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|From: David Shove (shove001umn.edu)|
|Date: Sat, 27 Oct 2012 11:27:17 -0700 (PDT)|
*P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 10.27.12* 1. Socialist conference 10.27 11-6 2. Northtown vigil 10.27 2pm 3. Cheri Honkela 10.27 1 & 4:30pm 4. Silent Spring 10.27 7pm 5. Ralph Nader - Capitol Hill’s rabid, ravaging Republicans 6. ed - three mitt poems --------1 of 6-------- Socialist conference 10.27 11-6 SOCIALIST MINNESOTA Conference Hosted by Socialist Alternative Saturday, October 27th 11am - 6pm University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management Rm L-110 321 19th Ave S, Minneapolis FEATURED SPEAKERS CHERI HONKALA,Green Party vice presidential candidate, on challenging the two-party system GLEN FORD,Executive Editor of Black Agenda Report, on Obama's corporate education agenda STEPHAN KOCH, Committee for a Workers International, London office, on the revolt against capitalism in Europe MICHAEL BRUNSON, Chicago Teachers Union, Recording Secretary, on their historic strike to save public education OTHER TOPICS INCLUDE Resisting Voter Suppression | Marriage & LGBT Liberation Labor in Politics | Women Fighting Back $5 - $10 sliding scale donation requested. No one turned away for lack of funds. SCHEDULE for SOCIALIST MINNESOTA Join us all day or for whichever sessions interest you 11:00am: HOW to FIGHT the RIGHT Panel discussion featuring TEDDY SHIBABAW on resisting voter suppression, KELLY BELLIN on women fighting back, NICK SHILLINGFORD on marriage & LGBT liberation, RYAN TIMLIN on stopping the assault on labor 1:00pm: RESISTING the CORPORATE EDUCATION AGENDA GLEN FORD Executive Editor of Black Agenda Report, on Obama's corporate education agenda MICHAEL BRUNSON, Chicago Teachers Union, Recording Secretary, on their historic strike to save public education ** This session organized in coalition with Public Education Justice Alliance of Minnesota (PEJAM) 3:00pm: REVOLT AGAINST CAPITALISM in EUROPE STEPHAN KOCH, representative from the Committee for a Workers International, London office, reporting from the mass workers struggles against austerity and capitalism in Europe 4:30pm: CHALLENGING the TWO PARTY SYSTEM CHERI HONKALA, Green Party Vice Presidential Candidate, and veteran community organizer for welfare and housing justice. --------2 of 6-------- From: Vanka485 [at] aol.com Subject: Northtown vigil 10.27 2pm Peace vigil at Northtown (Old Hwy 10 & University Av), every Saturday 2-3pm --------3 of 6-------- Cheri Honkela 10.27 1 & 4:30pm Green Party candidate for US vice president 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm - A House Party for Cheri in Minneapolis, hosted by Phil Willkie and Cam Gordon Home of Phil Willkie, 2625 Newton Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55405 Contact Tori Johnston (tori_j [at] msn.com) for more details. 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm - Cheri will be speaking at the Socialist Minnesota conference U of M, Carlson School, L–110, 321 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455 Go to http://socialistmn.tumblr.com/ for more details about the conference. For more information about the complete list of events, go to www.jillstein.org/events. --------4 of 6-------- From: Amber Garlan Silent Spring 10.27 7pm The Green Party book club is reading “Silent Spring” by Rachel Carson this month. I am blown away that this book which was written 50 years ago could have been written yesterday. “I do contend that we have put poisonous and biologically potent chemicals indiscriminately into the hands of persons largely or wholly ignorant of their potentials for harm. We have subjected enormous numbers of people to contact with these poisons, without their consent and often without their knowledge. If the Bill of Rights contains no guarantee that a citizen shall be secure against lethal poisons distributed with by private individuals or by public officials, it is surely only because our forefathers, despite their considerable wisdom and foresight, could conceive of no such problem.” “Silent Spring” by Rachel Carson, page 12 Rachel Carson makes the connection between money and government. “It is also an era dominated by industry, in which the right to make a dollar at whatever cost is seldom challenged…It is the public that is being asked to assume the risks that the insect controllers calculate.” “Silent Spring” by Rachel Carson, page 13 The Green Party book club will meet Saturday, October 27th at 7:00 in the community room between 161 and 163 Erie Street in St. Paul. I will bake cookies, See everybody Saturday, 10/27/12, Peace,Amber --------5 of 6-------- Capitol Hill’s Rabid, Ravaging Republicans by Ralph Nader Published on Friday, October 26, 2012 by Common Dreams Has there ever been a more crazed, cruel, anti-people, corporate-indentured, militaristic and monetized Republican Party in its 154-year history? An about-to-be-released list of some of the actual brutish votes by the House Republicans, led by Speaker John Boehner and Rep. Eric Cantor, will soon be available to you from the House Democratic Caucus.Left to right: Eric Cantor House Majority Leader, John Boehner the 61st Speaker of the House, Kevin McCarthy the Republican Majority Whip. (Credit: DonkeyHotey / Flickr / Creative Commons license) Lest you think this is just partisan propaganda, these are real, recorded votes in the House of Representatives. The Republicans seem to have it in for women