Progressive Calendar 04.02.11
From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)
Date: Sat, 2 Apr 2011 05:22:32 -0700 (PDT)
             P R O G R E S S I V E   C A L E N D A R   04.02.11

1. Garden/MSP       4.02 9am
2. Racism           4.02 10am
3. Vs Libya         4.02 1pm
4. CUAPB            4.02 1:30pm
5. Northtown vigil  4.02 2pm
6. Saved by commons 4.02 2pm

7. Atheist radio    4.03 9am
8. Stillwater vigil 4.03 1pm
9. Rights/art       4.03 1pm
10. 9/11 free film  4.03 2pm
11. Immigrants      4.03 2:30pm

12. Kevin Zeese - Join Americans fed up with big finance
13. PC Roberts  - Occupying the world: the new colonialism
14. ed          - PPP

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rom: Margaret Shields <margaret [at] gardeningmatters.org>
Subject: Garden/Mpls/StP 4.02 9am

MPLS:
The annual gardening hoe-down is back! The fun happens this Saturday April
2nd from 9am-4pm at the Sabathani Community Center in South Minneapolis.
Organized by Gardening Matters, a metro area non-profit dedicated to
promoting and preserving community gardens across MN.

This is an excellent chance to meet other gardeners from around the metro
area, glean what resources and opportunities are available to community
gardens from representatives of metro area gardening organizations, and
cultivate some new horticultural and organizational skills at 15 different
workshops offered through the course of the day.

STP:
Frogtown Gardens of St. Paul kicks off the day with a keynote presentation
at 9am on the "Power of Collaboration." Doors open at 8:30am.

For more info or to download a program of the days' activities including
workshop descriptions and schedule, go to
www.gardeningmatters.org/events/community-garden-spring-resource-fair I am
also attaching a flier for your viewing pleasure.

Specific questions can be sent to me (Margaret) or call the Gardening
Matters office at 612-821-2358

View more files added to St. Paul Announcements at
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From: Women Against Military Madness <wamm [at] mtn.org>
Subject: Racism 4.02 10am

WAMM Study of Racism: "Witnessing Whiteness" Book Discussion (Second
Meeting)
Saturday, April 2, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Location: TBD
FFI and Location: Call WAMM, 612-827-5364 or email
wammofficemanager [at] mtn.org.

WAMM has signed on to the statement, "Let's Build a U.S. for All of Us: No
Room for Racism," and we are reading the book "Witnessing Whiteness" by
Shelly Tochluk, as part of our commitment to work on racial justice. All
WAMM members are invited to join the WAMM Board in a discussion
facilitated by WAMM Board member Lisa Albrecht, PhD, Morse-Minnesota
Alumni Association Distinguished Professor of Teaching, School of Social
Work. You do not need to have read the book to participate in the
discussion.


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From: Women Against Military Madness <wamm [at] mtn.org>
Subject: Vs Libya 4.02 1pm

Protest: Say No to U.S. War on Libya
Saturday, April 2, 1:00 p.m. Hiawatha and Lake Street, Minneapolis.

Come participate in a visible anti-war presence with signs and banners.
Eight years after the start of the war in Iraq, the U.S. has launched a
new war in the Middle East, this time against Libya. This is not a
"humanitarian intervention." This is a war launched to try to
control the oil resources of the region. The big powers intervene for
their own economic interests, not for the interests of the people. Funds
are needed for housing, jobs, education and human needs, not a new war.
Endorsed by: Anti-War Committee, Emergency Committee to Stop U.S. War in
Libya, Iraq Peace Action Coalition, Military Families Speak Out, Students
for a Democratic Society (U of M), Twin Cities Peace Campaign, Veterans
for Peace, WAMM and others. FFI: Call 612-333-4719.


