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|From: David Shove (shove001umn.edu)|
|Date: Mon, 12 Dec 2011 02:06:14 -0800 (PST)|
* P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 12.12.11* 1. Homeless 12.12 9am 2. Divest Israel 12.12 12noon 3. Atheistt happy hour 12.12 5pm 4. GP 3CD meeting 12.12 7pm 5. Mn9/11 social 12.13 6pm 6. Money party 12.13 7pm 7. Fight vs Xcel 12.13 evening 8. Dave Bicking - Occupy report --------1 of 8-------- Homeless 12.12 9am TruthToTell, Mon., Dec 12 @9AM: HOUSING, HOMELESSNESS AND AFFORDABILITY: Living Dichotomy-KFAI FM 90.3/106.7/KFAI.org Has it struck anyone else that heading into the dead of winter, we have record numbers of people who remain homeless, with more coming from a record number of foreclosures plaguing a housing market with depleted values while creating thousands of vacant properties, putting people with mortgages underwater? And still we fight for affordable housing. Do these facts simply not make sense? All kinds of agencies around the cities are set up to create and operate affordable housing complexes, but where are the banks and other financial outfits and why aren’t they helping to stop this bleeding of people into Twin Cities’ and other cities’ streets and shelters while the banks deal with vacant homes and apartment complexes from which their policies have drive so many owners and renters? We’ll talk about where we stand with affordable housing facilities and public policies that seem at a loss to do much about this conundrum and where the affordable housing of tomorrow should come from and where it should be built. TTT’s ANDY DRISCOLL and Guest Co-Host LENNIE CHISM ask our guests just how we resolve these issues, if at all. GUESTS: EDWARD G. GOETZ – Director of CURA (Center for Urban and Regional Affairs); faculty member at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs; Director the CURA Housing Forum and co-director, the University Metropolitan Consortium; Author, Clearing the Way: Deconcentrating the Poor in Urban America GINA CIGANIK – Vice President, Housing Development, AEON (formerly Central Community Housing Trust) ANDRIANA ABARIOTES – Executive Director, LISC (Twin Cities Local Initiatives Support Corporation) BOB BOYD – Director of Policy and Special Initiatives, Minneapolis Public Housing Authority --------2 of 8-------- Divest Israel 12.12 12noon Rally: “Divest from Israel Bonds” Monday, December 12, Noon Minnesota State Capitol, Rotunda, 75 Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, St. Paul. Join others as they raise their voices to tell the Minnesota State Board of Investment (SBI): “Stop funding Israeli occupation and apartheid: Divest from Israel Bonds NOW!” Speakers will include co-plaintiffs from the Minnesota Break the Bonds Coalition (MN BBC) lawsuit against the SBI. Please note that signs on sticks are not permitted in the capitol building. Last Tuesday, November 29, 2011, MN BBC served a lawsuit on the SBI seeking an order from the court directing the SBI to immediately divest from Israel Bonds and to refrain from purchasing more. This rally is an opportunity to show the SBI that there is strong public support for them to do the right thing and divest, which is why you're presence is so important! Organized by: MN BBC.FFI: Visit mn.breakthebonds.org, email mn [at] breakthebonds.org or call 616-745-6810. --------3 of 8-------- Atheist happy hour 12.12 5pm Atheists for Human Rights Happy Hour Monday December 12, 5:00pm-6:30pm Ol’ Mexico restaurant, on Lexington Ave., two blocks north of Larpenteur, Roseville, MN. This event takes place every Monday. Tables on terrace level by fireplace. Call Paul Craven at 763-788-8918 --------4 of x-------- From: "Allan Hancock" <3rdcdgreenparty [at] gmail.com> Subject: GP 3CD meeting 12.12 7pm 3rd Congressional District Green Party Local Meeting 7 PM Monday Southdale Library in the Public Conference Rm,. 7001 York Ave. S. Edina, 55435. Agenda: Agenda: How to run for a public office, preparing for 2012 caucuses. Any questions or need a ride please contact: Allan Hancock, Chair 3rd Congressional District Green Party (763)-561-9758 or 3rdCDGreenParty [at] gmail.com --------5 of x-------- Mn9/11 social 12.13 6pm Rondo Community Library, Tuesday, 12/13/11, 6 pm to 8:30 pm., a social event We have scheduled the use of the Rondo Community Library meeting room, so put the date on your calendar and show up for chats, a few short videos, and some light food. Margaret E and I will pick up food and ask for a small donation rather than ask you to bring food. This is a chance to share ideas, talk about the latest news regarding 9/11 and what people around the world are doing to expose the cover-up of the events of 9/11/2001. Bring your ideas for how you think we can spread the word, open eyes and ears, and bring about a new investigation. Rondo Community Library is on the Southwest corner of University Avenue and Dale Street off interstate 94 in St Paul. If anyone wants t-shirts or dvds for purchase for gifts, please call me ahead of time, or send and email with your request. shirley 651-291-7053 --------6 of x-------- Money party 12.13 7pm Richard Kotlarz rkotlarz [at] hotmail.com to me show details Dec 11 (1 day ago) Next Session - Money, Society and the Spirit: A workshop presented by Richard Kotlarz and Steven Gorg. Suggested topic for this session: Looking to 2012 You are invited to the final session of “Money, Society and the Spirit” for 2011. Overall this has been a wonderful, challenging and vital series of conversations that has attracted an extraordinary and eclectic assortment of folks who are earnest about seeking the truth about the great