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|From: David Shove (shove001umn.edu)|
|Date: Tue, 12 Jun 2012 13:31:32 -0700 (PDT)|
*P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 06.12.12* 1. Kathy Kelly 6.12 7pm 2. UHCAN 6.12 7pm 3. Palestine 6.12 7pm NorthfieldMN 4. Kolstad/health 6.13 6:30pm 5. Reading jam 6.13 7pm 6. WashCo Greens 6.14 5pm 7. Broderick/reading 6.14 7pm 8. Lakoff/Wehling - The Wisconsin blues -------1 of 8-------- From: WAMM Kathy Kelly 6.12 7pm Afghanistan: The Cost of Perpetual WarTuesday, June 12, 7:00 p.m.St<http://p.m.st/>. Joan of Arc Church, 4537 3rd Avenue South, Minneapolis. Kathy Kelly, coordinator of Community for Creative Non-Violence, a Chicago based peace organization, will speak on the U.S. war in Afghanistan during a public forum set for Tuesday, July 12. The event will start at 7:00 pm at St. Joan of Arc Church, 4537 3rd Ave. South in Minneapolis. Kelly who has traveled to Afghanistan six times since May of 2010, most recently in the winter and spring of 2012. In her latest visits, she lived with members of the Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers in Kabul, learning from them about the impacts of the war. In her June 12 talk, she will describe life in Afghanistan today, the growing peace movement in Afghanistan and the U.S. attempts to enter into a Strategic Partnership Agreement with the current Afghan government, which would keep U.S. troops in Afghanistan until 2024. Kelly has received many awards over the past several years for her work against sanctions, war and occupation, and on three separate occasions, has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. The June 12 forum is free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by the Twin Cities Peace Campaign and Women Against Military Madness, and co-sponsored by the Minnesota Peace Action Coalition, the Anti-War Committee and Veterans for Peace. For more information call 612 522-1861or 612 827-5364. --------2 of 8-------- From: Joel Albers UHCAN 6.12 7pm UHCAN-MN's next mtg, to discuss Co-op Care progress and next steps, will be tuesday June 12, 7PM, at Joel's home for a backyard BBQ potluck/social. So pls bring food (like salads, sides, stuff for grill) or drink to share and i will have the grill, tables, chairs, utensils etc. After 9 yrs of mtg at Walker Church we can no longer meet there given the fire of the beloved Church. So we need to also find a new mtg place. Address: 3500 35th Ave S.Mpls, MN 55406 The meeting will focus onCo-op Care, our proposed cooperative health insurance pool we are working on, a program of UHCAN-MN. Many UHCN-MN members have helped work on this. So all UHCAN-MN folks as well as the Co-op Care board, development team, fundraisers, and consultants are invited to attend. Also, feel free to attend especially if are interested in becoming a member/enroll of Co-op Care. it seems very important at this time that we have a social event so that the many people who have worked hard on it can connect,meet each other and team-build. We also need more folks for our board of directors who work in and play a key role in co-ops, non-profits, arts, farms, physician and more. --------3 of 8-------- From: CMEP Palestine 6.12 7pm NorthfieldMN Holy Land Film Festival, sponsored by Northfielders for Justice in Palestine/Israel, 3 June Tuesdays at 7pm, Bethel Lutheran, 1050 Cedar Av., Northfield. Free and open to public. More info: Bill McGrath at 507-645-7660. The films: • Tuesday, June 12: “Occupation 101,” thought-provoking, powerful documentary on current and historical root causes of Israeli-Palestinian conflict. --------4 of 8-------- Sue Horns Kolstad 2sorns [at] gmail.com Kolstad/health 6.13 6.30pm Papa John Kolstad . June 13 a fundraiser for Jim Carlson running for MN Senate and a strong supporter of Universal Health Care. The event will be Wednesday, June 13 at 6:30 PM at 1255 Wilderness Run Road, Eagan, MN For information: 651-330-3940. John performs 7:30 to 8:00 --------5 of 8-------- From: Kimberley Nightengale Reading jam 6.13 7pm The Saint Paul Almanac is pleased to announce the eighth in its 2011–2012 season of acclaimed Lowertown Reading Jams, which celebrate the rich literary history of Minnesota’s capital city. The "Learning Life's Lessons" Lowertown Reading Jam will be presented on Wednesday, June 13th 2012 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar, 308 Prince Street in Saint Paul. This presentation of the popular and eclectic series, curated by David Vu, features performances by Olivia Baker, Dua Saleh, Laurine Chang, Rebecca Song, Tsimnuj Hawj, Kurt Blomberg and Rodrigo Sanchez-Chavarria. RSVP on Facebook --------6 of 8-------- Bob Schmitz allibobi [at] comcast.net WashCo Greens 6.14 5pm Your are invited to join us at the Gasthaus on 6/14 at 5pm. We will be discussing plans for growing the Green Party in Washington Co and updating ourselves on state and national developments in the Green Party. Please join us. The Gasthuaus is located north of hgwy 36 on Lofton. Just after crossing the railroad tracks, go to the west a short distance. RSVP: allibobi [at] comcast.net or call 612 245 3357 --------7 of 8-------- From: RB Broderick/reading 6.14 7pm Thursday, June 14, 7 p.m. publication reading for poets Rich Broderick and Maryann Corbett at ArtStart, 1459 St. Clair Ave., St. Paul, MN 55105. 