehow restore itself to its former position as a defender of liberal values and the working class interests. It is the politics of nostalgia. Our political theater has orphaned citizens who once looked to political parties to express and defend their interests. It has engendered apathy toward traditional social and political structures and an inchoate rage. This mixture of apathy and rage is a volatile cocktail. It finds its expression outside normal systems of dissent and in leaders who, in times of prosperity and stability, would be dismissed as lunatics. No rally, no positive message, no effort to expose the idiocies of those arrayed against us will work until we restore to the political process mechanisms by which ordinary citizens can be heard. Hannah Arendt in "The Origins of Totalitarianism" cites the collapse of traditional political mechanisms, which now plagues us, as the opening needed for all totalitarian movements: "The fall of protecting class walls transformed the slumbering majorities behind all parties into one great unorganized, structureless mass of furious individuals who had nothing in common except their vague apprehension that the hopes of party members were doomed, that, consequently, the most respected, articulate and representative members of the community were fools and that all the powers that be were not so much evil as they were equally stupid and fraudulent." The One Nation March in Washington, which lacked moral and political courage, did nothing to educate or rally our most important constituency - those out of work, those being foreclosed, those without hope. It refused to confront the real, corporate structures of power. It refused to disown Barack Obama and the Democrats. And in the end it only confirmed what those who hate us think of liberals. --------18 of 19-------- What Classless Society? by Jack A. Smith October 2nd, 2010 Dissident Voice The so-called growing rich-poor gap in "classless" America is a euphemism for the existence of an accelerated class struggle against American workers and the poor by a relatively small minority that possesses or has access to great wealth and power. The Census Bureau reported September 24 that the income differential between rich and poor Americans was greater in 2009 than any time since such records were kept. Another Census report two weeks earlier revealed that America's largest year-to-year increase in poverty took place in 2009, although its estimate of 43.6 million people living in poverty is considered a serious undercount based on outmoded measurement criteria. Young workers and children are fast falling to the bottom of the heap. The biggest poverty jump last year was among 18 to 24 year old "less-skilled" adults, and 20% of our children live in poverty. The Associated Press reported September 28, "The top-earning 20% of Americans - those making more than $100,000 each year - received 49.4% of all income generated in the U.S., compared with the 3.4% earned by those below the poverty line, according to newly released Census figures. That ratio of 14.5-to-1 was an increase from 13.6 in 2008 and nearly double a low of 7.69 in 1968." A different measure, the international Gini index, found U.S. income inequality at its highest level since the Census Bureau began tracking household income in 1967. The U.S. also has the greatest disparity among Western industrialized nations in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Following are some recent statistics and statements that show how wide is the chasm between the upper class and the rest of American society, from the poorest of the poor through the working class and middle class. (Note in following paragraphs the difference between "income," meaning what you earn each year, and "wealth," meaning income plus assets - assets being everything you own, from your house, car and furnishings to all your property, savings, stocks and bonds, yachts, jewelry, etc. According to the Wall St. Journal, a 2008 study of wealth in the United States found that the richest .01% (that's one-hundredth of one percent, or 14,000 American families) possess 22.2% of the nation's wealth. The bottom 90%, or over 133 million families, control just 4% of the nation's wealth. The remaining top 9.99% made ends meet with what's left, 73.8%. David DeGraw also has written that "a recent study done by Capgemini and Merrill Lynch Wealth Management found that a mere 1% of Americans are hoarding $13 trillion in investable wealth - and that doesn't even factor in all the money they have hidden in offshore accounts". A recent report by Ray B. Williams points out that "The U.S. 