Progressive Calendar 03.21.11
From: David Shove (
Date: Mon, 21 Mar 2011 13:23:27 -0700 (PDT)
               P R O G R E S S I V E   C A L E N D A R   03.21.11

1. Libya           3.21 4:30pm
2. Bradley Manning 3.21 5pm
3. Peace walk      3.21 6pm RiverFalls WI
4. Think/talk      3.21 6pm
5. Community-owned 3.21 7pm

6. Dave Bicking - Libya

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From: WAMM <wamm [at]>
Subject: Libya 3.21 4:30pm

[WAMM] Fwd: iraqpeaceaction calls for emergency protest: Say NO to
    U.S. War in Libya

Emergency Protest:
Say NO to U.S. War in Libya
Monday, March 21
4:30 PM
Minneapolis Federal Building
4th Street & 3rd Ave. South
Downtown Minneapolis

Endorsed by Anti-War Committee and WAMM
For more information: 612 827-5364.

On Saturday, March 19 the U.S. and other powers launched military
strikes against Libya.
Join an emergency protest to speak out against a new U.S. war in the
Middle East.

[ed comment
Obama starts wars
Obama ends no wars
We can't make Obama not start a war
We can't make Obama end a war
Obama doesn't listen
Obama doesn't have to listen
Obama doesn't want to listen
Obam won't listen
End the wars by ending the system that makes them
Protest the wars - protest the system ]

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From: Facebook <notification+kr4ma254ennx [at]>
Subject: Bradley Manning 3.21 5pm

Event: Free Bradley Manning! We demand a meeting!
Start Time: Monday, February 21 at 5:00pm
End Time: Monday, February 21 at 6:00pm
Location: Senator Amy Klobuchar's Minneapolis Office

To see more details, follow the link below:

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From: Nancy Holden <d.n.holden [at]>
Subject: Peace walk 3.21 6pm RiverFalls WI

River Falls Peace and Justice Walkers. We meet every Monday from 6-7 pm on
the UWRF campus at Cascade Ave. and 2nd Street, immediately across from
"Journey" House. We walk through the downtown of River Falls. Contact:
d.n.holden [at] Douglas H Holden 1004 Morgan Road River Falls,
Wisconsin 54022

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>From web [at] Fri Mar 18 13:40:42 2011
Subject: Think/talk 3.21 6pm

Monday March 21, 6:00pm  Freethought Toastmasters
Larpenteur Estates Party Room, 1276 Larpenteur Ave. W, St. Paul 55113
This group meets the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month.  Contact George
Kane, nup [at] for more information.

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From: Leslie Reindl <alteravista [at]>
Subject: Community-owned 3.21 7pm

7-9 pm:   Toward a Community-Owned Economy:
Exploring Possible vs. Probable Futures as Planning Tools [Designing
the Framework]
Community Support and Development Center and community-owned agriculture
as cornerstones (Monday March 21).

Free Part of EXCOTC (Experimental Community Education of the Twin Cities,
sign up at Room 214 Campus Center, Macalester College

Presented by Wilhelm Reindl.  FFI alteravista [at], 651-633-4410

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Date: Mon, 21 Mar 2011 12:21:59 -0500
From: Dave Bicking <dave [at]>
Subject: Emergency demo for Libya - today, Monday, 4:30pm

I am just sick about the bombing of Libya.  I'm sure the US is killing
more civilians than it is saving - hundreds of cruise missiles tends to do
that.  The stated aim of protecting civilians is a cover for the same
interests of plunder and conquest that motivate all our other wars.  The
corporate media calls this our third simultaneous war against a Muslim
nation - but that ignores Pakistan, so it is the fourth (not counting
covert action and military aid throughout the Middle East in opposition to
democratic movements).

Please join me in an emergency demonstration in opposition.  The US people
need to come out into the streets to change our own government - the only
hope for us and for the rest of the world.

