|Progressive Calendar 04.09.11||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Sat, 9 Apr 2011 01:52:17 -0700 (PDT)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 04.09.11 1. Sustain community 4.09 8:30am 2. Islam/nonviolence 4.09 9:30am 3. Killer drones 4.09 10am 4. Palestine 4.09 1pm 5. CUAPB 4.09 1:30pm 6. Northtown vigil 4.09 2pm 7. Save our schools 4.09 2pm 8. Bradley Manning 4.09 2pm 9. ArabAm theater 4.09 7:30pm 10. Atheist radio 4.10 9am 11. Coke busts unions 4.10 12:30pm 12. Stillwater vigil 4.10 1pm 13. Paul Harris - The Koch brothers: all the influence money can buy --------1 of 13-------- From: Alliance for Sustainability <sean [at] afors.org> Subject: Sustain community 4.09 8:30am 6th Annual Sustainable Communities Conference - Saturday April 9, 2011 Central Lutheran Church, 333 12th Street S. Mpls 55404, 8:30am to 4:30pm www.afors.org/2011Conference Please join us and bring your friends! Get inspired and find fun spring and summer project ideas! Join 400+ volunteers from Twin Cities neighborhoods, community gardens, congregations, schools and transition towns. Meet your neighbors over lunch ($5 Chow Girls.) After lunch find ways to help meet OUR city and county sustainability goals, and enjoy a Community Sing! www.afors.org/2011Conference Free Event 9am Keynotes! Rob Hopkins, Author of the Transition Handbook and member of Transition Totnes, U.K. - Creating Resilient Communities. Krista Leraas, Harvest Moon Backyard Farmers - Meeting our Fundamental Human Needs the work of Manfred Max Neef. Lea Gardner Invest in MN Campaign - Take Action to protect our MN priorities! Music by Brett Hesla & Mary Preus, MN Community Sings Lunch $5 Chow Girls Kids Activities Project Workshops 10am Project Workshops - Community Efficiency & Solar - Bike/walk & transit organizing - Neighborhoods of Rain Gardens - Starting a Community Garden - Transition Towns 101 - Recycling & composting outreach - Using song, dance, & murals - Awakening the Dreamer - Eco-psychology the Inner Work of Transtion - Collaborating for Whole Systems Change 11:30 Outreach Skill Building - Transition Towns Networking - Local Food Resource Hubs - Neighborhood Environment grps - Congregational Green Teams - Youth Climate Activism - YEA!MN - Back Yard Inventors & Engineers - City Environmental Commissions - State & Federal Policy Advocacy - Greening Your Business - Community Artists Meet Your Neighbors! 12:30 - Have Lunch with Your Neighbors ($5 Chow Girls) meet for lunch with others from your community to share your project ideas and plan next steps. 1:30 - Working together to meet OUR city/county sustainability goals. Find practical ways neighbors can work together to meet them. City Council Members and city & county staff want to hear your ideas! - Energy Conservation/ Solar - Recycling/ Organics/ Zero waste - Biking /Walking, Transit Access - Local Food & Gardening - Water Quality/ Urban Forestry - Growing a Green Economy - Safe and Affordable Housing - Environmental Health & Justice - Block Clubs/ Neighborhoods/ Safety 3pm Networking & Resource Tables 3:30pm - Community Sing with Brett Hesla & Mary Preus 3:30pm Workshops - Green Career Networking Green Career Tracks, Relating from We Vonda Vaden & Yogiraj Achala, Overstuffed: How to enjoy more, spend less, and be kinder to the planet. Nicole Lynsky Psycology of Sustainable Behavior Change - Dr. Christie Manning 8pm - After the conference get a discount for Larry Long's Don't Stand Still CD release concert - Saturday April 9, 8:00pm at the Loring Theater 1407 Nicollet Ave S Mpls, MN 55403 www.larrylong.org a benefit for Community Celebration of Place.www.communitycelebration.org --------2 of 13-------- From: Rowley Clan <rowleyclan [at] earthlink.net> Subject: Islam/nonviolence 4.09 9:30am Friends for a Non-Violent World would like to invite you to a timely and exciting conference: Ways of Peace II: Nonviolence in the Islamic Traditions, on April 9, 2011, 9:30am - 6:30pm at the University of St Thomas, OEC Auditorium. The current demonstrations in the Middle East point to an exciting trend: People in Muslim-majority countries peacefully seeking less-oppressive societies. As Afra Jalabi, Canadian scholar, activist and conference speaker, said of the demonstrations, "A nonviolent giant is waking up the world over..." We have lined up a diverse group of experts from Minnesota, Turkey, Canada and the U.S. The conference will mark the regional premier of Badshah Khan: The Frontier Gandhi, a new film about this