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|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Fri, 9 May 2008 04:54:05 -0700 (PDT)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 05.09.08 1. Amy Goodman 5.09 11am 2. Dakota/land 5.09 4pm 3. Env justice 5.09 5pm 4. Trans/gender 5.09/10 6pm 5. CIW/fair food 5.09 8pm 6. Moyers/health 5.09 9pm 7. Kid lit/peace 5.10 10am 8. MomsDay convo 5.10 10am 9. NWN4P Mtka 5.10 11am 10. EXCO picnic 5.10 1pm 11. Ntown vigil 5.10 2pm 12. Kalpulli cncrt 5.10 4pm 13. Bitch mag 5.10 4pm 14. CIW/bands 5.10 9pm 15. Cuba/CIA/CTV 5.10 9pm 16. Tom Burghardt - Dems prepare sell-out on telecom immunity, spying 17. Sharon Smith - The self-righteous rich / Rockefeller family fables --------1 of 17-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Amy Goodman 5.09 11am Fri.May 9, 11am : AMY GOODMAN on KFAI Radio If you missed the recent Twin Cities talk by DEMOCRACUY NOW! hot AMY GOODMAN, here's a second chance. Speaking about the "ordinary extraodinary heroes" in her newest book "Stop The Madness!", co-auhtored with her brother, DAVID GOODMAN and, corporate media and more. Amy Goodman's talk is brought to you by DON OLSON, host of NORTHERN SUN NEWS, Fridays. 11am. *To access this in the on-line archive, the first half will be at CATALYST;the second half on NORTHERN SUN NEWS. This is a special edition of KFAI's HOUR OF PEOPLE POWER--broadcast every FRIDAY 11am to NOON, with CATALYST (11am) hosted by Lydia Howell and NORTHERN SUN NEWS (11:30am) hosted by Don Olson. KFAI RADIO 90.1fm Mpls 106.7 fm St. Paul All shows achved for 2 weeks after broadcsat at htpp://www.kfai.org --------2 of 17-------- From: "wamm [at] mtn.org" <wamm [at] mtn.org> Subject: Dakota/land 5.09 4pm Minnesota Sesquicenntenial: "150 Years of Lies" The local Dakota community is asking for allies to support their voice, raised as a counter-narrative to the official "celebration" of 150 years of Minnesota statehood. This is an opportunity to stand up and listen to voices who have been historically silenced. An opportunity for radical witness to a narrative of genocide, broken treaties, and stolen land. Today, the Dakota community has less than 3,000 members but is strong in voice. There are many opportunities to attend to the master narrative, but few to hear the voice of those who have been historically marginalized. FFI: Call Diane, 651-983-6363 or email <hecetu1 [at] yahoo.com>. Friday, May 9, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Walkways of the Mendota Bridge, Highway 55 Over the Minnesota River. Truth Telling Protest. Sunday, May 11, 9:00 a.m. Tipi Wakan, Mounds Park, Earl Street and Mounds Boulevard, St. Paul. Walk (or run) to the Minnesota State Capitol for a rally at Noon to coincide with the colonial festivities on the actual day of their sesquicentennial. --------3 of 17-------- From: Erin Parrish <erin [at] mnwomen.org> Subject: Env justice 5.09 5pm May 9: Women's Environmental Institute. Phillips Community Environmental Justice Forum And Feast. Free and open to the public. Speakers and a panel discussion will address the following questions: What is environmental justice?, What do we know about air quality in and around the Phillips community?, What do we know about environmental health issues in our community?, What can our community do to make our environment safer, cut costs, create "green" jobs for residents, and address environmental justice issues? Food, music and networking. 5 PM at Plaza Verde, Minneapolis. --------4 of 17-------- Max Gries <mgries [at] visi.com> Subject: Trans/gender 5.09/10 6pm Announcing Minnesota's second annual Trans Community Health and Wellness Fair Presented by the Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition May 9th & 10th, 2008 Featuring Keynote Speaker Surgeon Marci Bowers, MD of Trinidad, Colorado With additional special guest Surgeon Loren Schechter, MD of Morton Grove, Illinois An event for trans and gender variant people, partners, family, allies, health care providers, and the general community South High School 3131 19th Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55407 Free parking lot, wheelchair accessible Near bus lines 19 & 21 or Lake Street light rail station This event is free and everyone is welcome! Visit our website at http://www.mntranshealth.org to pre-register and/or fill out a workshop proposal form. If you have questions, or if you're interested in volunteering or hosting an information table, please contact us at 612-823-1152 or email us at mntranshealth [at] yahoo.com MORE DETAILS: Friday, May 9, 6-9 pm: Dinner followed by