***** TODAY, Monday, March 21, 4:30pm Federal Building in downtown Mpls,
4th St.  between 3rd and 4th Aves. S.

I hope you are receiving some news and analysis from alternative sources.
This is NOT the same as the authentic movements for democracy in many
other Middle Eastern and North African countries.  In those, the US backs
violent suppression (as in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia)  or gives lip service to
democracy while secretly propping up the dictators they have supported all
along, or facilitating their removal so that the US can find another
repressive government to take their place (Egypt, Tunisia).

While there are legitimate grievances in Libya, and I am sure some genuine
grassroots people inspired by Egypt, this is primarily a civil war.  The
rebellion has been prepared for years by US aid to the "rebels", who are
well armed coming from bases in western Egypt.  Many of the rebels are
reactionary, even flying the flag of the old Libyan monarchy.  Only in
Libya do you see a "democracy" movement armed with tanks, machine guns,
and anti- aircraft weapons.  The goal is to overthrow Gaddafi and
establish a pro-Western government friendly to Western oil interests, or
at the least to divide Libya and control the eastern oil-rich region
including the city of Benghazi.

The Obama administration is not a "reluctant participant" as generally
portrayed in the media, but has pushed for war.  The true situation in
Libya is complex.  Gaddafi has been repressive, and for the last 8 years
has done much more to ingratiate himself with the US and foreign oil
corporations.  On the other hand, he still has a lot of support in Libya,
having successfully overthrown the monarchy 42 years ago, nationalizing
the oil, and providing free education and health care and other benefits
for the people with the nation's oil wealth.

Whatever you may think about the Libyan government and Gaddafi, a military
attack by the US and the former colonial powers is the worst thing that
can happen for the Libyan people.

Below is the demonstration call from WAMM and others, followed by some
articles they have included.

Dave Bicking

Dear Peacemakers,

Please join us for an Emergency Protest to Say NO to the U.S. War in Libya

Monday, March 21st @ 4:30 PM
Minneapolis Federal Building
4th Street & 3rd Ave. South, Downtown Minneapolis

On Saturday, March 19 the U.S. and other powers launched military strikes
against Libya. Join an emergency protest to speak out against a new U.S.
war in the Middle East.  Initiated by Women Against Military Madness.
Endorsed by Anti-War Committee, Twin Cities Peace Campaign and others.
For more information: 612 827-5364.

*For information and analysis on the attacks on Liby*a see below.

Peace in the struggle,

Marie Braun
For Twin Cities Peace Campaign



The International Action Center calls on all anti-war and social justice
activists to call Emergency Response STOP THE U.S. WAR AGAINST LIBYA AND
BAHRAIN actions in their areas on Friday, March 18 or Saturday, March 19,
or to mobilize support for any already existing anti-war demonstrations
called to mark the anniversary of the Iraq War, with this statement and
intensify the mobilization for the April 9th and 10th Anti-War
demonstrations in New York and San Francisco called by the United National
Antiwar Committee.

On March 17, 2011, Washington showed its true intentions by pushing
through a U.N. Security Council resolution that amounts to a declaration
of war on the government and people of Libya.

A U.S. attack is the worst possible thing that could happen to the people
of Libya. It also puts the unfolding Arab revolutions, which have inspired
people across North Africa and Western Asia, in the gravest danger.

The resolution goes beyond a no-fly zone. It includes language saying U.N.
member states could "take all necessary measures" ... "by halting attacks
by air, land and sea forces under the control of the Gadhafi
regime."(, Mar 17)

The new resolution not only calls for attacks on Libyan aircraft and air
defenses, but authorizes the strafing and bombing of ground forces as
well. The U.S. and French governments immediately announced that they were
ready to go. Britain and Italy are aiding. In essence the former colonial
powers have begun an armed attack on the Libyan government and its people,
backing one side of a civil war.

No matter how one feels about Libya today and the role of the Gadhafi
government; regardless of how one evaluates the Libyan opposition, a
U.S.-led war or intervention in Libya is a disaster for the Libyan people,
and for peace and progress around the world.


The U.S. and its allies are repeating over and over the lie that they are
trying to "prevent attacks on civilians" and are acting from humanitarian
motives. But nobody should be fooled. Consider these "humanitarians" and
how they react to Bahrain.

