|Progressive Calendar 11.18.10||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Thu, 18 Nov 2010 14:13:57 -0800 (PST)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 11.18.10 1. Anti-FBI rally 11.18 4:30 pm/7pm 2. Eagan peace vigil 11.18 4:30pm 3. Northtown vigil 11.18 5pm 4. Lake St/wine/gifts 11.18 5:30pm 5. LaDuke at Hamline 11.18 7pm 6. Torture 11.18 7pm 7. Islam/media 11.18 7pm 8. Amnesty Intl 11.18 7:15pm --------1 of 8-------- Date: Thu, 18 Nov 2010 10:46:30 -0600 (CST) From: Women Against Military Madness <wamm [at] mtn.org> Subject: Anti-FBI rally 11.18 4:30 pm/7pm Press Conference Regarding Subpoena of Anti-War Activists 11/18/10 Three Twin Cities anti-war activist told they must appear in front of Grand Jury Press Conference: Thursday, November 18, 4:30 p.m. Minneapolis Federal Building, 300 South 4th Street, Minneapolis. Three well-known Twin Cities anti-war and international solidarity activists, Tracy Molm, Anh Pham, and Sarah Martin have received word from the U.S. Attorney's Office that they will be called to appear in front of a Chicago Grand Jury. This is a continuation of a campaign of federal intimidation of anti- war, labor and international solidarity activists that started on September 24 with raids on homes and offices in Minneapolis and Chicago and FBI visits to activists in other cities. During the September 24 raids, the FBI handed subpoenas to testify before a federal grand jury to 14 activists in Illinois, Minnesota, and Michigan. All of them submitted legal documents invoking their Fifth Amendment rights and did not appear before the Grand Jury. Now, Tracy Molm, Anh Pham, and Sarah Martin are being told that they will have to appear in front of the Grand Jury. "Saying these three activists should appear in front of a Grand Jury represents a dangerous escalation of the government interference and repression against the anti-war movement. This is a scare tactic to dampen the right to speak out against U.S. wars and interventions around the world," said Jess Sundin of the Anti -War Committee. "The FBI campaign against anti-war activists is a major threat to anyone who questions U.S. policies around the world. Many of those who had been targeted in these raids are long-time peace, labor and social justice activists," said Mick Kelly of the Committee Against FBI Repression. For further information contact: Jess Sundin at 612-272-2209 Mick Kelly at 612-715-3280 Steff Yorek at 612-865-8234 -- Date: Thu, 18 Nov 2010 07:00:18 -0600 From: Dave Bicking <dave [at] colorstudy.com> Subject: FBI Raids: Rally TODAY - new subpoenas Dear Greens, It has been a month since I last wrote to you about the FBI raids and subpoenas directed at antiwar activists in Minneapolis. We have been waiting for "the other shoe to drop" - while hoping that the government would back off. We now have confirmation that the investigation is continuing: three local activists have just had subpoenas re-issued, requiring them to testify at a Grand Jury in Chicago. In reaction to this new development, there is an emergency rally and press conference to be held TODAY: Thursday, November 18, 4:30pm Rally and Press Conference in support of those subpoenaed to the Grand Jury, at the Federal Building in downtown Minneapolis, 300 S. 4th St. Followed by: Thursday, November 18, 7pm Solidarity meeting to talk about new developments, plan strategy, and continue the work, at Walker Church, 3104 16th Ave. S., Mpls. Please come and get involved! I don't have a lot of information about the new subpoenas. They have been issued to Tracy Molm (SDS), Anh Pham (Anti-War Committee and MIRAc), and Sarah Martin (WAMM). I don't believe it is known yet the date(s) that they will be required to appear and testify at the Grand Jury. I presume they have been offered some sort of immunity in order to keep them from asserting Fifth Amendment rights, as they did with the first set of subpoenas. What I do know for certain is that they will refuse to testify. That is likely to lead to civil contempt charges, which could result in going to jail for as long as the Grand Jury is in session, or up to 18 months. Just a reminder from my past emails: There are many more reasons than just self-incrimination why all of the 14 people who have been subpoenaed are determined not to testify at the Grand Jury. They will not cooperate with this witch hunt on principle; they will not give the FBI further information about the thoughts and actions of fellow activists; and they must not name names and give more information about the people in Colombia and Palestine with whom they have met. Those people in Colombia and Palestine have told their stories about their conditions and experiences, to be shared with the American people, on the condition of anonymity, out of fear of the consequences for themselves and their families. There will likely be more details available at today's press conference. If you can not make it there, you could find out more information at tonight's meeting. I'll report when I know more. One more action, specifically for today: Please call or email Representative Keith Ellison. A delegation of Minnesotans is in Washington, DC today to meet with Congressional representatives, meeting with Ellison at 9am this morning. They are urging him to initiate a "Dear Colleague" letter to other Congress people, opposing the raids and calling for the Grand Jury investigation to be dropped. We wish that to be worded as strongly as possible; we would also like him to initiate legislation to amend the "material support to terrorism" provisions to negate the recent Supreme Court ruling that extended that provision to First Amendment protected activities. Contact info for Representative Keith Ellison: local