Keynote Speech by Marci Bowers, MD Saturday, May 10, 9 am-6 pm: Health Fair Screenings and Information Tables, Workshops, Chair Massage and more Also Saturday, surgeons Marci Bowers, MD and Loren Schechter, MD will each lead a workshop about their surgery practice, and will be on hand to discuss surgical options with individuals. Many thanks to All Gender Health at the University of Minnesota for co-sponsoring the Twin Cities visits of Dr. Bowers and Dr. Schechter. Friday dinner, Saturday continental breakfast and lunch will be provided (meat, vegetarian, and vegan options available) Supervised children's activities will be available this year, both Friday and Saturday! No-scent policy: Please refrain from wearing scented products so that everyone, including those with allergies and Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, can participate safely. --------5 of 17-------- From: Brian Payne <brianpayneyvp [at] gmail.com> Subject: CIW/fair food 5.09 8pm Gerardo Reyes Chavez, farmworker and member of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), is flying up to the Twin Cities for the Breaking the Chains: Concert for Fair Food this Saturday, May 10 at the Triple Rock Social Club (629 Cedar Ave., Mpls) - see below for more details. For those who are interested, we are going to hold a more informal gathering on Friday, May 9 starting at 8pm at the Greenhouse (2915 James Ave. S.), including an overview of the organizing efforts of the CIW and a report-back from the Twin Cities delegation to Burger King Headquarters in Miami on April 28. If you have any questions, contact Brian Payne at 612-859-5750 or brianpayneyvp [at] gmail.com --------6 of 17-------- From: t r u t h o u t <messenger [at] truthout.org> Subject: Moyers/health 5.09 9pm Bill Moyers Journal | Health Care http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/050708U.shtml Bill Moyers Journal profiles the fight the California Nurses Association (CNA) has been waging over universal health care. "There shouldn't be a double standard," says Rose Ann DeMoro, executive director of CNA. "We, as the public, pay for Dick Cheney's care ... why is the government not providing the same type of care to all Americans?" --------7 of 17-------- From: Doris Marquit <marqu001 [at] UMN.EDU> Subject: Kid lit/peace 5.10 10am Our hope lies in the future! WILPF May 10 discussion of books for young readers Saturday, May 10, 10am-12noon "Picture Books Inviting Compassionate, Creative Responses to Human Needs" Jo Montie reviews prize-winning juvenile literature. Engaging new formats present stories and images embodying the values of peace, community, and social justice. Here are books to carry forward our struggles. Van Cleve Community Center 901 15th Ave. SE, Mpls FREE "COFFEE WITH" - EVERYONE WELCOME [Even Herbie?] FFI: 612-922-7993; <http://www.wilpfmn.org/> www.wilpfmn.org --------8 of 17-------- From: "wamm [at] mtn.org" <wamm [at] mtn.org> Subject: MomsDayConvo 5.10 10am Mother's Day Convocation for a More Peaceful World: Congressman Keith Ellison, Iraqi-American Sami Rasouli and Reverend Victoria Safford Saturday, May 10, 10:00 a.m. White Bear Unitarian Universalist Church, 34328 Maple Street, Mahtomedi. "Mother's Day began after the Civil War. It was proclaimed to acknowledge the terrible price, in the hope that future generations would not have to pay so dearly again. Today, as dollars for defense skyrocket, we can't help feeling disappointed at the violence rocking Iraq. We are concerned about the effects of multiple tours on our military, even those that come home safe and sound. Nor is 'over there' the only place to see the escalating costs of violence. The World Health Organization estimates the costs of interpersonal violence in the United States at over $300 billion per year. School shootings threaten our children's sense of well being, yet programs to prevent school violence were cut by 30% between 2001 and 2007." Presentations by Congressman Keith Ellison, Iraqi-American Sami Rasouli and Reverend Victoria Safford of White Bear Unitarian Universalist Church. Free and open to the public. FFI: Call Do Peace Minnesota, 651-426 -9940 or Mary Jane LaVigne, 651-426-8616. --------9 of 17-------- From: Carole Rydberg <carydberg [at] comcast.net> Subject: NWN4P Mtka 5.10 11am NWN4P-Minnetonka demonstration- Every Saturday, 11 AM to noon, at Hwy. 7 and 101. Park in the Target Greatland lot; meet near the fountain. We will walk along the public sidewalk. Signs available. --------10 of 17-------- From: excotc <excotc [at] gmail.com> Subject: EXCO picnic 5.10 1pm EXCO End