Progressive Calendar 06.06.12 /2
From: David Shove (shove001umn.edu)
Date: Wed, 6 Jun 2012 13:21:49 -0700 (PDT)
*P R O G R E S S I V E   C A L E N D A R   06.06.12*

1. Coldwater/KFAI     6.07 9:30am
2. Midstream/reading 6.07 7:30pm

3. Palestine vigil       6.08 4:15pm

4. Glen Barry - Wisconsin embraces fascism;  aspiring, sticky-sweet
authoritarian dictator remains firmly in power

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From: Seasnun seasnun [at] gmail.com
Coldwater/KFAI  6.07 9:30am

Coldwater on Don Olson’s Northern Sun News
Thursday, June 7, 2012 at 9:30-10 AMSusu Jeffrey, founder Friends of
Coldwater and
Greg Strandmark, Mendota Dakota Tribal Council member at large
KFAI-FM 90.3 in Minneapolis, 106.7 in St. Paul
or on the web at http://kfai.org, archived for 2 weeks


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From: ed
Midstream/reading 6.07 7:30pm

Midstream Reading Series.   New.
When: Thursday June 7, 7:30–8:30pm.

Where: Blue Moon building,  corner of 39th and (3820) East Lake.  Upstairs.
 Entrance just west of the Blue Moon coffee house; up the stairs and to the
left. Air-conditioned. Not wheel-chair accessible. Plentiful street
parking.

 Best to arrive 10-20 minutes early to get coffee and food/dessert from the
Blue Moon, and to be seated by 7:30 so we can begin on time. And, the venue
will easily hold about 30; after that, standing or floor-sitting room only.
The early bird gets the seat.

Original poems and stories read/performed by their creators:
Richard Broderick
Anya Achtenberg
David Shove
Roslye Ultan

For further information:
David Shove shove001 [at] umn.edu     651-636-5672


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From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at] riseup.net>
Subject: Palestine vigil 6.08 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.


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Wisconsin Embraces Fascism
Aspiring, Sticky-Sweet Authoritarian Dictator Remains Firmly in Power
Dr. Glen Barry, personal essay
June 6, 2012
http://drglenbarry.tumblr.com/

Wisconsin is a less free and decent place this morning. The human right to
freely and openly associate and organize with colleagues to negotiate the
best price for your labor just barely exists, and people that form unions
to do so are villainous thugs. Women are less equal. Gays and blacks are
sub-human. Teachers, intellectuals, progressives, atheists, and other
knowledgeable, free thinking peoples have less rights and prestige. A
sticky-sweet taint lingers in the air.

Largely uneducated yet belligerent rural rednecks, out-of-state
billionaires, and white suburban Milwaukee ghetto usurers are firmly in
control. They are taking names, coming for what you have, and preparing to
force their worldview upon anyone who has not yet drunk the corporatist
kool-aid. The air, water, soil and vegetation Wisconsin’s citizens depend
upon for life now lie virtually unprotected. Corporations – which we are
told are people – are firmly in control. God is in the government and
regulates our bodies and bedrooms.

Right-wing, teabagger, nutjob politicians no longer have to campaign on the
issues upon which they will actually govern, or even mention the policies
they will pursue once in office. Money is speech and anything can be said,
or even made up, and stated over and over again, until glassy eyed we fall
into line behind the great leader. Our Governor’s boorish past conduct and
patterns of election fraud since youth have never mattered, never will, and
will be erased along with fascist and illegal union busting tactics from
our history.

Neighbors begrudge neighbors their modest health insurance, education and
pension – rather than organizing and educating themselves to have them too.
 People of all sorts that better themselves by banding together into unions
and/or becoming educated are unworthy of deferred compensation they freely
negotiated, earned and are owed. Teachers, firefighters, cops, government
workers, and their unions caused 911 and the ongoing financial collapse;
and they will be punished now and long into the future, until they repent
of their socialist ways.