The U.S. Fifth Fleet is based in Bahrain, which is an absolute monarchy.
Its people have been valiantly trying to change their government for
weeks. They had some initial success. The king responded with deadly
repression and later with hints at reform.

On March 14, however, hours after Secretary of Defense Gates visited
Bahrain, the Bahraini government commenced a brutal crackdown, backed up
by Saudi Arabian troops. Helicopters, tear gas, rubber bullets, and live
ammunition were used, killing and injuring many people. Nearly all of
Bahrain's security forces are foreign mercenaries.

Unlike the Libyan rebels, the Bahraini people have absolutely no arms. But
there has been no talk of a no-fly zone over Bahrain, let alone attacks on
the murderous Bahraini and Saudi armies.


This is because the real motivation for the U.S. and its allies in both
Bahrain and Libya, and indeed the whole region, is to control the OIL! It
is Washington's main strategic interest and a primary financial interest
for U.S. big business.

This is true even though the U.S. is not directly dependent on imported
oil from Libya. Oil is a worldwide commodity, and any country which
imports oil must deal with a world market, no matter from which individual
country or countries they import the oil.

Of even more importance to the U.S. and Europeans is who controls the flow
of oil. A military presence or a reliable puppet in Libya would give
Washington --and to a lesser extent the European imperialists -- control
of the oil spigot to Europe and also establish a military presence in
North Africa from which to influence or prevent the development of the
revolutions, especially in Egypt and Tunisia.


Not only a demonization campaign against the Libyan leader, but every form
of fraud and propaganda is being used to push for this intervention,
including a supposed "vote" by the Arab League supporting the latest U.N.
resolution. Left unsaid is the fact that only 11 of the 22 members of the
League even attended the meeting, which was held behind closed doors. Two
of these 11 attending members, Syria and Algeria, made clear that they
were completely opposed to military intervention in Libya.

Meanwhile the corporate media has ignored a resolution by the African
Union, representing 53 countries, which adamantly rejected a no-fly zone
or other intervention.


The U. S. blocked any UN action, even a toothless resolution, during the
massive Israeli bombardment of Gaza in 2008 and also during the Israeli
bombing and attempted invasion of Lebanon in 2006, as well as the
continued bombardment of Gaza as recently as this week!.

It is important that peace-loving and progressive people around the world
develop a consistent approach opposing ALL U.S. intervention. This is the
only way to avoid becoming just an echo of the U.S. State Department and

U.S., French, British, Italian hands off Libya!
NO to the U.S. supported attack on the people's movement of Bahrain!
U.S. Out of Arab and African Lands!


War on Libya: U.S. and NATO air strikes, cruise missile attacks begin
Commentary by Kosta Harlan | March 19, 2011

Protest sign from March 19: U.S. hands off the Arab revolution! (Fight
Back! News/Staff) With missiles from French fighter jets and cruise
missiles from U.S. naval forces stationed off the coast of Libya, the
large scale foreign intervention aimed at overthrowing the Libyan
government began on Saturday March 19 - exactly eight years after the U.S.
invasion and occupation of Iraq began. The air strikes come just 48 hours
after the UN Security Council voted - with abstentions from China, Russia,
Brazil, India, and Germany - to implement a "no fly zone" over Libya.

U.S. military leads the way in "Operation Odyssey Dawn"

The U.S. Department of Defense noted that "U.S. military forces are on the
leading edge of the coalition operation, taking out Libya's integrated air
and missile defense system". The military operation is called "Operation
Odyssey Dawn".

The U.S. began its assault in Libya with 110 Tomahawk cruise missiles (at
a cost of $2 million each) launched from U.S. submarines and frigates.
Twenty-five naval frigates from the U.S., the United Kingdom, France and
Canada are positioned off the coast of Libya, ready to launch further
strikes on the country.

Meanwhile, French fighter jets were reported to have bombed a number of
targets in Libya. Libyan state television is also reporting that Libya's
air defenses shot down a French fighter jet, although this has not yet
been confirmed.

Military officials with NATO have pointed out that the current assault is
only the first phase of the intervention. It is not yet clear what the
second phase will encompass, but Al Jazeera is reporting that the targets
will include ground forces and tanks.

