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|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2011 13:38:55 -0700 (PDT)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 03.31.11 1. Eagan peace vigil 3.31 4:30pm 2. Northtown vigil 3.31 5pm 3. StP schools 3.31 7pm 4. Berryman's poems 3.31 7:30pm 5. Cuba film 3.31 7:30pm 6. Ffunch fools 4.01 11:30am 7. Palestine vigil 4.01 4:15pm 8. Malalai Joya 4.01 7pm 9. Lois Willand - Urban gardener classes at Luxton Park SE Mpls 10. Friends/Earth - Obama doubles down on dirty energy 11. Michael Schwalbe - A primer on class struggle 12. DE Shove - Obama's Constantinople crusade --------1 of 12-------- From: Greg and Sue Skog <family4peace [at] msn.com> Subject: Eagan peace vigil 3.31 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. --------2 of 12-------- From: EKalamboki [at] aol.com Subject: Northtown vigil 3.31 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. --------3 of 12-------- From: Anne Carroll <carrfran [at] gmail.com> Subject: StP schools 3.31 7pm SAINT PAUL, MINN - The Saint Paul Public Schools Board of Education will hold a Listening Session Thursday, March 31, 2011 from 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at Hancock - Hamline University Collaborative Magnet. Listening Sessions are part of the Board's community engagement and are designed to allow participants the opportunity to speak with Board members in an open forum with no pre-determined topics. The session is similar to town hall meetings held by state legislators to connect with constituents. At least two Board of Education members will participate in the session to listen and talk about topics and issues participants choose to address. Listening Sessions are in addition to, and less formal than, public comment sessions held each month during regular Board of Education meetings. The Listening Sessions are not Board meetings, but will be hosted and facilitated by Board members who are looking forward to hearing what people have to say. Board members participating in the Listening Session will share discussion from the session with Board colleagues at the earliest opportunity following the listening session. For more information about the Listening Session, please call 651-767-8149. To request a Hmong, Karen, Somali or Spanish interpreter for the session, please call 651-767-8334. Board of Education Listening Session Hancock - Hamline University Collaborative Magnet 1599 Englewood Avenue Saint Paul, MN 55104 Thursday, March 31, 2011 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. For more information about St. Paul Public Schools, go to www.SPPS.org <http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?llr=vuxsoncab&et=1104932009548&s=113&e=0019N84bGb q1aAyQIK9M6ljqFeju9orNpl7h7Y0dkBqKKAYZfzPMnJBUyHLjvSSiOUG162bPf8mvyE5hSWoQYB ZwYA51ZlpuVij-MUFWQXY-zg=> . --------4 of 12-------- From: lydiahowell [at] comcast.net Subject: Berryman's poems 3.31 7:30pm --- On Wed, 3/23/11, Lois Willand <loiswilland [at] comcast.net> wrote: READINGS OF JOHN BERRYMAN'S DREAM SONGS AND ADDRESSES TO THE LORD The Book House in Dinkytown will host an evening of Dream Songs with local actor/playwright Ben Kreilkamp, and poet/editor Michael Mann on Thursday, March 31 at 7:30 pm. This program grew out of the overwhelming success of our February 17th event, John Berryman, Poet and Teacher: A Celebration, at the Loring Pasta Bar which was attended by over a 100 former students, friends and fans of the Pulitzer Prize winning poet and University of Minnesota teacher. As a playwright Ben's interest in the Dream Songs is based largely in his fascination with the possibilities their syntax suggests for an American theatrical language. Michael Mann has said that he considers the Addresses to the Lord the the final Dream Songs, which were published some four years earlier. The readings will be held in the downstairs event space of the Book House, 429 14th Ave, SE, Minneapolis, MN. Admission is free. Book House in Dinkytown A Dinkytown landmark for 35 years http://www.bookhouseindinkytown.com/ 612-822-4853 Follow us on Facebook --------5 of 12-------- From: Rowley Clan <rowleyclan [at] earthlink.net> Subject: Cuba film 3.31 7:30pm Cuban Movie Festival Thursdays from February 24 through March 31, 7:30 p.m. St. Anthony Main, 115 Main Street Southeast, Minneapolis. An outstanding collection of Cuban cinema, featuring winners from the 2010 Latin American Film Festival in Havana. Five Cuban feature films and one US/Cuba documentary will be screened at the Second Annual Cuban Film Festival. All films are in Spanish with English subtitles.Tickets: $7.00. Sponsored by: the Minnesota Cuba Committee and the Film Society of Minneapolis/St. Paul. FFI: Visit <http://www.minnesotacubacommittee.org> www.minnesotacubacommittee.org. March 31st Van Van Fever This film is a new feature length documentary about Cuba's most popular dance orchestra.. It is a fascinating testimony to the power of Cuban music. Put on your dancing shoes! After the film there will be a closing reception party with live band "Cubania" celebrating the music of Cuba. It will take place at Vic's, just down the street from the theatre. --------6 of 12-------- From: David Shove <shove001 [at] tc.umn.edu> Subject: Ffunch fools 4.01 11:30am Ffunch 4.01 11:30am Meet the FFUNCH FOOLS! 