conundrum posed by “Money” to us individually, as a nation and as a world. For this last session we will be turning to how to carry on and expand this necessary dialogue into what is predicted from many quarters to be the auspicious year of 2012. This last gathering is anticipated to be relaxed and social in nature. Healthy catered snacks will be provided, and participants are welcome to bring contributions to the festivities if they like (bringing something is not expected; this is not a “pot luck”). All who have participated in this series are invited, as well as those who might join us for the first time. We will be looking for thoughts and ideas as to how to proceed in the new year. “Only the small secrets need to be protected. The big ones are kept secret by public incredulity” Marshall McLuhan, media ‘guru’ There are many monetary riddles that haunt our post-modern world. Indeed, they are increasingly experienced as threatening the viability of our personal lives, the existence of civilization, and even the continuation of life on earth itself. Can we get a perspective on this? Can we turn a corner? Is there a vision on the other side? These questions and more will be explored in a series of two-hour evening sessions that will meet every week. Please feel free to join us even if you have not attended a previous session. Attendance is free (contributions welcome) Location: Macalester College (Old Main, Room 009) 1600 Grand Avenue, Saint Paul, MN Date & Time: Tuesday, December 13; 7 to 9 pm (Repeats every week through Tuesday, December 13, 2011): Facilitators: Richard Kotlarz: Richard is a seeker after the truth about money and the economic life, who has engaged in literally thousands of discussions on money-related topics with people from all walks of life, across the U.S., and in Canada and Europe. Steven Gorg: Steven is a professional environmental engineer who has come to see that becoming truly conscious about Money is the portal through which a meaningful and effective ecological and social transformation can be achieved. Richard and Steven have discovered that, concerning money, there is a story to be told and a vision to behold of which We the People are getting hardly even an inkling through conventional media, academic orthodoxy, or popular culture. Facilitator Contact Information: richkotlarz [at] gmail.com, 218-828-1366 steve [at] stevegorg.com Offered under auspices of Experimental Community Education of the Twin Cities --------7 of x-------- From: Alan Muller amuller [at] dca.net Fight vs Xcel 12.13 evening My friend Leslie Glustrom of Clean Energy Action (Colorado) has been in the center of the "municipalization" fight against Xcel in Boulder, CO. She's also an expert in regard to future energy paths and our diminishing coal resources. Leslie is both a wonk and an activist and, in my perception, one of the most effective energy activists around. (Xcel, of course, is made up mainly of Northern States Power Company (MN, and Public Service Company of Colorado, merged in 2000. My sense is that the corporate culture and political tactics of Xcel (NSP) in MN are a bit different than Xcel (PS) in Colorado--smoother and more effective, I suspect--) She's going to be in Minnesota next week and has expressed willingness to meet with a group in the Cities. Boulder's so-far-successful municipalization campaign is relevant to Minneapolis, where Xcel's franchise agreement with the City expires on Dec 31, 2014. I've posted about this a couple of times on the Minneapolis e-democracy mailing list: "Boulder's Bold Move to Condemn Xcel" Kick-out-Xcel municipalization referendum passes in Denver Leslie is available in the evenings of Tuesday Dec 13th and Wednesday Dec 14th. Obviously this is short notice--I just got her schedule--but Leslie is not uptight about having a big audience and all we really need is a time and place to announce. Even if only a few people we could have an informal discussion. Or, we could have a more formal meeting with a PPT presentation. So, my questions are (1) who would be interested in attending such a meeting, and (2) who can help us identify a location, preferably in Minneapolis? Let me hear from you ASAP! Feel free to share this email. Alan Muller Energy & Environmental Consulting 1110 West Avenue Red Wing, MN, 55066 Box 69 One Stewart Street Port Penn, DE, 19731 302.299.6783 alan [at] greendel.org --------8 of x-------- Dave Bicking davebicking [at] gmail.com Occupy report [most of the events are outdated but it is a good report -ed] Dear friends, The last two weeks have been rough for the Occupy movement, with nearly every major city taking action to evict occupiers. Winter is taking its toll as well. But the movement remains remarkably resilient, and is still engaged in a multitude of actions. I am still unaware of any city where Occupy has been defeated, and in many areas, they have just come back stronger. The same is true in Minneapolis, where Hennepin County does all they can to limit our presence and visibility. They keep tightening the rules; then last Tuesday, Dec. 6, they violated their own agreement and stole much of our remaining supplies from the plaza, including the kitchen table and nearly all the bedding. However, we are maintaining a presence on the plaza while we evaluate a longer-term winter strategy. Occupy Minneapolis is working on other fronts as well, most prominently our "occupy foreclosure" strategy, which is gaining national attention. There are several excellent opportunities today and in the coming week for people to become involved, or renew their involvement. I know there is broad support, far beyond the numbers who have actually