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|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2011 03:23:54 -0700 (PDT)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 04.28.11 1. Shoot First/Leg 4.28 10am 2. Eagan peace vigil 4.28 4:30pm 3. Northtown vigil 4.28 5pm 4. StP/historic 4.28 6pm 5. Save the frogs 4.29 9am 6. Pack the hearing 4.29 12noon 7. Palestine vigil 4.29 4:15pm 8. Workers 4.29 7pm 9. Ian/Paxton 4.29 8pm 10. Jesse Jackson - The takeover of Benton Harbor - time for an uprising 11. Glen Ford - MI's "emergency" financial regime: what fascism looks like --------1 of 11-------- From: Jim Ivey <james.ivey [at] gmail.com> Subject: Shoot First/Leg 4.28 10am The public hearing for HF 1467 ("Shoot First") is this Thursday April 28th at 10 am in Room 10 of the State Office Building. We showed up in force to protest HF 161, and now we need to be even stronger with this new challenge. Rep. Tony Cornish and his friends are trying to gut Minnesota's gun control laws, and it's important that we make a strong statement against this bill. Please consider joining us at the State Office Building on Thursday. You can read more about the bill in the enclosed PDF attachment, and you can send letters to your representatives using the following link: http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5610/c/237/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=6553 --------2 of 11-------- From: Greg and Sue Skog <family4peace [at] msn.com> Subject: Eagan peace vigil 4.28 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 11-------- From: EKalamboki [at] aol.com Subject: Northtown vigil 4.28 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 11-------- From: Carol Carey <cmcarey [at] earthlink.net> Subject: StP/historic 4.28 6pm What historic sites, people and events are important to the community? Your insights are needed to help complete research on historic resources in three neighborhoods: Frogtown, Payne-Phalen and Uppertown. Survey work is underway that will allow neighborhood residents and the city to better understand what buildings and sites should be considered for preservation and planning in the years ahead. How to Help Neighbors and others interested in the city's history are invited to share their ideas and comments by May 5. Attend a community meeting: Payne-Phalen: Thursday, April 28, 6:00-8:00 p.m. | Arlington Hills Lutheran Church, 115 Greenbrier Street Frogtown: Monday, May 2, 6:00-8:00 p.m. | West Minnehaha Rec. Center, 685 Minnehaha Ave. Uppertown: Wednesday, May 4, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. | Mississippi Market Co-op, 1500 West 7th Street Submit information online Visit www.historicsaintpaul.org/saintpaulsurveystory to share information, stories and photos. Researchers are especially interested in receiving public responses to the following questions: What neighborhood sites are important to you? What places have historic significance? Who are the important people in history who lived and/or worked in these communities? The Saint Paul Survey project is a partnership of Historic Saint Paul, the Saint Paul Heritage Preservation Commission and the Ramsey County Historical Society; it is made possible with funding provided by the State of Minnesota through the Minnesota Historical Society from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the City of Saint Paul. The research focuses on the history, visual character, defining features and historic resources of the neighborhoods, with the results to be used in planning and community development efforts. BACKGROUND The 2010 Saint Paul Survey project is the most ambitious survey work completed in Saint Paul in over 27 years. The last extensive survey of Saint Paul neighborhoods was completed in 1983. The areas chosen for the research overlap three of the City of Saint Paul's Invest Saint Paul neighborhoods. An immediate and tangible use for the information garnered through these renewed survey efforts will be to aid the City of Saint Paul, Heritage Preservation Commission, and community development organizations, with determinations related to the acquisition, rehabilitation and/or demolition of properties funded with $18 million from the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP), a federally funded program to combat the negative impacts of the foreclosure and vacant housing crisis facing many urban areas. you have questions or information to provide you may email ccarey [at] historicsaintpaul.org or call 651-222-3049. St. Paul Announcements now contains the following files or photos --------5 of 11-------- From: Kathy Ahlers <ahler002 [at] umn.edu> Subject: Save the frogs 4.29 9am Meet up to walk the park, hear the chorusing frogs, and discuss the petition to ban atrazine. Smooth one-mile paved path at Silverwood Park in