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From: Michelle Gross <mgresist [at] visi.com>
Subject: CUAPB 4.02 1:30pm

Meetings: Every Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Walker Church, 3104 16th Avenue
South http://www.CUAPB.org

Communities United Against Police Brutality
3100 16th Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Hotline 612-874-STOP (7867)


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From: Vanka485 [at] aol.com
Subject: Northtown vigil 4.02 2pm

Peace vigil at Northtown (Old Hwy 10 & University Av), every Saturday
2-3pm


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From: Paul Busch <pobusch [at] msn.com>
Subject: Saved by commons 4.02 2pm

Free program at Merriam Park Library on the commons

The program starts at 2pm (and I think goes until 3:30). From the flyer:
"Jay Walljasper, former longtime editor of the Utne Reader, will share how
the commons can help us save the economy, the environment, the internet,
democracy, our communities and everything else that belongs to all of us."


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From: Minnesota Atheists <web [at] mnatheists.org>
Subject: Atheist radio 4.03 9am

Sunday, April 3, 9:00am-10:00am Atheists Talk Radio AM 950 KTNF in the
Twin Cities or stream live at http://www.am950ktnf.com. Guest:  Neil
DeGrasse Tyson.  Mike Haubrich hosts.  Contact us during the show with
questions or comments at (952) 946-6205 or radio [at] mnatheists.org.


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From: scot b <earthmannow [at] comcast.net>
Subject: Stillwater vigil 4.03 1pm

A weekly Vigil for Peace Every Sunday, at the Stillwater bridge from 1- 2
p.m.  Come after Church or after brunch ! All are invited to join in song
and witness to the human desire for peace in our world. Signs need to be
positive.  Sponsored by the St. Croix Valley Peacemakers.

If you have a United Nations flag or a United States flag please bring it.
Be sure to dress for the weather . For more information go to
<http://www.stcroixvalleypeacemakers.com/>http://www.stcroixvalleypeacemakers.com/

For more information you could call 651 275 0247 or 651 999 - 9560


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From: "Krista Menzel (Merriam Park Neighbors for Peace)" <web [at] MPPeace.org>
Subject: Rights/art 4.03 1pm

Self Advocates Minnesota (SAM) presents:
Open and Shut Case:
Art Exhibit & Interactive Game About the 2007 Human Rights Convention on
Persons with Disabilities

Sunday, April 3, 2011
1:00-3:30 p.m.
1:00 p.m.  View the art, meet the artists
1:30 p.m.  Game: Human Rights Feud (Human Rights "Family Feud")
3:00 p.m.  Ceremony & discussion celebrating Disability Rights

Newell Park, Pavilion, Fairview Avenue North and West Pierce Butler Route,
St. Paul, MN 55104

Free and open to the public. Refreshments provided.
Artists will portray disability rights in an art exhibit from Self
Advocates Minnesota (SAM).

Human rights open doors. Doors of opportunity. Doors of change. At least
that's the hope. Or maybe "human rights" is just a vague concept? What are
human rights really worth to someone with a developmental disability?
Those questions will be partly answered on Sunday, April 3, 2011.
Advocating Change Together (ACT), Self Advocates Minnesota (SAM), and
Remembering With Dignity (RWD) will present "Open and Shut Case," a new
interactive art exhibit about human rights by artists with developmental
disabilities. The art exhibit premieres in St. Paul's Newell Park. Along
with the exhibit will be an interactive "Family Feud-style game, where
members of the public can learn more about the artists' ^ and their own
^ views of human rights.

For more information, contact Halle O'Falvey at halleofalvey [at] gmail.com or 
(651) 206-5054.


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From: shirley johnson <skjohnsn [at] comcast.net>
Subject: 9/11 free film 4.03 2pm

Minnesota 9/11 Truth Upcoming Events
Sunday, April 3, 2011, 2 PM - 5 PM: showing of Fabled Enemies at the
Suburban World, 3022 Hennepin Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN.  The Suburban
World serves brunch and lunches in a casual setting.  Film showing is free


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From: Women Against Military Madness <wamm [at] mtn.org>
Subject: Immigrants 4.03 2:30pm

Rally Against Detention of Immigrants: Support Civil Immigrant Detainees
and Their Families of All Nationalities

Sunday, April 3, 2:30 to 3:00 p.m. Ramsey County Adult Detention
Center, 425 Grove Street, St. Paul. Join community members of all
faiths and others who advocate for immigrants and immigration reform
as we gather to show support to those detained by Immigration and
Customs Enforcement (ICE) at the Ramsey County Detention Center. Help
call attention to our nation^^s broken immigration system and the need
for Immigration Reform now. Sponsored by: the Interfaith Coalition on
Immigration, Advocates for Human Rights, the WAMM Immigration
Committee, and others.