phone: 612-522-1212 DC phone: 202-225-4755 email contact form: http://forms.house.gov/ellison/webforms/issue_subscribe.htm The movement has been active during this "waiting period." We have met with a number of elected officials. There was a considerable success in the MN Legislature: during the special session for flood relief funding, Representative Karen Clark and Senator Linda Berglin collected 62 legislators' signatures on a strongly worded letter condemning the raids and subpoenas, and asking other officials to do the same. Good for them! So where the hell are the rest of our elected officials, at the local and federal level? A few have told us that they are "working behind the scenes", but none other than Green Party Mpls City Council member Cam Gordon have actually taken a public postion of any sort. It has been almost 8 weeks; it's getting too late for any of them to claim they care about dissent or civil liberties. This does not bode well for what may happen if the Democratic National Convention comes to Minneapolis in 2012! Flyers have been distributed at many events, and some fundraisers have been held. Money is still needed to pay for lawyers, court costs, and flyers. Please contribute if you can. For more information and to donate, see: http://stopfbi.net/ (national) http://www.antiwarcommittee.org/ (local) http://mnstopfbi.wordpress.com/ Indymedia has an article about the recent developments, along with an analysis of the material support law: http://www.tc.indymedia.org/2010/nov/three-twin-cities-antiwar-activists-called-back-chicago- grand-jury Please continue to support our movements by supporting the people who have been targeted for their work! -Dave Bicking [Our government lets us know that war death and pain are good, and peace life and happiness are bad. This is the heart of capitalism -ed] --------2 of 8-------- From: Greg and Sue Skog <family4peace [at] msn.com> Subject: Eagan peace vigil 11.18 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. --------3 of 8-------- From: EKalamboki [at] aol.com Subject: Northtown vigil 11.18 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. --------4 of 8-------- Date: Thu, 18 Nov 2010 14:06:47 -0600 From: Jason Stone <jason.stone [at] yahoo.com> Subject: Lake St/wine/gifts 11.18 5:30pm Fundraiser: Lake Street Council Wine & Silent Auction 11/18/10 Save the date! Put it on your calendar now...you can buy gifts for everyone on your holiday list at this silent auction. And it's the best place to network in town. Buy your tickets NOW. You are invited to the following event: Lake Street Wine Tasting & Silent Auction Fundraiser Thursday, November 18, 2010 from 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM (CT) El Nuevo Rodeo 3003 27th Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55406 --------5 of 8-------- From: Gary Carlson <gcarlso5 [at] hotmail.com> Subject: LaDuke at Hamline 11.18 7pm Thursday, November 18, 2010 Feed Your Hunger, Food and Justice Winona LaDuke, Anishinaabekwe (Ojibwe)author and activist, founder of White Earth Land Recovery Project and Honor the Earth, will speak on food, justice, and sustainable communities. 7pm Hamline, Klas Ballroom Contact: sharon jaffe, 651 523 2483 Related website: http://nativeharvest.com/winona_laduke --------6 of 8--------- From: Women Against Military Madness <wamm [at] mtn.org> Subject: Torture 11.18 7pm Panel: "Legal and Medical Impunity for Torture: From Nuremberg to California" Thursday, November 18, 7:00 p.m. William Mitchell College of Law, 875 Summit Avenue, St. Paul. Dr Steve Miles and attorney Margerie Cohn discuss the history and current practices of the use of Prisoners of War (POW's) for medical experimentation. Cost: $10.00. Open to the public. Sponsored by: World Without Genocide. Endorsed by: the WAMM Tackling Torture at the Top (T3) Committee. --------7 of 8-------- From: Women Against Military Madness <wamm [at] mtn.org> Subject: Islam/media 11.18 7pm Forum: "Islam, the Middle East and the Media" Thursday, November 18, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, 511 Groveland Avenue, Minneapolis. This Forum will discuss how Islam and the conflicts within the Middle East and other parts of the Islamic world are reported in the U.S. and foreign media, and how they have influenced public attitudes and actions. Presenter Ahmed Tharwat, is host and co-creator of BelAhdan (tr. With Open Arms), the only Arab-American TV show in the Midwest. It has aired for more than 10 years on Twin Cities Public Television and can be seen throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Born and raised in Egypt in a family of eight children, Ahmed came to the U.S. when he was 25. He has appeared on NPR's All Things Considered, the PBS NewsHour and WCCO Radio; has written for Slate and Salon magazines, the Minneapolis StarTribune and Saint Paul Pioneer Press; and won the 2000 Community Columnist Award. Free and open to the public. Presented by: Third Thursday Global Issues Forums. Co-Sponsored by: the Social Concerns Committee of Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, United Nations Association of Minnesota, Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers, and Minnesota Chapter of Citizens for Global Solutions. Endorsed by: the WAMM Middle East Committee. --------8 of 8-------- From: Amnesty Intl Subject: Amnesty Intl 11.18 7:15pm AIUSA Group 315 (Wayzata/Western suburbs) meets on Thursday, November 18th, at 7:15 p.m. at St. Luke Presbyterian Church, 3121 Groveland School Road, Wayzata (near the intersection of Rt. 101 and Minnetonka Blvd). ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ - 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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