St. Anthony Village (Northeast Minneapolis area) is accessible for wheelchairs, though some places are a bit steep. We'll meet at the park bench where the walking path crosses the road by the main park entrance road at 9 am (we'll wait until 9:15 to start), and walk the loop once (or twice) from there. Silverwood Park, 2500 County Road E West, St. Anthony, MN (About one- quarter mile west of Silver Lake Road on County Road E.) --------6 of 11-------- From: kim defranco <kimdefranco [at] yahoo.com> Subject: Pack the hearing 4.29 12noon UGH.... The Republicans aren't stopping their attacks. I am fowarding this for people who are interested. Please forward as you seeĀ fit. (forwarding onĀ behalf of Outfront MN) Here's the details of the hearing.... ugh they have 3 bills: Friday, April 29, 2011 Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety Chair: Sen. Warren Limmer 12 Noon Room 15 Capitol Supporters and opposition will each be given one hour to present testimony with the third hour reserved for discussion and final vote. Committee will break at 3:00 pm and return at 4:00 pm for other bills that will be added to the agenda. Agenda: S.F. 1307 Hann Constitutional amendment to recognize marriage as union between a man and a woman. S.F. 1308 Limmer Constitutional amendment to recognize marriage as union between a man and a woman. S.F. 1309 Gazelka Constitutional amendment to recognize marriage as union between a man and a woman. http://www.senate.leg.state.mn.us/ If you can't go, there's a petiton to sign. ----- Forwarded Message ---- From: OutFront Minnesota <news [at] outfront.org> Leading Minnesota Toward LGBT Equality Take Action: Pack the Hearing Friday, April 29 12:00pm Senate Judiciary Committee Minnesota State Capitol RSVP on Facebook Tuesday Minnesota Senate Republicans lead by Warren Limmer (R - Maple Grove) introduced a plan to place the constitutional rights of their fellow Minnesotans on the ballot in 2012. The proposed constitutional amendment - which would ban marriage for same-sex couples - will have its first hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee this Friday at noon. We need you to pack the hearing in opposition to this amendment. Our elected officials need to know that this amendment is wrong for Minnesota. There will be screens for everyone who cannot fit into the hearing room itself to watch the proceedings at the Capitol. OutFront Minnesota and our community partners are coordinating committee testimony in opposition to the amendment. We encourage those attending to bring letters (two copies: one for your senator and one for your representative) sharing your story and why you oppose the constitutional amendment. Photocopies of family photos and photocopies of marriage certificates make powerful additions to your letters for legislators. If you bring signs, please keep them supportive of fairness and equality and do not attach them to sticks because sticks are banned at the Capitol. Make your opposition known! Have you signed the petition against the amendment and called your Senator? Forward this email to your friends and share it on Facebook and Twitter using the buttons at the top of the page! 310 E 38th Street, #204 | Minneapolis, MN 55409-1337 US --------7 of 11-------- From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at] riseup.net> Subject: Palestine vigil 4.29 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 11-------- From: Meredith Aby <riot369 [at] gmail.com> Subject: Workers 4.29 7pm EVENT TO CELEBRATE MAY DAY: Standing Up In the Face of Repression! Friday, April 29 @ 7:00pm @ Walker Community Church @ 3104 16th Ave S, Mpls Join us for a forum celebrating and supporting workers standing up and fighting back against state repression and hear first hand stories of those standing up for justice! Speakers include: Jess Sundin, Dave Riehle, Mel Reeves, Jennie Eisert from the Anti-War Committee and leaders from groups fighting for justice in the Twin Cities. Children's program will include the youngsters making signs and banners for the upcoming May Day events on the coming Sunday. Snacks and Childcare Provided. Donations requested. This year is the 125th Anniversary of International Workers Day, or May Day, which began with the struggle of the Chicago working class in May of 1886. Workers there fought and died for the 8-hour work-day. This battle gave rise to the tradition of demonstrations, strikes and celebrations by working people around the globe on May 1st. From the Haymarket martyrs who gave their lives fighting for the eight hour workday and decent ...working conditions, to Martin Luther King Jr. who was assassinated while protesting with sanitation workers in Tennessee, to Malcolm X, the Black Panthers, and other revolutionary movements that faced harsh repression in the 1960s, and now to 23 