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Sounds of Resistance are Growing
Join Americans Fed Up With Big Finance
by Kevin Zeese / April 1st, 2011
Dissident Voice

Are you tired of big banks making record profits, paying giant executive
salaries and bonuses and then cooking the books so they avoid paying
taxes?  We are.  And we are responding.  Join us.

On April 15 in Union Square Park in New York City at 11:00 AM we are
holding a "Sounds of Resistance Concert" and protest against the big
corporate banks that have undermined the U.S. economy and displaced
families from their homes. Big Finance has taken more than a trillion from
the Department of Treasury and Federal Reserve to pay for their casino
gambling on Wall Street but they are still forcing people out of their
homes, not lending to small businesses and choking the economy.

The concert will feature political hip-hop/rock powerhouse Junkyard Empire
with special guests Broadcast Live and Sketch the Cataclysm. Chris Hedges
will speak about the growing culture of resistance. Other performers and
speakers are invited.

The protest will include a picket of the Union Square Bank of America - a
major culprit in the great rip off of the American taxpayer.

This concert and protest are part of the effort to build the urgently
needed movement to shift power to the people and away from concentrated
capital interests.

Our demands:

Stop Foreclosures: The last two years saw record foreclosures with one out
of seven houses in the U.S. behind in their mortgage payments.  A total of
3.8 million foreclosure filings and actual bank repossessions topped 2.8
million in 2010, a 2% increase over 2009 and a 23% increase over 2008.
This record is likely to be broken in 2011. The housing market is so bad
that now there are reports of banks walking away from houses in
foreclosure, leaving problems in communities.

Pay Fair Share of Taxes: Big banks are not paying taxes, while reaping tax
payer bailouts. Bank of America did not pay any federal income taxes in
2010. The largest bank in America didn't pay federal income taxes in 2009
either. If Bank of America paid their fair share of taxes, planned cuts of
$1.7 billion in early childhood education (Head Start & Title 1) would not
be needed. Bank of America avoids paying taxes by using subsidiaries in
offshore tax havens. To eliminate their taxes, they reinvest proceeds
overseas, instead of bringing the dollars home, thereby undermining the
U.S. economy and avoiding federal taxes. Big Finance, like Bank of
America, contributes to record deficits that are resulting in massive cuts
to basic services in federal and state governments.

Break Up the Big Corporate Banks: If banks are "too big to fail", then
they are too big.  They dominate the economy and the political system. Ten
huge banks now control 60% of the economy. They ensure concentration of
capital and concentration of political power. Because of the federal
government's protection of the big banks, small and moderate sized banks
cannot compete.  Failure to break up big corporate banks ensures their
dominance of the economy and the government.  As Senator Dick Durbin said
about the banks controlling the senate, in a moment of honest frustration,
"they own the place". It is time for the people to take back ownership of
government and politics.

It is urgent that Americans organize, and stand up to the concentrated
political/economic power and greed of the financial elite.  Join us on
April 15 to be part of a people-powered movement that reins in the power
of concentrated corporatism and builds the power of all Americans. Get
involved now as we take the steps needed to build a movement that cannot
be stopped.

Join us in New York City on April 15, 2011 at 11:00 in Union Square Park.

Kevin Zeese is executive director of Voters for Peace.


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Occupying the World
The New Colonialism
By PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
CounterPunch
April 1 - 3, 2011

What we are observing in Libya is the rebirth of colonialism.  Only this
time it is not individual European governments competing for empires and
resources. The new colonialism operates under the cover of "the world
community," which means NATO and those countries that cooperate with it.
NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, was once a defense alliance
against a possible Soviet invasion of Western Europe. Today NATO provides
European troops in behalf of American hegemony.