651-698-2787 Rich Broderick is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship and a Minnesota Book Award. He is the author of two books of poetry, "Rain Dance" and "Woman Lake," and one of short fiction, and two books of non-fiction. He is the founder of Minnesota Poets Against the War, a charter member of the Twin Cities Media Alliance who helped launch the Twin Cities Daily Planet (www.tcdailyplanet), and a former Green Party candidate for the St. Paul School Board. "Rain Dance" was written, in part, as a response to the U.S. assault on Iraq in 2003 and examines in poetic form the unacknowledged causes of war, ideological extremism, and cultural alienation and despair. "Perhaps you like tender poems about the beauty of the spring woods, or the warmth of parental love? In that case, you won’t be interested in [this book]. But if you want poems that offer a cutting-edge critique of American culture, then Rain Dance, by Richard Broderick...[is] for you." Judy Barisonzi, Verse Wisconsin Online. "These poems deserve the highest praise, for their beauty, their honesty, and especially for their clarity and accessibility. "Woman Lake"...is a gift to all of us." Ted Kooser, former Poet Laureate of the United States. Maryann Corbett is the author of Breath Control, published by David Robert Books, and Credo for the Checkout Line in Winter, forthcoming in 2013 from Able Muse Press, as well as the chapbooks Dissonance and Gardening in a Time of War. She has been a winner of the Willis Barnstone Translation Prize and a finalist for the Morton Marr prize, the Best of the Net anthology, and the Able Muse Book Prize. Her poems, essays, and translations appear in many journals in print and online and in the anthologies Hot Sonnets, The Able Muse Anthology, and the forthcoming Imago Dei: Poems from Christianity and Literature. She lives in St. Paul and works for the Minnesota Legislature. --------8 of 8-------- The Wisconsin Blues By George Lakoff and Elisabeth Wehling, Common Dreams 12 June 12 The Wisconsin recall vote should be put in a larger context. What happened in Wisconsin started well before Scott Walker became governor and will continue as long as progressives let it continue. The general issues transcend unions, teachers, pensions, deficits, and even wealthy conservatives and Citizens United. Where progressives argued policy - the right to collective bargaining and the importance of public education - conservatives argued morality from their perspective, and many working people who shared their moral views voted with them and against their own interests. Why? Because morality is central to identity, and hence trumps policy. Progressive morality fits a nurturant family: parents are equal, the values are empathy, responsibility for oneself and others, and cooperation. That is taught to children. Parents protect and empower their children, and listen to them. Authority comes through an ethic of excellence and living by what you say, rather than by enforcing rules. Correspondingly in politics, democracy begins with citizens caring about one another and acting responsibly both for oneself and others. The mechanism by which this is achieved is The Public, through which the government provides resources that make private life and private enterprise possible: roads, bridges and sewers, public education, a justice system, clean water and air, pure food, systems for information, energy and transportation, and protection both for and from the corporate world. No one makes it on his or her own. Private life and private enterprise are not possible without The Public. Freedom does not exist without The Public. Conservative morality fits the family of the strict father, who is the ultimate authority, defines right and wrong, and rules through punishment. Self-discipline to follow rules and avoid punishment makes one moral, which makes it a matter of individual responsibility alone. You are responsible for yourself and not anyone else, and no one else is responsible for you. In conservative politics, democracy is seen as providing the maximal liberty to seek one’s self-interest without being responsible for the interests of others. The best people are those who are disciplined enough to be successful. Lack of success implies lack of discipline and character, which