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 1 of every 15 income dollars. Now they take 3 of every 15 income dollars. Income inequality has been rising since the late 1970s, and now rests at a level not seen since the Gilded Age (1870 to 1900), a period in U.S. history defined by the contrast between the excesses of the super-rich and the squalor of the poor". According to Paul Buchheit of DePaul University "In 1965, the average salary for a CEO of a major U.S. company was 25 times the salary of the average worker. Today, the average CEO's pay is more than 250 times the average worker's". The New York Times reported March 31, 2010, "Top hedge fund managers rode the 2009 stock market rally to record gains, with the highest-paid 25 earning a collective $25.3 billion, according to the survey, beating the old 2007 high by a wide margin". The annual GDP of nearly 90 UN member nations is lower than what these people took home last year. The highest paid manager on the list was David Tepper of Appaloosa Management, who made $4 billion last year". Year 2009 may have been an economic disaster for a record number of Americans, but the U.S. billionaire caste - and millionaires as well, of course - had an excellent year. According to Forbes magazine, 2009 "was a billionaire bonanza," with Bill Gates profiting by $13 billion (enlarging his wealth to $53 billion), and Warren Buffett getting $10 billion richer (increasing his fortune to $47 billion). There are 1,011 billionaires in the world (40% are Americans) with an average net worth of $3.6 billion - a relative trifle more than the "wealth" possessed by the bottom half of the entire world population. Throughout their lives, average Americans are taught by their school, church and corporate mass media that theirs is a classless society, and that the notion of classes, class struggle, or class war is just left wing propaganda. Differences in income are acknowledged - but it is claimed that since upward mobility and attainment of the American Dream are available to everyone if they work hard enough, there is only one class despite gradations in wealth. It's called the middle class, presumably with statistical subsections for the very rich and very poor. But the "dream" and upward mobility have never been available to everyone, and over the last three decades have been substantially reduced for many new generations of working families. How often do you hear the politicians of the two ruling parties or the government they administer referring to the working class, lower middle class, the lower class or the upper class and the ruling class? In America, virtually everyone seems to be lumped into the middle class if they are earning between $25,000 and $250,000 a year, which is a preposterous parody of real class relations. Representatives of these two income variants have little to nothing in common except the class to which they appear to have been assigned. The millions living in poverty are called "the poor" and are in the public mind often blamed for their own plight (lazy, shiftless, ignorant). The very rich are called the "top 1%," and the simply rich are termed the "top 10%," and are often admired and thanked because they create the jobs that prevent the inhabitants of the middle class from falling into the ranks of the poor. For the past three or four decades the upper class and its agents have been accelerating a campaign against the wages and living standards of the working class/lower middle class and more recently the middle class as well, pushing more and more people into the lower classes. One example of this is that wages no longer correlate to productivity increases, as they did in the first three decades after World War II; another is the erosion of progressive taxation. In addition, the influence of wealth on the White House and Congress has seen to it that hardly any significant social service legislation has come out of Washington for 40 years. President Obama promotes his health care legislation as a major progressive achievement, but this apex of the current administration's social contribution is to the right of Democrat President Harry Truman's proposals in 1948 and Republican President Richard Nixon's program of 1972. Truman and Nixon failed, and there has been such political regress over these decades that Democratic Party programs now emanate from the center/center-right. The problem isn't just the disproportion of money in the hands of a small minority while the standards of most American families are eroding, but it is what's done with all that money. It elects Presidents, governors and mayors in most of the major cities. It elects members of the House and Senate and state legislatures. If you have millions to spend without batting an eye, you have political clout in America, often decisive clout, and it's principally deployed to further the interests of the "haves," as opposed to the "have nots". This is what is meant by class war, and it seems to be waged these days only by the top 10% (the upper class) that controls 96% of the wealth against the 90% (working class to middle class and lower class) which controls 4%. The bottom 50% by the way accounts for a pathetic 1% of America's wealth. Isn't it time for the "bottom" 90% to stand up, fight back, and claim their share? Jack A. Smith is editor of the Activist Newsletter and a former editor of the Guardian (US) radical newsweekly. He may be reached at: jacdon [at] earthlink.net. --------19 of 19-------- It may be cheap and easy but I like it anyway... ----------- Screw Yoo ----------- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- - 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 for governor 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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