little-known Islamic leader, who assembled 100,000 Muslims in pre-partition India to work in the nonviolent movement for independence from Britain. Speakers include: Congressman Keith Ellison Mel Duncan Afra Jalabi Yahya M. Michot Adil Ozdemir Dr. Fatma Reda Kathleen McKay Abdisalam Adam T.C. (Teri) McLuhan The conference is being offered jointly by FNVW, the Muslim Christian Dialogue Center (MCDC) at University of St. Thomas, and its Justice and Peace Studies Department. Admission is $15, $10 students. More information and registration is available on line at www.fnvw.org, or by calling the office at 651/917-0383. --------3 of 13-------- From: Women Against Military Madness <wamm [at] mtn.org> Subject: Killer drones 4.09 10am Video Presentation: "Silent Screams: The Drones Can't Hear the Groans of People Dying on the Ground...Do We?" Saturday, April 9, 10:00 a.m. to Noon Van Cleve Community Center, 905 15th Avenue Southeast, Minneapolis. Spotlighting the destructive costs of U.S. wars, this documentary ties together the plight of defenseless civilian victims abroad with the hardship of millions in America whose vital needs go unmet as a result of increased military spending. Produced and directed by Central Iowa peace activist Karla Hanson. Free and open to the public. Everyone welcome! Coffee and refreshments provided. Sponsored by: Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). FFI: Call 651-645-6992. --------4 of 13-------- From: Jordan Ash <jordanash79 [at] GMAIL.COM> Subject: Palestine 4.09 1pm THE FIGHT FOR EDUCATION Jewish Voice For Peace - US Tour Saturday,April 9, 1 PM Macalester College Art Building, Room 113 Palestinian students and teachers face unlawful detention, armed harassment, curfews, checkpoints, closed schools, dorm raids, the apartheid wall, apartheid roads, illegal arrest, and bombed schools and universities. So why is TIAA-CREF - which is the world's premier retirement fund for educators and claims to offer "financial services for the greater good -- invested in companies that create these barriers? This spring, Jewish Voice for Peace is proud to bring a young Palestinian activist from the West Bank to share with us the challenges facing students and youth who live under Israel's military occupation, and their inspiring struggle to hold companies like TIAA-CREF accountable for the impact of their investments in the Occupation. About the Speaker Born in Jerusalem to a refugee family originally from the 1948 city of Al Lod, Mira Dabit has been a political and youth worker, as well as a folkloric storyteller for many years. After graduating from Birzeit University she went to Ireland, north and south, where she worked with community initiatives for three years. Now, Mira has returned to Palestine to continue her work and activism with the Right to Education campaign at Birzeit University, with theater projects for youth and with other initiatives that strive to make marginalized voices heard. For more information go to www.WeDivest.org <http://www.wedivest.org/> or email MinnesotaJewishVoiceforPeace.org <Minnesota [at] JewishVoiceforPeace.org> --------5 of 13-------- From: Michelle Gross <mgresist [at] visi.com> Subject: CUAPB 4.09 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) --------6 of 13-------- From: Vanka485 [at] aol.com Subject: Northtown vigil 4.09 2pm Peace vigil at Northtown (Old Hwy 10 & University Av), every Saturday 2-3pm --------7 of 13-------- From: Women Against Military Madness <wamm [at] mtn.org> Subject: Save our schools 4.09 2pm Stand Up for Public Education: Testimonials from the Struggle to Save Our Schools Saturday, April 9, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation Building, 312 Central Avenue Northeast, Minneapolis. The keynote speaker for this spring's PEJAM forum will be Karen Lewis, recently elected President of the Chicago Teachers Union and a member of Caucus of Rank and File Educators. In her election acceptance speech last June, Ms Lewis declared, "Today marks the beginning of the end of scapegoating educators for all the social ills that our children, families and schools struggle against every day. Today marks the beginning of a fight for true transparency in our educational policy - how to accurately measure learning and teaching, how to truly improve our schools, and how to evaluate the wisdom behind our spending priorities." This event is part of PEJAM's ongoing efforts to defend public education and the unions that empower our teachers and families. Additional