Washington pursues world hegemony under the guises of selective
"humanitarian intervention" and "bringing freedom and democracy to
oppressed peoples". On an opportunistic basis, Washington targets
countries for intervention that are not its "international partners".
Caught off guard, perhaps, by popular revolts in Tunisia and Egypt, there
are some indications that Washington responded opportunistically and
encouraged the uprising in Libya. Khalifa Hifter, a suspected Libyan CIA
asset for the last 20 years, has gone back to Libya to head the rebel
army.

Gaddafi got himself targeted by standing up to Western imperialism. He
refused to be part of the US Africa Command.  Gaddafi saw Washington's
scheme for what it is, a colonialist's plan to divide and conquer.

The US Africa Command (AFRICOM) was created by order of President George
W. Bush in 2007. AFRICOM describes its objective:

"Our approach is based upon supporting U.S. national security interests in
Africa as articulated by the President and Secretaries of State and
Defense in the National Security Strategy and the National Military
Strategy. The United States and African nations have strong mutual
interests in promoting security and stability on the continent of Africa,
its island states, and maritime zones. Advancing these interests requires
a unified approach that integrates efforts with those of other U.S.
government departments and agencies, as well as our African and other
international partners".

Forty-nine countries participate in the US Africa Command, but not Libya,
Sudan, Eritrea, Zimbabwe, and Ivory Coast. There is Western military
intervention in these non-member countries except for Zimbabwe.

One traditional means by which the US influences and controls a country is
by training its military and government officers. The program is called
International Military and Education Training (IMET). AFRICOM reports that
"in 2009 approximately 900 military and civilian students from 44 African
countries received education and training in the United States or their
own countries. Many officers and enlisted IMET graduates go on to fill key
positions in their militaries and governments".


AFRICOM lists as a key strategic objective the defeat of the "Al-Qaeda
network". The US Trans Sahara Counter Terrorism Partnership (TSCTP) trains
and equips "partner nation forces" to preclude terrorists from
establishing sanctuaries and aims to "ultimately defeat violent extremist
organizations in the region".

Apparently, after ten years of "the war on terror" an omnipotent al-Qaeda
now ranges across Algeria, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco,
Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia in Africa, across the Middle East,
Afghanistan, Pakistan, the UK and is such a threat within the United
States itself as to require a $56 billion "Homeland Security" annual
budget.

The al-Qaeda threat has become Washington's best excuse for intervening in
the domestic affairs of other countries and for subverting American civil
liberties.

Sixty-six years after the end of World War II and 20 years after the
Collapse of the Soviet Union, the US still has an European Command, one of
nine military commands and six regional commands.

No other country feels a need for a world military presence.  Why does
Washington think that it is a good allocation of scarce resources to
devote $1.1 trillion annually to military and security "needs"?  Is this a
sign of Washington's paranoia?  Is it a sign that only Washington has
enemies?

Or is it an indication that Washington assigns the highest value to empire
and squanders taxpayers' monies and the country's credit-worthiness on
military footprints, while millions of Americans lose their homes and
their jobs?

Washington's expensive failures in Iraq and Afghanistan have not tempered
the imperial ambition.  Washington can continue to rely on the print and
TV media to cover up its failures and to hide its agendas, but expensive
failures will remain expensive failures.  Sooner or later Washington will
have to acknowledge that the pursuit of empire has bankrupted the country.

It is paradoxical that Washington and its European "partners" are seeking
to extend control over foreign lands abroad while immigration transforms
their cultures and ethnic compositions at home.  As Hispanics, Asians,
Africans, and Muslims of various ethnicities become a larger and larger
percentage of the populations of the "First World," support for the white
man's empire fades away.  Peoples desiring education and in need of food,
shelter, and medical care will be hostile to maintaining military outposts
in the countries of their origins.

Who exactly is occupying whom?

Parts of the US are reverting to Mexico. For example, demographer Steve
Murdock, a former director of the US Census Bureau, reports that
two-thirds of Texas children are Hispanics and concludes: "It's basically
over for Anglos".

Ironic, isn't it, while Washington and its NATO puppets are busy occupying
the world, they are being occupied by the world.

Paul Craig Roberts was an editor of the Wall Street Journal and an
Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury.  His latest book, HOW THE
ECONOMY WAS LOST, has just been published by CounterPunch/AK Press. He can
be reached at: PaulCraigRoberts [at] yahoo.com


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