of the Year Picnic...You're Invited. [EXCO free university] May 10th from 1-3pm. Hamline Park, Snelling and Thomas in St. Paul (on Snelling 4 blocks north of University). Bring a dish to share, if you can, and anything else you'd like to help create a festive May mood! Everyone is welcome. --------11 of 17-------- From: Vanka485 [at] aol.com Subject: Northtown vigil 5.10 2pm Peace vigil at Northtown (Old Hwy 10 & University Av), every Saturday 2-3pm --------12 of 17-------- From: PRO826 [at] aol.com Subject: Kalpulli concert 5.10 4pm Kalpulli Turtle Island Multiversity Concert _Home_ (http://kalpulli.net/) Saturday, May 10 4-10pm Crosby Farms Park - St. Paul Crosby Regional Park (http://ci.saint-paul.mn.us/depts/parks/userguide/crosby.html) Across from Pike Island on the bank of the Mississippi Concert participants include Matt Kitchen on the guitar, Leonard King playing/singing jazz, Native American Drum Group and part of the Hamline University Women's Choir led by Aubry Henry and more being planned $5.00 per person charge will go towards ecological restoration work and will buy seeds for community gardening on private and public land FFI contact Ray Tricomo, Founder and director of Kalpulli Turtle Island Multiversity, 651-714-0228 --------13 of 17-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Bitch mag 5.10 4pm Saturday, May 10, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Debbie Rasmussen, Publisher of/ Bitch/ magazine Feminism In/Action: What is your feminism for and why does it matter? Free Amazon Bookstore Cooperative 4755 Chicago Ave. S Minneapolis, MN 55407 612-821-9630 http://www.amazonbookstorecoop.com contact: Barb Wieser at 612-821-9630 Please join/ Bitch/ publisher Debbie Rasmussen for a participatory discussion about how-and whether-feminism can become a transformative movement for social change. Some of the questions she would like to explore in the discussion: How can we drive attention to the power, privilege, and marginalization that continue to play out in feminist communities? How can we create an independent feminist media? Can the idea of "feminism" shift to foreground an uncompromising, transformative commitment to systemic social change? --------14 of 17-------- From: Brian Payne <brianpayneyvp [at] gmail.com> Subject: CIW/bands 5.10 9pm The Twin Cities CIW Solidarity Committee Present: "BREAKING THE CHAINS: CONCERT FOR FAIR FOOD" The Twin Cities CIW Solidarity Committee is standing together with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) in the fight against injustice in Florida's fields. We are a community based group organizing our part of the country for change. Join us in our Breaking the Chains, Concert for Fair Food to help end exploitation of farmworkers by fast food giants such as Burger King. Saturday, May 10, doors open at 9pm, $8 at the door Triple Rock Social Club, 629 Cedar Avenue, Minneapolis BANDS INCLUDE: Soulacious, Nancy Drew Crew, Single Speed, Guerrilla Blue and spoken word by Las Palabristas. Special appearance by: GERARDO REYES CHAVEZ, farmworker and member of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, who is flying to the Twin Cities to speak about working conditions in the fields of Florida, and about how the CIW took on fast food giants Taco Bell and McDonald's and won. --------15 of 17-------- From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at] riseup.net> Subject: Cuba/CIA/CTV 5.10 9pm Most gracious Minneapolis Television Network (MTN 17) viewers: "Our World In Depth" cablecasts on MTN Channel 17 on Saturdays at 9pm and Tuesdays at 8am, after DemocracyNow!. Households with basic cable may watch. Sat, 5/10, 9pm and Tues, 5/13, 8am "One Man's Story: Philip Agee, Cuba and the CIA" Short documentary film about CIA acts in Latin America, particularly Cuba, with commentary by August Nimtz, U of M professor and co-coordinator of the MN Cuba Committee. Hosted by Karen Redleaf. (repeat) --------16 of 17-------- Democrats Prepare Sell-Out on Telecom Immunity: House Leaders to Give White House a Blank Check to Spy on Americans by Tom Burghardt / May 6th, 2008 Dissident Voice [Hi there, lesser-evil voters: here's what you're voting for. Make you feel proud, worthy, virtuous? Hardly. How much lesser is the evil? If it's just a teeny teeny tiny bit less, does that justify giving it your time and permission and moral authority? Well, gosh, you might say, what else do the Big Boys allow you do? Free to do what they want you to do. Land of the free to do as you're told. Or else. -ed] As revelations of the Bush administration's illegal surveillance programs continue to expose the criminal nature of the regime in Washington, new reports suggest that House Democrats are preparing to capitulate to the White House on warrantless wiretapping and amnesty for lawbreaking telecoms. When the Orwellian "Protect America Act" expired in February, Republicans and right-wing Democrats argued that unless the state's covert alliance with giant telecommunications companies were not shielded from congressional oversight or public scrutiny, "Americans would die". Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Mike McConnell made this threat explicit last August when he told the El Paso Times: Now part of this is a classified world. The fact we're doing it this way means that some Americans are going to die, because we do this mission unknown to the bad guys because they're using a process that we can exploit and the more we talk about it, the more they will go with an alternative means and when they go to an alternative means, remember what I said. (Chris Roberts, "Transcript: Debate on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act," El Paso Times, August 22, 2007) But as Steven Aftergood, the director of the Project on Government Secrecy for the Federation of American Scientists told The New York Times, "If we're to believe that Americans will die from discussing these things, then he is complicit in that. It's an unseemly argument. He's basically saying that democracy is going to kill Americans". But with "Blue Dog" Democrats on-board with the Bush administration, it's more a case of Americans killing (their own) democracy. As Salon's Glenn Greenwald reports, Numerous reports - both public and otherwise - suggest that [Steny] Hoyer is negotiating with Jay Rockefeller to write a new FISA bill that would be agreeable to the White House and the Senate. Their strategy is to craft a bill that they can pretend is something short of amnesty for telecoms but which, in every meaningful respect, ensures an end to the telecom lawsuits. It goes without saying that no "compromise" will be acceptable to Rockefeller or the White House unless there is a guaranteed end to those lawsuits, i.e., unless the bill grants amnesty to lawbreaking telecoms. (Glenn Greenwald, "What backroom conniving Are Steny Hoyer and the Chris Carney Blue Dogs up to on FISA?," Salon, May 2, 2008) According to Alexander Bolton's article in The Hill, right-wing and freshman congressional Democrats "are growing skittish," and that House Speaker Nancy "impeachment is off the table" Pelosi (D-CA), "has stepped back from the FISA talks and let Hoyer spearhead House talks with the Senate and executive branch". Translation: give the White House what it wants. And what the White House wants is the ability - and legal cover - to spy at will. As AT&T whistleblower Mark Klein revealed in 2006, NSA gained access to "massive amounts" of internet data after the company allowed the spy agency to hook into its network in San Francisco and other cities. The retired technician described how the NSA created a system that vacuumed up internet and phone-call data with AT&T executives as the agency's willing accomplices. Despite administration claims that its so-called "Terrorist Surveillance Program" is aimed solely at overseas terrorists, Klein demonstrated that a vast proportion of the data swept up by AT&T and forwarded to NSA was purely domestic. Klein told The Washington Post, [T]he NSA built a special room to receive data streamed through an AT&T Internet room containing "peering links," or major connections to other telecom providers. The largest of the links delivered 2.5 gigabits of data - the equivalent of one-quarter of the Encyclopedia Britannica's text - per second, said Klein, whose documents and eyewitness account form the basis of one of the first lawsuits filed against the telecom giants after the government's warrantless-surveillance program was reported in the New York Times in December 2005. (Ellen Nakashima, "A Story of Surveillance: Former Technician 'Turning In' AT&T Over NSA Program," The Washington Post, November 7, 2007, Page D01) Klein's story of flagrant lawlessness by the Bush regime and the telecoms was seconded by Babak Pasdar, a security consultant and CEO of Bat Blue Corporation, who provided a signed affidavit to the Government Accountability Project describing the FBI's "Quantico circuit". Last month The Washington Post reported that FBI investigators "with the click of a mouse" have the ability to "instantly" transfer data along a computer circuit "to an FBI technology office in Quantico". Verizon is the