and not just against health insurance covering reproductive health care, Planned Parenthood’s other services, or privacy for the medical records of victims of rape and incest. The Republicans en-mass voted to repeal protections to stop health insurance companies from discriminating on the basis of gender. On other consumer protections – forget it. The Republicans are indentured to the worst of their corporate paymasters. The Republicans either do nothing to help or actually push for rollbacks. No minimum wage to give 30 million Americans the same pay workers got back in 1968, adjusted for inflation. The Chamber of Commerce says no. So Boehner and Cantor curtsy. In a frenzy, House Republicans have voted to repeal the “Affordable Care Act” 33 times. Be assured their hatred for Obamacare is not because they want full Medicare for all. It is because they want to voucherize Medicare and hand patients over to the avaricious Aetnas and the Pfizers who return the favor with campaign cash. House Republicans rage against any attempts to stop the shipping or outsourcing of American jobs to communist and fascist regimes abroad that know how to keep their workers in powerless penury. Why? Because that is what the non-patriotic U.S. global corporations want them to do. Anything Big Oil wants, it gets– retain big subsidies, tax breaks, weaken pollution restrictions, lease everywhere, and even give relief to oil companies when they damaged the Gulf Coast. House Republicans have a conflict of interest between their families’ lungs and their corporatized minds. Resolution? Vote to weaken the Clean Air Act, drinking water safety standards, cut funding for these cancer preventing, health protecting programs while pushing for more military weapons and bloated Pentagon budgets. The Republicans went so far as to vote for polluters over children, pregnant women and people who live in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities. These Republicans voted to block the EPA mercury and air toxics standards that the agency estimated would save 12,000 lives every year and prevent more than one million asthma attacks. With unseemly fervor, House Republicans want to generally weaken the National Labor Relations Board and labor laws. But when it comes to protecting the lowest tax rates and loopholes for the very wealthy, they are Horatio at the Bridge. When the top two percent engage in financial fraud (credit cards, mortgages and student loans, abuse of seniors) or urge privatizing social security, the Boehners and the Cantors are block-tackling anyone in the House who begs to push law and order for the Rich and Corporate or keep “the security” in social security. For the poor, let them eat less. Hunger in America is real. But not real enough for the Republicans to stop wanting to cut these food programs. While Republicans campaign against Obama for not doing anything to lower gasoline prices, they are voting against measures to regulate oil and gas speculators who drive up gas prices, a fact recognized by the CEO of Exxon a few years ago in a Senate hearing. The above are just a sample of what the House Republicans passed or blocked in the House. Even worse are what many of them wanted to summarily abolish, such as the EPA, OSHA, and the IRS. The meat-axe Republicans have trouble telling the public how the important functions performed by these agencies would be handled. The Republicans dismiss the work of health and safety agencies as junk science (e.g. regarding climate change). Fortunately, the Senate has rejected most of their madness. How do such people get elected? Is it just money and smooth slogans? Is it a lack of competition in rigged districts? Is it a winner-take-all, two-party duopoly where more than half the voters sit out the election? Is it shocking disengagement by the cynical or hopeless public, shorn of any rigorous expectation levels? For the time being, go to the Democratic House Caucus website. Ponder the fate of our Republic. Ask why we have almost unconditionally given up our enormous sovereign power of “We the People” to those out-of-control, raging members of Congress. Ralph Nader Ralph Nader is a consumer advocate, lawyer, and author. His latest book is The Seventeen Solutions: Bold Ideas for Our American Future. Other recent books include, The Seventeen Traditions: Lessons from an American Childhood, Getting Steamed to Overcome Corporatism: Build It Together to Win, and "Only The Super-Rich Can Save Us" (a novel). --------6 of 6-------- three mitt poems MITT HAPPENS [expanded version] The Mitt-faced GOP is up Mitt Creek without a paddle but mitt-loads of puddles and piddles. A Mitt head with Mitt for brains it smiles its mitt-eating smile that four out of five times it can tell, kind of tell, Mitt from Shinola. And Mitt, ah, it’s the same old Mitt, same mold Mitt, deep and getting deeper, a deep Mitt hole in a holy Mitt house. Think tanks of half-wits have mitt-fits that won’t quit till their pit-bull bellows his bull. Come November the GOP tells us where and when you vote to take a Mitt. Then either it will be Mitt out of luck or we will be. It boot-camps the Mitt-heads for after polls day; either way, when then The Mitt hits the fan. LIAR, LIAR Mitt’s nose grows faster than Pinocchio’s. Pants-fire comes and goes through an ass, darkly. PET PERSONHOOD Rich men’s pets are people, my friend; and, like slaves, have votes cast by their owners. -David Shove 10.09.12
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