11:30am-1pm First Friday Lunch (FFUNCH) for April fools. Informal political tricks and hanging out. Day By Day Cafe 477 W 7th Av St Paul. Meet on the far south side. Day By Day has soups, salads, sandwiches, and dangerous apple pie; is close to downtown St Paul & on major bus lines --------7 of 12-------- From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at] riseup.net> Subject: Palestine vigil 4.01 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. --------8 of 12-------- From: Women Against Military Madness <wamm [at] mtn.org> Subject: Malalai Joya 4.01 7pm Malalai Joya: "Ten Years Into the U.S. War: An Evening with the 'Bravest Woman in Afghanistan'" After initially being denied, Malalai Joya was finally issued her visa late Wednesday night and was scheduled to board a plane for the U.S. shortly thereafter. She will make her scheduled appearances, in person, starting with her Boston appearance at Harvard University. Thanks to all who called in on this issue - it had a tremendous effect. Power to the People! Friday, April 1, 7:00 p.m. St. Joan of Arc Church, 4537 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis. Malalai Joya has been called "the bravest woman in Afghanistan." At a constitutional assembly in Kabul in 2003, she stood up and denounced her country's powerful U.S./ NATO-backed warlords. She was only twenty-five years old. Two years later, she became the youngest person elected to Afghanistan's new Parliament. In 2007, she was suspended from the parliament for her persistent criticism of the warlords and drug barons and their cronies. She has survived four assassination attempts to date. Malalai Joya takes us inside Afghanistan and shows us the desperate day-to-day situation the Afghan people face at every turn. She will answer such questions as "What are U.S. tax dollars paying for in Afghanistan?" and "Is the U.S. war and occupation really helping Afghan women?" A controversial political figure in one of the most dangerous places on earth, Malalai Joya is a hero for our times, a young woman who refused to be silent, a young woman committed to making a difference in the world, no matter the cost. Tickets: $10.00. Call the WAMM office today to reserve a ticket, as they are going rapidly. Sponsored by: the Twin Cities Peace Campaign (TCPC) and WAMM. FFI and Tickets: Call TCPC, 612-522-1861 or WAMM, 612-827-5364. --------9 of 12-------- From: lydiahowell [at] comcast.net From: Lois Willand <loiswilland [at] comcast.net> Subject: Urban gardener classes at Luxton Park SE Mpls URBAN GARDENER CLASSES AT LUXTON STARTING APRIL 7 There is space left to participate in the Urban Gardener program. The classes are taught by certified Hennepin County Master Gardeners and are meant for beginning and intermediate level gardeners who want to learn more about topics such as soils, plants, and vegetable gardening. Translation is available in Somali and Hmong. If you need help with another language, please let us know and we will try to accommodate you. Urban Gardener classes will start Thursday, April 7 th , 6:00 PM at Luxton Park Space is limited so please reserve your spot soon. You can reserve a spot by emailing Dean Porter and dean.porter [at] capiusa.org or calling him at 612-767-3682. --------10 of 12-------- March 30, 2011 CONTACT: Friends of The Earth Nick Berning, 202-222-0748, nberning [at] foe.org; Kelly Trout, 202-222-0722, ktrout [at] foe.org Obama Doubles Down on Dirty Energy, Continues to Call Nukes "Clean," Ignores Clean Air Act WASHINGTON - March 30 - In response to President Obama's speech today on the subject of energy security, as well as supporting documentation released by the White House, Friends of the Earth Climate and Energy Director Damon Moglen had the following statement: "This speech was more about polluting the future than winning it. President Obama today doubled down on his support for dirty energy sources including the nuclear, corn ethanol, oil, natural gas, and coal industries, while going AWOL on a crucial fight over the Clean Air Act. "Given the escalating radiation disaster in Japan, it's dumbfounding that President Obama believes it's justifiable to call nuclear energy "clean". After such misguided nuclear boosterism, in addition to the multibillion dollar bailout guarantees for the nuclear industry that the President supports, it's easy to see why Duke Energy was willing to offer the President's party a $10 million line of credit for the 2012 Democratic convention. "Moreover, it is unacceptable that in a speech billed as being about 'energy security," the President failed to recommit his administration to defending the Clean Air Act against rollbacks. The Clean Air Act is the most potent tool against climate change that Congress has created, and climate change is the biggest energy-related threat to our security. If the President is truly serious about energy security, he must be much more vocal in his support of this crucial law". .