showed up. I am often asked how people can help. There are many ways, but the most important is to personally participate in the activities and the planning. Occupy is a somewhat amorphous movement, and I know it can be difficult to figure out how to "plug in". Several events today are ideal for those who want to be involved in the work: ***** Sunday, December 11, noon - 2pm Meeting to work on home foreclosure projects, at the Nicollet coffee shop, Nicollet & Franklin Avenues, in south Minneapolis. There are two current "occupations" at homes where the homeowners face possible eviction: 3310 N. 6th St., with an ongoing occupation for over a month; and 3712 Columbus Ave. S., starting just last Tuesday, during a national day of coordinated foreclosure resistance. The Occupy Homes group is working on publicity, legal work, logistics, and neighborhood outreach, while also reviewing the multiple other requests for help. This is your chance to find out more, and get involved! ***** Sunday, December 11, 1:00 - 3:00pm at the American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave.. Sign making and planning for the 3pm plaza event. Please come help! ***** Sunday, December 11, 3:00pm Reclaim the plaza!! At the People's Plaza (Hennepin County Government Center, by the LRT stop) We are going to hang the signs made at the previous event, beautify the plaza, convey our message in a more coherent way, and get set up at the plaza in a way we can sustain. This is also a time for us to all gather together again. For many of us, the plaza has come to feel like - or actually be - our home and our community. Think of this as an alumni gathering. If you have ever been to the plaza and experienced the unique energy and determination of the Occupy movement, this is the time to come back! If you haven't ever been there, this is your opportunity to experience this. (Full announcement from the organizers below.) Please make a special effort to attend this community gathering - and show of defiance! ***** Sunday, December 11, approx. 4:30pm, after the gathering at the plaza. Planning meeting for continued presence at the plaza. Held at the plaza - probably inside the skyway over 4th Ave. S., leading into the Hennepin Government Center (enter through the parking ramp at the NE corner of 4th Ave. S. and E. 6th St., take the elevator to the 3rd floor). Occupy is about much more than just a location or a single strategy. But the People's Plaza is still very important to us, for practical reasons as well as a symbol of our movement and our determination. The Plaza will continue to be the starting point for rallies and marches in the heart of the government and financial districts. In the spring, I expect we will return in numbers far greater than have been seen so far, with a strength that will make it impossible to be evicted. If you want to plan or participate in the continued occupation, this is the perfect opportunity to get connected! ***** Saturday and Sunday, December 17 and 18, 10am - 6pm A full weekend "retreat" is being planned, to talk about our vision and "who we are", to talk about our methods of organizing and decision making, and to discuss "What Next?" This is a chance to step back from daily organizing and evaluate our work and our goals. Location and exact times still being determined. I'll let you know when I know. You wouldn't have to attend it all, but this is another great opportunity to get to know the movement and the people in it, to participate in its direction, and to become involved. Here is the full announcement of this afternoon's gathering at the plaza: Gathering to Re-Claim the Plaza and Celebrate The Occupation! Sunday 12/11 -1pm sign-making @ the American Indian Center (1530 E Franklin, Mpls) - 3pm sign-hanging & hot drinks @ the People's Plaza Who's Plaza? The People's Plaza! Calling all OccupyMinnesotans!! The People's Plaza is our Plaza - a place for us to gather, to organize and to voice our demands for a society that puts people over profits. On the 2 month anniversary of OccupyMN, we urge all who have been a part of the occupation by being at the people's plaza for hours or days or months to gather at the people's plaza again as we reclaim our space and continue our fight for equality and justice! The County has tried everything they can think of to take the Plaza from us - seizing our tents, tarps and blankets, banning dozens of individual occupiers with trespass notices, and a constant campaign of harassment and threats. Just this week, the most recent raid by County security took away blankets, tarps, signs and even food, as a handful of occupiers slept on the Plaza, knowing that many were away at meetings or visiting Occupy DC. But we refuse to be deterred, we refuse to be silenced! The County can steal our belongings but they cannot evict our demand for justice! JOIN US to make new signs with strong messages to represent our movement, and winterize them. Then gather with us to re-claim and beautify the People's Plaza, and ensure that our voices are not silenced! We will also welcome our fellow occupiers who will be just getting back from DC! After the gathering we will be having a meeting at the Plaza ( probably in the Skyway) re: OccupyMN Winter Support at the People's Plaza, keeping the momentum going, organizing events that express our concerns about the economic and social inequalities. For further info contact: Occupymn.solidarity [at] gmail.com. Here's the facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/317419581609164/ Dave Bicking ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Shove Trove
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