means you deserve your poverty. From this perspective, The Public is immoral, taking away incentives for greater discipline and personal success, and even standing in the way of maximizing private success. The truth that The Private depends upon The Public is hidden from this perspective. The Public is to be minimized or eliminated. To conservatives, it’s a moral issue. These conservative ideas at the moral level have been pushed since Ronald Reagan via an extensive communication system of think tanks, framing specialists, training institutes, booking agencies and media, funded by wealthy conservatives. Wealthy progressives have not funded progressive communication in the same way to bring progressive moral values into everyday public discourse. The result is that conservatives have managed to get their moral frames to dominate public discourse on virtually every issue. In Wisconsin, much if not most progressive messaging fed conservative morality centered around individual, not social, responsibility. Unions were presented as serving self-interest - the self-interests of working people. Pensions were not presented as delayed earnings for work already done, but as “benefits” given for free as a result of union bargaining power. “Bargaining” means trying to get the best deal for your own self-interest. “Collective” denies individual responsibility. The right wing use of “union thugs” suggests gangs and the underworld - an immoral use of force. Strikes, to conservatives, are a form of blackmail. Strikebreaking, like the strict father’s requirement to punish rebellious children, is seen as a moral necessity. The successful corporate managers, being successful, are seen as moral. And since many working men have a strict father morality both at home an in their working life, they can be led to support conservative moral positions, even against their own financial interests. What about K-12 teachers? They are mostly women, and nurturers. They accepted delayed earnings as pensions, taking less pay as salary - provided their positions were secure, that is, they had tenure. In both their nurturance and their centrality to The Public, they constitute a threat to the dominance of conservative morality. Conservatives don't want nurturers teaching their children to be loyal to the “nanny state.” The truth that The Public is necessary for the Private was not repeated over and over, but it needed to be at the center of the Wisconsin debate. Unions needed to be seen as serving The Public, because they promote better wages, working conditions, and pensions generally, not just for their members. The central role of teachers as working hard to maintain The Public, and hence The Private, also needed to be at the center of the debate. These can only be possible if the general basis of the need for The Public is focused on every day. Scott Walker was just carrying out general conservative moral policies, taking the next step along a well-worn path. What progressives need to do is clear. To people who have mixed values - partly progressive, partly conservative - talk progressive values in progressive language, thus strengthening progressive moral views in their brains. Never move to the right thinking you’ll get more cooperation that way. Start telling deep truths out loud all day every day: Democracy is about citizens caring about each other. The Public is necessary for The Private. Pensions are delayed earnings for work already done; eliminating them is theft. Unions protect workers from corporate exploitation - low salaries, no job security, managerial threats, and inhumane working conditions. Public schools are essential to opportunity, and not just financially: they provide the opportunity to make the most of students’ skills and interests. They are also essential to democracy, since democracy requires an educated citizenry at large, as well as trained professionals in every community. Without education of the public, there can be no freedom. At issue is the future of progressive morality, democracy, freedom, and every aspect of the Public - and hence the viability of private life and private enterprise in America on a mass scale. The conservative goal is to impose rule by conservative morality on the entire country, and beyond. Eliminating unions and public education are just steps along the way. Only progressive moral force can stop them. The Little Blue Book [new book by Lakoff - ed] is a guide to how to express your moral views and how to reveal hidden truths that undermine conservative claims. And it explains why this has to be done constantly, not just during election campaigns. It is the cumulative effect that matters, as conservatives well know. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Shove Trove
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