subpoenaed anti-war and international solidarity activists; state repression has been used against people fighting for justice. HOSTED BY: Freedom Road Socialist Organization, frso.org --------9 of 11--------- From: Women Against Military Madness <wamm [at] mtn.org> Subject: Ian/Paxton 4.29 8pm Call to Action for Peace and Social Justice: Janis Ian and Tom Paxton Concert Friday, April 29, 8:00 p.m. The Fitzgerald Theatre, 10 East Exchange Street, St. Paul. Call to Action for Peace and Social Justice: Workers Rights, Women's Rights, Civil Rights, Union Rights, LGBT Rights, Health Care for All, Mental Health Parity. Grammy Hall Of Fame member and Grammy winner Janis Ian joins Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner Tom Paxton for a performance at the Fitzgerald Theatre. Joining Janis and Tom is Natalia Zukerman. "Call to Action Concert" will honor local organizations working for Peace and Social Justice. "Call to Action Concert" will honor local organizations working for Peace and Social Justice. Brigid McDonald, self described "Peaceniks, life time Peace and Social Justice activist, and Member of Sisters of St Joseph of Carondelet St Paul will host "War is Not the Answer Reception" in the lobby following performance. Tickets available in person at The Fitzgerald Box Office or by calling 651-290-1200. Sponsored by: KFAI, Fresh Air Radio. FFI: Call Arlana 612-408-6781. --------10 of 11-------- Time for an Uprising The Takeover of Benton Harbor By Rev. JESSE JACKSON April 27, 2011 CounterPunch Benton Harbor, Mich., is a town of nearly 11,000 people, about 90 percent of whom are African American. It is a catalogue of the misery of the industrial Midwest. It was the headquarters and manufacturing center of Whirlpool, but the last Whirlpool plant closed years ago. Now Benton Harbor has a per capita income of about $10,000 a year. And it is plagued by the ills that accompany poverty in today's America: high unemployment, broke government, failing schools, crime, drugs and despair. Everything has been stripped from Benton Harbor's residents. The industrial jobs that used to provide a ladder into the middle class have been shipped abroad. The call center jobs that replaced them employ few at a poverty wage. The failing tax base means that public services are starved. The schools struggle to educate children from mean streets; these children are often hungry and without adequate health care or stable homes. The good teachers flee; the schools fail or are taken over, a shuffle that substitutes motion for real action on poverty. But Benton Harbor may become to economic justice what the small town of Selma was to civil rights. For in Benton Harbor, the powers that be now are wreaking the final indignities on the town's beleaguered residents - stripping them not only of their schools, but of their democracy, taking away not only their jobs, but their public parks. Benton Harbor's finances are a mess. How could they not be in a town stripped of jobs and hope? So, the state has stripped its residents of their democracy. In what is accurately termed "fiscal martial law," the state has named a czar to run the city. That appointee, Joseph Harris, has issued an order essentially stripping the elected city council of all powers. No money can be spent, no taxes raised or lowered, no bonds issued, no regulations changed without his approval. Benton Harbor's residents now live in a dictatorship imposed by a Republican governor famous for his belief that the poor should be punished and the rich rewarded. This appointed dictator claims breathtaking powers. He can sell public assets, dismiss pension boards and take control of public pension funds and revoke labor contracts. What triggers this takeover? The law is remarkably vague. The governor may act if a payroll is missed, if there are complaints of late bill payment, if pensions are underfunded, if there is a significant budget deficit, a term that goes undefined. This takeover is a recipe for the worst abuses of oppression, cronyism and corruption. And here, too, Benton Harbor is the example. One of the few citizen treasures in Benton Harbor is the Jean Klock Park, a half-mile of sandy dunes on the edge of Lake Michigan. It was bequeathed to the children of Benton Harbor by the Klock family in 1917 in memory of their daughter. But developers backed by Whirlpool now want to appropriate a large portion of the park to turn it into a Harbor Shores golf resort with a 350-room hotel, two marinas, a 60,000-foot indoor water park (for members only), and a fancy golf course open to all who can afford a $5,000 entry fee and be approved by the club. The town's citizens have resisted this development, which is under litigation. But the new czar's first act was to take over the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, most