company named by the Post in its report as having provided "unfettered access" to its data stream, a charge denied by the company. Despite these revelations, the Bush administration continues to illegally target the American people. As Ryan Singel reported last week, 2007 might have been a rough year for U.S. home prices, but growth in government wiretaps remained healthy, with the eavesdropping sector posting a 14% increase in court orders compared to 2006. In 2007, judges approved 4,578 state and federal wiretaps, as compared to 4,015 in 2006, according to two new reports on criminal and intelligence wiretaps". It's unclear how many people these orders applied to since they can name more than one target, and in January 2007, the Bush Administration began getting so-called basket warrants from the secret court, in order to reduce the political heat over its warrantless wiretapping program. Those orders, which the administration described as "innovative," likely covered many individuals or entire geographic regions and required periodic re-authorization from the court. Sometime in spring 2007, one judge on the court ruled that the orders were unconstitutional, prompting a summer fear-mongering campaign to get Congress to expand the government's warrantless wiretapping powers. (Ryan Singel, "Court-Approved Wiretapping Rose 14% in '07," Wired, May 1, 2008) We don't know, and the administration won't say, how many Americans have been swept up by so-called "basket warrants". None of this however, troubles congressional Democrats. As the administration continues to eviscerate the Constitution, it should be clear that like the Republicans, the Democratic party completely accepts the overall framework of Bushist "national security" and the specious argument that it is waging a global "war on terrorism". Since taking control of both house of Congress in 2006, the Democrats - like their Republican "adversaries" - have refused to hold hearings on domestic spying nor have they sought to expose the scope of the illegal NSA program. Lost in the shuffle, are the obvious - and growing - dangers posed by these intrusive programs. In a time of systemic crisis for the capitalist system as a whole, the massive intelligence being gathered by the Bush regime, and by future administrations - Democratic or Republican, take your pick - will be deployed as tools for wholesale repression under conditions of growing class polarization, economic crisis and mass opposition to war. Telecom immunity? "There's nothing to see here, move along". Tom Burghardt is a researcher and activist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to publishing in Covert Action Quarterly, Love & Rage and Antifa Forum, he is the editor of Police State America: U.S. Military "Civil Disturbance" Planning, distributed by AK Press. This article was posted on Tuesday, May 6th, 2008 at 9:05 am and is filed under Civil Liberties, Democrats, Espionage, Legal/Constitutional, Science/Tech. [The huge number of lesser-evil voters, sure in their timorous hearts that they're doing the best the ruling class will let them, are the last bloc required for the ruling class to end democracy in America. -ed] --------17 of 17-------- [Most of the world's ills are caused by parasites - rich human ones -ed] The Self-Righteous Rich Rockefeller Family Fables By SHARON SMITH CounterPunch May 8, 2008 On April 30th, reporters flocked to the penthouse suite of a Midtown Manhattan hotel where fifteen representatives of the Rockefeller dynasty were holding court. There, the Rockefellers chastised oil giant Exxon-Mobil for failing to invest in "alternative energy" sources, invoking their own moral authority as Exxon-Mobil's longest standing shareholders. Family spokesperson Neva Rockefeller Goodwin sanctimoniously recalled the memory of her great-grandfather, John D. Rockefeller, founder of Standard Oil and originator of the family fortune. "Kerosene was the alternative energy of its day when he realized it could replace whale oil," she argued. "Part of John D. Rockefeller's genius was in recognizing early the need and opportunity for a transition to a better, cheaper and cleaner fuel". But the indignation of today's generation of Rockefellers - who inherited their own exorbitant wealth from Standard Oil, Exxon-Mobil's parent corporation - is aimed more at ensuring the continued financial health of the family's trust funds than concern for the future of the world's population. As Peter O'Neill, great-great-grandson of John D. Rockefeller, commented at the press conference, "I have a world of respect for what