### Friends of the Earth is the U.S. voice of the world's largest grassroots environmental network, with member groups in 77 countries. Since 1969, Friends of the Earth has fought to create a more healthy, just world. [Obama, corporate pig, squeals for his masters.] --------11 of 12-------- A Primer on Class Struggle by Michael Schwalbe Thursday, March 31, 2011 by CommonDreams.org When we study Marx in my graduate social theory course, it never fails that at least one student will say (approximately), "Class struggle didn't escalate in the way Marx expected. In modern capitalist societies class struggle has disappeared. So isn't it clear that Marx was wrong and his ideas are of little value today?" I respond by challenging the premise that class struggle has disappeared. On the contrary, I say that class struggle is going on all the time in every major institution of society. One just has to learn how to recognize it. One needn't embrace the labor theory of value to understand that employers try to increase profits by keeping wages down and getting as much work as possible out of their employees. As the saying goes, every successful capitalist knows what a Marxist knows; they just apply the knowledge differently. Workers' desire for better pay and benefits, safe working conditions, and control over their own time puts them at odds with employers. Class struggle in this sense hasn't gone away. In fact, it's inherent in the relationship between capitalist employer and employee. What varies is how aggressively and overtly each side fights for its interests. Where else does class struggle occur? We can find class struggle wherever three things are at stake: the balance of power between capitalists and workers, the legitimacy of capitalism, and profits. The most important arena outside the workplace is government, because it's here that the rules of the game are made, interpreted, and enforced. When we look at how capitalists try to use government to protect and advance their interests -- and at how other groups resist -- we are looking at class struggle. Capitalists want laws that weaken and cheapen labor. This means laws that make it harder for workers to organize unions; laws that make it easier to export production to other countries; laws that make it easier to import workers from other countries; laws and fiscal policies that keep unemployment high, so that workers will feel lucky just to have jobs, even with low pay and poor benefits. Capitalists want tax codes that allow them to pay as little tax as possible; laws that allow them to externalize the costs of production (e.g., the health damage caused by pollution); laws that allow them to swallow competitors and grow huge and more powerful; and laws that allow them to use their wealth to dominate the political process. Workers, when guided by their economic interests, generally want the opposite. I should note that by "workers," I mean everyone who earns a wage or a salary and does not derive wealth from controlling the labor of others. By this definition, most of us are workers, though some are more privileged than others. This definition also implies that whenever we resist the creation and enforcement of laws that give capitalists more power to exploit people and the environment, we are engaged in class struggle, whether we call it that or not. There are many other things capitalists want from government. They want public subsidy of the infrastructure on which profitability depends; they want wealth transferred to them via military spending; they want militarily-enforced access to foreign markets, raw materials, and labor; and they want suppression of dissent when it becomes economically disruptive. So we can include popular resistance to corporate welfare, military spending, imperialist wars, and government authoritarianism as further instances of class struggle. Class struggle goes on in other realms. In goes on in K-12 education, for example, when business tries to influence what students are taught about everything from nutrition to the virtues of free enterprise; when U.S. labor history is excluded from the required curriculum; and when teachers. unions are blamed for problems of student achievement that are in fact consequences of the maldistribution of income and wealth in U.S. society. It goes on in higher education when corporations lavish funds on commercially viable research; when capitalist-backed pundits attack professors for teaching students to think critically about capitalism; and when they give money in exchange for putting their names on buildings and schools. Class struggle also goes on in higher education when pro-capitalist business schools are exempted from criticism for being ideological and free-market economists are lauded as objective scientists. In media discourse, class struggle goes on when we're told that the criminal behavior of capitalist firms is a bad-apple problem rather than a rotten-barrel problem. It goes on when we're told that the economy is improving when wages are stagnant, unemployment is high, and jobs continue to be moved overseas. It goes on when we're told that U.S. wars and occupations are motivated by humanitarian rather than economic and geopolitical concerns. Class struggle goes on in the cultural realm when books, films, and songs vaunt the myth that economic inequality is a result of natural differences in talent and motivation. It goes on when books, films, and songs celebrate militarism and violence. It also goes on when writers, filmmakers, songwriters, and other artists challenge these myths and celebrations. It goes on, too, in the realm of religion. When economic exploitation is justified as divinely ordained, when the oppressed are appeased by promises of justice in an afterlife, and