likely as a way to proceed with the development and sidestep the lawsuits. Why be suspicious? Because the law that the new czar is operating under was introduced by Republican state Rep. Al Pscholka, former staff aide to U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, an heir to the Whirlpool fortune. They've shut down the jobs, and taken over the schools. Now they want to shut down the democracy and turn the public parks into a rich man's playground. But in Benton Harbor, as in Selma and Montgomery, they forget even the poorest people have a sense of dignity. Dr. King wrote, "the ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people." In Benton Harbor, it is time for the good people to make themselves heard. --------11 of 11-------- Michigan's "Emergency" Financial Regime: What Fascism Looks Like by Glen Ford Wednesday, April 27, 2011 A Black Agenda Radio commentary Fascism is not all about jack-boots and guys with mustaches. It is a system of economic and social control. The particularities of fascism in any given nation grow out of the special dynamics of that country. Fascism in the United States will be blow-dried. And its legal and bureaucratic form will take shape in places like Michigan, where an innocuous sounding piece of legislation called the Local Government and School District Fiscal Accountability Act is the prototype for a host of laws designed to make government - the state - a compliant tool for the dictatorial rule of the most predatory sections of the ruling class. In 2011 America, that's Wall Street, finance capital. Michigan's law allows the state to appoint emergency managers to nullify contracts, including labor agreements - which is what has unions upset. But the scope and intention of the law is much deeper and wider than simply anti-union. The legislation allows emergency managers to nullify the powers and authority of local governments of all kinds. One of its supporters gave the game away when he spoke of the need to impose a kind of "financial martial law" in which all pretense of democracy would be abolished in targeted communities. The community the Republican politician had in mind was Detroit, the Black metropolis, where the public schools were promptly put under emergency state control. But there is nothing to stop the state from abolishing democratic governance in any of Michigan's cities, if an emergency can be declared or created. On April 15, the mostly Black city of Benton Harbor, the poorest jurisdiction in the state, was placed under total financial martial law, its citizens suddenly made more powerless than Blacks in Selma, Alabama, prior to the civil rights movement. Fascism always requires an "emergency," a "crisis," to justify the surrender of whatever citizen liberties previously existed. Its mass organizing principle revolves the "Other" - the scapegoating of a hated group that can be blamed for the emergency. Historically, in the United States, that "Other" has been Black people - although other "Others" have been added to the list. The U.S. has always been fertile ground for fascist politicking - in fact, I have long maintained that White Terror under southern Jim Crow was a peculiar form of American fascism. Fascism is also associated with militarism and the national security state, which are certainly famiiar aspects of modern Americana. More importantly, the militarization of the inner cities has been an established fact since the mid-1960s. The proof is in the one million African Americans behind bars. The "crisis" that justifies the outright abolition of democracy - beginning, of course, in Black America - is the crisis afflicting finance capitalism. Wall Street then imposes instant emergencies on the larger society by starving cities and schools and the public sector in general, in order to strip down, privatize and commodify every asset in sight. Michigan's fascist model will doubtless be duplicated across the nation, as Wall Street moves to rule directly, through its emergency managers, by one name or another. The permanent emergency has begun. [Meanwhile lesser-evil liberals will do nothing from now until the 2012 election, then vote for Obama, who will continue his sell-out to the corporate fascists. This do-nothingism will give the corpofascists another unrestricted two or more years to secure vast tracts of evil. But god forbid a lesser-evil liberal should ever *fight* (ooh what a rough word!) for anything. Better to be stripped, chained, enserfed, perhaps bulldozed into a mass grave... -ed] 2011 Black Agenda Report Back Agenda Report executive editor Glen Ford can be contacted at Glen.Ford [at] BlackAgendaReport.com. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ - 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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