The air strikes and attacks on Libya took place despite the invitation
from Libya's government to bring international observers into the country.
Khaled Kaim, Libya's deputy foreign minister, told the BBC, "the ceasefire
is real, credible and solid. We are willing to receive observers as soon
as possible".

President Obama spoke as the assault began, noting that U.S. forces were
"responding to calls of a threatened people". However, Obama made no
mention of the threatened peoples and ongoing massacres of protestors in
U.S.-backed dictatorships in Yemen and Bahrain.

People of Libya resist foreign intervention

Since the beginning of the current crisis, the media has portrayed the
conflict in Libya as a struggle between the overwhelming majority of
Libya's people and a dictatorship lacking any credibility or popular

But whatever one's view of Colonel Gaddafi or the existing regime, if one
looks past the pro-war propaganda, it is sufficiently clear that what is
taking place in Libya more accurately resembles a civil war than a
situation like Egypt or Tunisia. In those countries, overwhelming numbers
of people demanded the fall of the regime, and the military and police
forces of those governments were unable to suppress the revolt.

But in Libya it is clear that just as there are significant numbers of
people opposed to the regime, there are also masses of people who support
the existing government and are willing to fight for it.

Recall that just 72 hours ago, the rebel forces headquartered in Benghazi
were nearly routed, and many talked about the collapse of the rebellion.

And on February 15, as the crisis was beginning to unfold, thousands of
people rallied in cities across Libya in support of the government.

Al Jazeera is currently reporting that hundreds of people are camped out
at Colonel Gaddafi's home at Bab al-Aziziyah, to protect it from possible
air strikes, while thousands are reported to have attended rallies on
March 19 in the capitol Tripoli against foreign intervention.

Rather than so-called "humanitarian intervention" in defense of the
overwhelming majority of people, what is taking place is a military
intervention on one side of a civil war.

Progressives must defend the right of the Libyan people to
self-determination. It is not the place of western and historically
colonial powers to intervene in the affairs of Libya. Whatever problems
exist with Libyan society and government are best dealt with by the people
of Libya, and not by imperialistic powers.

The real reason for intervention in Libya

Foreign intervention will not result in self-determination or independence
for the Libyan people. Those who today defend the necessity for
"liberation by cruise missile" in Libya should think about what took place
in Iraq over the last twenty years.

Like Libya, Iraq has massive oil reserves and occupies a strategic
location in the region. Like Libya's Gaddafi, Iraq's leader Saddam Hussein
was depicted in racist terms by the corporate media and as a "mad man"
intent on oppressing his own people; and that military intervention in
Iraq was for "humanitarian" purposes.

In Iraq, the no fly zone resulted in thousands of air strikes that killed
many civilians and patriotic Iraqis over several years. The no fly zone
ultimately led to a declaration of war, invasion, and occupation that
killed over 1,000,000 Iraqis, utterly devastated the country, and
destroyed an independent, sovereign nation in the Middle East.

The U.S., U.K., French, and Canadian forces, along with the rest of NATO,
are not humanitarians. Their cruise missiles, naval frigates, bombs,
bullets and troops will do nothing to improve the situation for the people
of Libya or anywhere else in the region.

They are opportunistically seeking to seize control of Libya's vast oil
reserves - the largest reserves in the African continent - and re-assert
dominance in a region that is shaking from a powerful storm of revolutions
against corrupt U.S.-backed dictatorships.

U.S. anti-war movement calls to end U.S. intervention in Libya

The same day that the air strikes began in Libya, tens of thousands were
protesting in the United States to mark the 8th anniversary of the U.S.
invasion of Iraq. At many of these demonstrations, calls to end the U.S.
aggression against Libya were being heard.

On April 9, thousands of people will converge again in New York City and
San Francisco to protest the Iraq, Afghanistan wars, and now the assault
in Libya. While progressive forces in the U.S. have held sharply differing
views on the nature of the conflict in Libya, the entire progressive
movement can and must unite on the basis of opposing further U.S. attacks
on Libya and supporting the right of the Libyan people to determine their
own destiny, free from foreign interference.


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