when human capacities for rational thought are stunted by superstition, capitalism is reinforced. Class struggle is also evident when religious teachings are used, antithetically to capitalism, to affirm values of equality, compassion, and cooperation. I began with the claim that Marx's contemporary relevance becomes clear once one learns to see the pervasiveness of class struggle. But apart from courses in social theory, reading Marx is optional. In the real world, the important thing is learning to see the myriad ways that capitalists try to advance their interests at the expense of everyone else. This doesn't mean that everything in social life can be reduced to class struggle, but that everything in social life should be examined to see if and how it involves a playing-out of class interests. There is fierce resistance to thinking along these lines, precisely because class analysis threatens to unite the great majority of working people who are otherwise divided in a fight over crumbs. Class analysis also threatens to break down the nationalism upon which capitalists depend to raise armies to help exploit the people and resources of other countries. Even unions, supposed agents of workers, often resist class analysis because it exposes the limits of accommodationism. Resistance to thinking about class struggle is powerful, but the power of class analysis is hard to resist, once one grasps it. Suddenly, seemingly odd or unrelated capitalist stratagems begin to make sense. To take a current example, why would capitalists bankroll candidates and politicians to destroy public sector unions? Why do capitalists care so much about the public sector? It's not because they want to balance budgets, create jobs, improve government efficiency, or achieve any of the goals publicly touted by governors like Scott Walker, Chris Christie, Rick Snyder, or John Kasich. It's because of the profit and power they can gain by destroying the last remaining organizations that fight for the interests of working people in the political sphere, and by making sure that private-sector workers can't look to the public sector for examples of how to win better pay and benefits. Other parts of the agenda being pursued by corporate-backed governors and other elected officials also make sense as elements of class struggle. Selling off utilities, forests, and roads is not about saving taxpayers money. It's about giving capitalists control of these assets so they can be used to generate profits. Cutting social services is about ensuring that workers depend on low-wage jobs for survival. Capitalists' goal, as always, is a greater share of wealth for them and a smaller share for the rest of us. Clear away the befogging rhetoric, the rhetoric that masks class struggle, and it becomes clear that the bottom line is the bottom line. If class struggle is hard to see, it's not only because of mystifying ideology. It's because the struggle has been a rout for the last thirty years. But a more visible class struggle could be at hand. The side that's been losing has begun to fight back more aggressively, as we've seen most notably in Wisconsin. To see what's at stake in this fight and what a real victory might look like, it will help to call the fight by its proper name. Michael Schwalbe is a professor of sociology at North Carolina State University. He can be reached at MLSchwalbe [at] nc.rr.com. --------12 of 12-------- Obama's Constantinople Crusade DE Shove Intuition Hotline A few days ago the CIA called Obama's attention to a 1950's song: Istanbul not Constantinople Now it's Istanbul not Constantinople Istanbul not Constantinople - Why did Constantinople get the works? That's nobody's business but the Turks Even old New York was once New Amsterdam Why'd they change it who can say Maybe they liked it better that way Istanbul not Constantinople Now it's Istanbul not Constantinople Istanbul not Constantinople - Why did Constantinople get the works? That's nobody's business but the Turks Well, said Obama, it's OUR business. Constantinople is a good old-fashioned Christian name, after the Emperor Constantine. But what is this "Istanbul" nonsense? Moslem terrorism on roller skates. Good America-loving Turks want to return to the old name. Only rabid death-dealing democracy-hating anti-American terrorists want the new one. The CIA and 24 (25? 26?) super-secret defense agencies found that Turkisb city to be filled with Constantinopolitans (Cons) begging to be liberated from the dreaded Istan Bulls. I immediately launched 2000 of our best pro-democracy Moslem-Mangler drones. Followed by 200 randomly targeted Shia-Shredder cruise missiles. Ka-Boom boom boom, ha ha, that'll show 'em. The army, navy, air force, marines, and contractors have begun co-ordinated land air and sea humanitarian rescue operations. It will show those Moslem miscreants not to mess with Uncle Sam or Father Obama or Lord Jesus Jehovah-Yahweh. Contrary to what spittle-dribbling wild-eyed weirdo America-haters are saying, this is not about oil. However, God did put it there for the United States now, so how could we refuse it if it came our way? (Oil companies: please call, and remember 2012.) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ - 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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