Being smart¸ and training your mind through a process called education, is
dumb and no longer valued in Wisconsin. Funds for our formerly world-class
schools and Universities have been returned to our state’s elite absentee
billionaire slumlords, where because of their great benevolent virtue, they
rightly belong. Those who are educated are less than fully American, and
their views, especially if fact, data, knowledge, or wisdom based; are not
to be trusted. There are no experts on anything, just opinion. Truth comes
from a tightened fist.

There will be no salvation from homegrown Wisconsin fascism. The national
tea party is bent upon dumbing us down and enslaving us for god and greed.
The great black hope and assassin in chief busies himself with nominating
alleged terrorists - including American citizens - for the drone kill list
in sovereign nations. Our economy was plundered by the elites, who are now
the power behind the throne in Wisconsin, and also our commander-in-chief’s
top advisors and funders. No one has gone to jail.

Both Wisconsin’s state and national leaders routinely permanently rollback
civil liberties and ignore ecological collapse at great peril. Wisconsin’s
progressive leadership is overly focused upon preening, posing, celebrity
journalist activists – who lead the protests, report upon them, and are
followed by their own video crews. Whenever the party of Roosevelt rules it
meekly fails to stand for much of anything but re-election. The party of
Reagan – led now by a bullying uber-corporatist – overreaches and
continually cheapens America’s great democratic traditions.

Rarely are political, universal truths of justice, liberty, fairness,
peace, equity, ecology, and human rights spoken courageously any longer –
much less enacted. Sensibly caring for the well-being of others, sharing
when you have enough, nurturing children and the land are thought to be
quaint relicts of an over-taxed era. Others would consider this the price
of democracy and civilization, such as it is.

Wisconsinites – like the rest of the nation – are left in the coming
Presidential election with picking the lesser of two fascists. Freedom from
fascist and corporatist rule – and the scapegoating, sexism, nationalism,
militarism, propaganda lies; and gutting of unions, education,
environmental protection and civil liberties this implies – is a
precondition to living justly, fairly and well; and to sustaining global
ecology and social well-being long-term.

The American dream of hyper-consumption for some is over because it
couldn’t be sustained ecologically or socially. America can’t expect to
reap the ill-gotten benefits – all too often seized at the point of a gun –
of 4% of Earth’s people consuming 25% of key global resources any longer.
The 2.5 billion people globally living on $2 a day understandably want
their fair share too. The natural and painful consequences of downsizing
America’s extreme lifestyles and unwinding horrific disparities is sadly
leading to demagoguery, a decline in truth telling, and yes, the rise of
fascism in the American heartland.

America has lost its way. Our ecosystems and economic system are
collapsing, fascism rising, and conflict growing – do we want societal and
ecological collapse to come as we are at each other’s throats? Things are
heading that way. We are becoming the terrorists we abhor. And all the
reasons are evident in microcosm in Wisconsin. Decent, thoughtful folks in
Wisconsin tried valiantly but ultimately failed for now to combat the John
Birch, KKK, Tea Party inspired rise of hateful and destructive fascism.
 But the battle to retake our great state and country from the fascists has
just begun.

I hate fascism, and urge you to join together with others and myself to
resist a corporate takeover and enslavement of America. Going forward, all
thinking reasonable lovers of truth-based liberty, freedom, and the decent
essence of America, must come together to form an Anti-Fascist League.
Failure means an overtly fascist America, of the sort now destroying
Wisconsin.

** In addition to Dr. Glen Barry’s long-running Earth Meanders
environmental essays, he will now be writing more frequently on other
progressive issues, as a public intellectual in his personal capacity. If
you don’t want to receive these personal essays, but still want to receive
the more ecological based materials, just let us know. This as of yet
unnamed personal essay series is being posted for now at:
http://drglenbarry.tumblr.com/

[Thirty years of lesser-evil Democrat - not fighting for the people, always
moving right -  has come home to roost. -ed]
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