|Progressive Calendar 06.11.11||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Sat, 11 Jun 2011 11:55:15 -0700 (PDT)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 06.11.11 1. WAMM benefit 6.11 1pm 2. CUAPB 6.11 1:30pm 3. Northtown vigil 6.11 2pm 4. Tornado aid 6.11 5. Chris Hedges 6.11 9pm 6. Crazy preachers 6.12 9am 7. Stillwater vigil 6.12 1pm 8. N tornado bene 6.12 5pm 9. Mark Weisbrot - Game change in Peru? Humala's big win --------1 of 9-------- From: Women Against Military Madness <wamm [at] mtn.org> Subject: WAMM benefit 6.11 1pm Bon Voyage Open House for Anne and David Winkler-Morey Saturday, June 11, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. 4504 Oakland Avenue South, Minneapolis. All WAMM members are invited to the Bon Voyage open house for Anne and David Winkler-Morey who will leave on a 417 day bike trip on June 18. They are trying to raise $5,000 for WAMM! At the open house you can eat and socialize, see where they will be going on a large map, suggest places for them to go, people to meet, etc, and give a WAMM donation in their honor. $15.00 is 1/10 of one penny a mile pledge! $150.00 is a penny a mile. $4.17 is a penny a day, $417.00 a dollar a day. No donation is too small or too big. FFI: Visit https://sites.google.com/site/pedalstory/home. --------2 of 9------- From: Michelle Gross <mgresist [at] visi.com> Subject: CUAPB 6.11 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) --------3 of 9-------- From: Vanka485 [at] aol.com Subject: Northtown vigil 6.11 2pm Peace vigil at Northtown (Old Hwy 10 & University Av), every Saturday 2-3pm --------4 of 9-------- From: Annie Young <anniey [at] visi.com> Subject: Tornado aid 6.11 SUPER SATURDAY Saturday 6:00am at The Base, Minneapolis, MN Mpls tornado and the residents of N. Minneapolis, the Twin Cities, greater Minnesota, and friends present SUPER SA...TURDAY. A 1 day mega donation drive to support North Minneapolis residents who were caught up in the May 22nd Tornado disaster Saturday June 11th. 6am to 6pm 2818 Washington Ave N. Minneapolis, MN 55411 ( off I-94 front road btw 28th and 29th ave). Google directions SPECIFIED DONATION ITEMS - Non Perishable foods ( Pref canned foods) - Hygiene Products - Gift Cards - Water - Pet food DO NOT BRING Clothes, toys, hardware, furnitute, and appliances. These will be collected at a later date Come one, come all. Calling on residents of the greater Minnesota to come through for our North Minneapolis brothers, sisters, and children. Our kind hearts are second to none. The 'Base' is conveniently located off I-94 and Broadway, then up the I-94 front road west bound until 2818 ( btw 28th and 29th avenuess). Tell your neighbors, fellow college students.U of M, Hamline, Macalester, St Cloud State, Winona, Mankato, Bemidji, Duluth, St Olaf, e.t.c...we need all of you to come through and support. Even 1 can of food is better than none. Help us make this one of the biggest if not the biggest 1 day relief donation drive. You have all week to collect items, then drive through on Saturday. If possible too, reach out to your companies.work, local supermarkets, grocery stores, businesses, e.t.c..we need everyone to contribute The proceeds of this drive will go to your local first responders within 24-48hrs hence INSTANT IMPACT of your donation. For questions, email mplstornado [at] gmail.com http://facebook.com/mplstornad <http://facebook.com/mplstornado> o --------5 of 9-------- From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at] riseup.net> Subject: Chris Hedges 6.11 9pm "The Death of the Liberal Class (Part 2)" Chris Hedges, former NYTimes and Pulitzer Prize winning writer, on one of the deepest cultural phenomena of our day: the failure of liberal institutions such as the press, universities, churches and the Democratic Party. Part 2 includes Hedges' responses to audience questions plus a little vintage David Rovics folk music. (filmed April 20) MTN 17 viewers: "Our World In Depth" cablecasts on Minneapolis Television Network (MTN) Channel 17 on Saturdays at 9pm and Tuesdays at 8am, after DemocracyNow! Households with basic cable may watch. 6/11, 9pm and Tues, 6/14 , 8am --------6 of 9-------- From: Minnesota Atheists <web [at] mnatheists.org> Subject: Crazy preachers 6.12 9am Sunday, June 12, 9:00am-10:00am Atheists Talk Radio AM 950 KTNF in the Twin Cities or stream live at http://www.am950ktnf.com. Guest: Ed Brayton, 'Look at All the Crazy Preachers," Mike Haubrich Interview, Scott Lohman, Host (http://quichemoraine.com/category/mikehaubrich) hosts. Contact us during the show with questions or comments at (952) 946-6205 or radio [at] mnatheists.org. --------7 of 9-------- From: scot b <earthmannow [at] comcast.net> Subject: Stillwater vigil 6.12 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 --------8 of 9-------- From: Arlana Vaughan <avaspecial [at] avaspecial.com> Subject: N tornado bene 6.12 5pm Concert Sunday June 12th 5 pm Northside Relief Benefit Fund Donations to the Northside Relief Benefit Fund and and proceeds from the Northside Relief Benefit Concert will go directly to support the Northside community in their rebuilding efforts. Your charitable dollars will go directly to nonprofit organizations whose missions are to provide: shelter, food, medical services, counseling, child care, utility assistance, youth mentoring and employment opportunities to the residents of North Minneapolis. Ticket Information: Tickets available at the State Theatre Box Office, by phone at 800.982.2787, and online atHennepinTheatreTrust.org & Ticketmaster.com Please visit www.northsidebenefit.org for more information. Arlana Vaughan AVA Special Events Membership 1011 Lincoln Ave -St Paul, Mn 55105 612-408-6781 --------9 of 9-------- [As North America gets worse, South America gets better. Spanish, anyone? -ed] Game Change in Peru? Humala's Big Win By MARK WEISBROT June 7, 2011 CounterPunch The victory of left-populist candidate Ollanta Humala in Peru's election is a "big f*ng deal," as Vice President Joe Biden famously whispered to Obama on national TV in another context. With respect to U.S. influence in the hemisphere, this knocks out one of only two allies that Washington could count on, leaving only the right-wing government of Chile. Now Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Uruguay and Peru have left governments that are more independent of the United States than Europe is. And Colombia under Manuel Santos is now siding with these governments more than with the United States. This means that regional political and economic integration will proceed more smoothly; although it is still a long-term project. On July 5, for example, heads of state from the whole hemisphere will meet in Caracas, Venezuela, to proceed with the formation of CELAC, (Community of Latin American and Caribbean States). This is a regional organization that includes all countries except the United States and Canada, and which - no matter what anyone says for diplomatic purposes - is intended to displace the Organization of American States (OAS). The new organization is a response to the abuse of the OAS by the United States (which controls most of the bureaucracy) for anti-democratic purposes, most recently in the cases of Honduras and Haiti. These institutional changes, including the vastly expanded role of UNASUR (the Union of South American Nations), are changing the norms and customs of diplomatic relations in the hemisphere. The Obama Administration, which has continued the policies of "containment" and "rollback" of its predecessor, has been slow to accept the new reality. As a result, it does not have ambassadors in Bolivia, Venezuela and Ecuador. The election is also important for Peru, for a number of reasons. As conservative Peruvian Nobel literature laureate and politician Mario Vargas Llosa said, Humala's win "saved democracy." Former president Alejandro Toledo said, "The people have won, democracy has won, the memory of the people won. The people have opted for economic growth with social inclusion." Indeed it would have sent a terrible message to Peruvians and the world if the daughter of someone who is in jail for multiple political murders were elected president. Although she made some efforts to distance herself from his crimes, she was still running on his name and legacy, and with the help of his advisers. The election is interesting for other reasons. First, it is another example of the voters going against the vast majority of the country's rich and elite, including the most influential of that group - the major media. Leftists may criticize Humala for some of the promises that he made (e.g., no nationalizations) in order to get the support of some political actors. But it remains clear that he was not the candidate of Peru's rich and powerful. This is one of the great and nearly unprecedented things about democracy in South America that has happened repeatedly in recent years - that those who control most of the income, wealth, and means of communication in a country can be defeated in an election. We are still a long way from any such result in our own presidential elections in the United States. It is also interesting that Peru's traditional elite were defeated - in both the first and second rounds of the election - despite record economic growth over the last decade. GDP growth has averaged 5.7 percent annually since 2000, about the highest in the region. To give credit where credit is due, these governments (Alejandro Toledo's and Alan Garca's) got their most important macroeconomic policies - fiscal, monetary, and exchange rate - basically right, which has not been the norm in the neoliberal era. They also responded to the world recession with counter-cyclical policies and minimized the economic damage. As would be expected from the economy's rate of growth, there were some improvements in peoples' lives, including many poor people: The official poverty rate declined from 55 percent in 2001 to 35 percent in 2009. Life expectancy rose 70.5 to 73.5 and infant mortality fell from 35.1 to 19.4 per thousand (from 2000-2009). But by 2009, Peru still had 62 percent of its population living on less than three dollars a day, and the percentage is certainly about the same today - Peru is a majority-poor country. With vast regional, urban-rural, ethnic, and overall income and wealth disparities - the poverty rate is 60 percent in rural, versus 21 percent in urban, areas - most people understandably felt cheated. Most importantly, the governments of Garca and Toledo didn't deliver on the kinds of big initiatives that the left governments in the region delivered. Bolivia lowered the retirement age from 65 to 58 and greatly expanded the public pension system, nationalized its hydrocarbons industry, and increased social spending. Ecuador expanded social spending, especially on health care. Venezuela provided free health care to its citizens and tripled real social spending per capita, greatly expanding education, including free university education. Brazil had a 60 percent real increase in the minimum wage (in Lula's eight years) and some modest increases in anti-poverty spending. Peru's last two governments did not do these kinds of things. The lesson is clear: those political parties and governments that want to make sure they are re-elected have to promise and deliver real economic and social change. South America's left governments of the past have helped to make this a part of the democratic process, and this influence is likely to affect the region for many years to come. Mark Weisbrot is an economist and co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research. He is co-author, with Dean Baker, of Social Security: the Phony Crisis. This column was originally published by The Guardian. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ - 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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