speakers will discuss the current efforts to counter the national and local attacks on our schools, our teachers, and our communities. Topics covered will include the ongoing struggle to keep North High School alive, the closing of Cityview, school changes in St. Paul and reports from Wisconsin teachers, whose collective bargaining rights are under attack by their governor. Sponsored by: The Public Education Justice Alliance of Minnesota (PEJAM). --------8 of 13-------- From: Facebook <notification+kr4ma254ennx [at] facebookmail.com> Subject: Bradley Manning 4.09 2pm Event: Minneapolis Sign-Making Contest for Bradley Manning! Start Time: Saturday, April 9 at 2:00pm End Time: Saturday, April 9 at 3:30pm Location: Minneapolis Public Library Central Library Thanks, The Facebook Team To see more details, follow the link below: http://www.facebook.com/n/?event.php&eid=200932416603833&mid=4047620G5af33cc48ac6G827ebbG7&bcode=eC9jAHFr&n_m=shove001%40tc.umn.edu --------9 of 13-------- From: Mizna <mizna [at] mizna.org> Subject: ArabAm theater 4.09 7:30pm April 9-May 1: Arab American Theater at Pangea Mizna is pleased to cosponsor with Pangea World Theater a reading of Kathryn Haddad's forthcoming play as well as a poetry-based multi-media performance and eleven days of related events. Zafira (Warrior Princess of the World) Written by Kathryn Haddad, directed by Dipankar Mukherjee. It is the not-so-distant future and suicide bombers have hit simultaneous cities across the United States. Arab and Muslim Americans are official enemies of the state and have been ordered into internment camps. Zafira (Warrior Princess of the World) tells the story of one Arab American womanʼs experience leading up to, during, and after her internment. April 9 & 14, 2011, 7:30 p.m. $5 · Buy tickets now [http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?llr=w7zk9dfab&et=1105053608990&s=659&e=001bHj4Bcmxxqox9enhxXkxILOPdJb-soLQar8TqfXP6c3Fq5axNWFY7H6H1UmoJYl--xUi6oMMo-AwtRn9s5wFvHKUmoSHnc3GIYr9EYW0k1PJ0e2Jsb5P4fyUqDRBHVEmDDRj7f1TcHQwONsOb21bHg==] At Pangea World Theater · 711 West Lake Street, Minneapolis, 55408 Eleven Reflections on September Written, directed, and performed by Andrea Assaf. A poetry-based, multi-media performance on the Arab American experience, Wars on/of Terror, and "the constant, quiet rain of death amidst beauty" that each autumn brings in a post-9/11 world, this full-length theater production is based on the series of poems Andrea Assaf has been writing since 2001, spanning the fall of the towers, the on-going wars, and the current revolutions sweeping through the Arab world. This multi-disciplinary project includes performances with interactive media design and live music, nightly community dialogues, a visual arts exhibit, open mic nights, panels, and opportunities for action. Assaf is collaborating with Minneapolis-based media designer and artistic director of Aniccha Arts, Pramila Vasudevan, and other guest artists to create a holistic, interactive design. The musicians Salah Fattah, Tim O'Keefe, and Aida Shahghasemi will add a rich, non-verbal dimension to the experience of the poetry. --------10 of 13-------- From: Minnesota Atheists <web [at] mnatheists.org> Subject: Atheist radio 4.10 9am Sunday, April 10, 9:00am-10:00am Atheists Talk Radio AM 950 KTNF in the Twin Cities or stream live at http://www.am950ktnf.com. Guest: Martin Rundkvist, Swedish atheist archaeologist. Mike Haubrich (http://quichemoraine.com/category/mikehaubrich) hosts. Contact us during the show with questions or comments at (952) 946-6205 or radio [at] mnatheists.org. --------11 of 13-------- [Things go badder with Coke -ed] From: Women Against Military Madness <wamm [at] mtn.org> Subject: Coke busts unions 4.10 12:30pm Film Screening: "The Coca-Cola Case" Sunday, April 10, 12:30 p.m. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2730 East 31st Street, Minneapolis. This film highlights the reality of union busting at Coca-Cola bottling plants overseas. "The Coca-Cola Case" is an in-depth look at the secret world of a powerful multi-national corporation and a harsh reminder of the importance of knowing more about the products you consume or support. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by: the Holy Trinity Peace with Justice Committee. --------12 of 13-------- From: scot b <earthmannow [at] comcast.net> Subject: Stillwater vigil 4.10 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 --------13 of 13-------- [Things go badder with Kochs -ed] The Koch Brothers: All the Influence Money Can Buy by Paul Harris Published on Friday, April 8, 2011 by The Guardian/UK Not just liberals but conservatives should be deeply worried by a revelatory investigation of the libertarian billionaires' lobbying The idea that Charles and David Koch are liberal btes noires is not new. Over the past year, the elderly brothers, head of the vast Koch Industries business empire, have occupied top spot in the demonology of the left. Across a range of activities - from the birth of the Tea Party to undermining unions in Wisconsin, to opposing efforts to curb global warming - they have been believed by many Democrats to be forever lurking behind the headlines. Now, a brilliant piece of investigative reporting by the Washington-based watchdog Centre for Public Integrity has detailed the Kochs' vast political and lobbying operations. It makes sobering and deeply disturbing reading. After all, it is one thing to believe that out there somewhere the devil exists, but reading the CPI report feels a little like being given his phone number. The sums of money spent in furthering Koch (pronounced like the drink coke, no matter how tempting it is to rhyme it with rock) interests and power are staggering. But what is most disturbing is how rapidly they are growing. In 2004, the CPI found, the Kochs spent a "mere" $857,000 on lobbying. In 2008, that had grown to $20m dollars. Over the next two years, they then spent a further $20.5m. The causes are varied but self-centred around the vital interests of Koch Industries such as oil, energy, chemicals and financial products. Employing no less than 30 lobbyists in Washington, Koch Industries has lobbied to change more than 100 pieces of federal legislation. They included trying to loosen regulations on potentially poisonous substances like dioxins, benzene and asbestos. They have pushed back against restrictions on carbon emissions and funded thinktanks and groups that promote efforts to discredit climate change science. They tried to soften attempts at financial reform where the Kochs operate in the derivatives market. Wherever a law touched on a Koch corporate interests, there were the company's lobbyists trying to gut, deaden or defeat any attempt at regulation. The Kochs defenders argue that none of this should be surprising. The Kochs are fiercely political libertarians and thus believe much of government is wrong and that companies should be freed from the shackles of regulation. They openly fund libertarian organisations and, surely, have every right to promote their political ideology in any (legal) way they can. Just as every other American does. That is true. Or at least it would be if the Kochs' activities were consistent with their proclaimed ideology. But the genius of the CPI's work is exposing that it is not. The Kochs (who, remember, oppose government intervention as anti-capitalist) should have nothing to do with the heavily subsidised ethanol industry. Yet, in fact, the Kochs are responsible for buying and marketing about one tenth of all ethanol produced in the US, effectively cashing in on government largesse. Likewise, the Kochs have vociferously opposed a cap-and-trade system for carbon emissions in the US. Yet, in Europe, the Kochs make millions from trading in emissions credits. When fighting government regulation helps them maximise profits - even by putting the rest of us at risk from cancer-causing chemicals - they are all about libertarianism. Yet when government rules or subsidies provide an opportunity to make some money, that free-market ideology is quietly shelved. No wonder Koch lobbyists also fought for the recent tax breaks for the rich. For the Kochs (tied at 18th place in Forbes' latest rich list) are worth $22bn apiece. The brothers must have been laughing all the way to the bank when those tax breaks got passed. Reading the CPI report, it becomes clear that the Kochs are not really ideological at all: what really motivates them is simply cold, hard cash. So when it comes to worrying about the Kochs' influence on the political system in the US, conservatives should really be joining liberals in getting nervous. Guardian News and Media Limited 2011 Paul Harris is a US correspondent for the Guardian and Observer ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- - 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 Impeach Obama 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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