the company has done well. In fact, if the next 20 years of the energy business were just going to be about oil and gas, we probably wouldn't be here today". Nevertheless, the corporate media obediently described the Rockefellers as concerned environmentalists. The New York Times ran the headline, "Can Rockefeller Heirs Turn Exxon Greener?" News outlets quoted freely from the Rockefellers' press release, which described John D. Rockefeller as "one of the first major philanthropists in the U.S. and the World" and the family's Rockefeller Foundation's mission as "promot[ing] the well-being of mankind throughout the world". The family fable concocted above warrants a rebuttal. Standard Oil was the world's first oil monopoly, and Rockefeller's greed was insatiable. Indeed, the Rockefeller family legacy is deeply entangled with the U.S.' current reliance on oil - and automobiles. Moreover, the family's "philanthropic" pursuits include a peculiar preoccupation with lowering the birth rates of the world's black and brown populations throughout the twentieth century - highlighting the absurdity of their claim to be promoting the well being of humankind. Mainstream journalists could easily uncover these unsavory aspects of the family history but instead report the Rockefellers' self-sanitized version, with all its glaring omissions. * * * Indeed, the family's selective memory of its patriarch, John D. Rockefeller, as a saintly philanthropist stands in sharp contrast to his role as a nineteenth-century robber baron. "God gave me my money," he said. "Having been endowed with the gift I possess, I believe it is my duty to make money and still more money and to use the money I make for the good of my fellow man according to the dictates of my conscience". Rockefeller's conscience apparently did not dictate paying his employees more than a starvation wage. His admirers praise him for making gasoline affordable to average Americans, and he did indeed aim to produce large amounts of "cheap and good" gasoline for mass consumption, successfully lowering the price of gas from 58 cents to 8 cents a gallon. But he achieved this goal through ruthless union busting, hiring his own private militias to crush workers who dared to go on strike to demand higher wages. The private armies of the Rockefeller-owned Colorado Fuel & Iron Rockefeller was a cutthroat capitalist who built his oil monopoly in the decades after the Civil War using methods more in keeping with the bribery, blackmail and back stabbing of a mafia family than an honest entrepreneur. As he once proclaimed, "I would rather earn 1 percent off a [sic] 100 people's efforts than 100 percent of my own efforts". This credo made him the richest man in the world. As he quietly bought up his smaller oil competitors with these methods, Rockefeller entered into secret - and illegal - agreements with railroad magnates that gave discounts as off-the books-rebates to his growing oil monopoly, easily driving smaller refiners out of business. By 1879, Standard Oil controlled 90 percent of the oil refining business in the U.S. When the Supreme Court finally forced Rockefeller to formally disband Standard Oil as a monopoly trust in 1911, the damage was done. Indeed, the breakup doubled the value of his stock and gave birth to oil conglomerates Esso and Mobil (now Exxon-Mobil), Arco and Amoco (now BP), Pennzoil (now Shell), Chevron and Conoco. Rockefeller spent his remaining decades playing golf. * * * John D. Rockefeller's descendents have happily carried on in the robber baron's tradition, alongside a public relations machine that routinely airbrushes the family history. These heirs have never needed to work a day in their lives to afford the best of everything money could buy. The Rockefeller name ensures each generation a ten-figure trust fund and a guaranteed spot at an elite university, enabled by the Rockefeller family's generous donations. The many chapels, libraries, museums and other buildings bearing the Rockefeller name on private campuses across the U.S. bear testament to the family's self-serving approach to gift giving. Most recently, David M. Rockefeller, Sr., former chairman, president and CEO of Chase Manhattan Bank, and former chairman of the board of the Rockefeller Group, donated a record $100 million to Harvard University, citing his fond memories as part of the class of '36. By design, the Rockefellers have received no blame for their pivotal role in destroying the vast trolley car system that dominated U.S. cities before the 1940s, thereby increasing city dwellers. dependency on automobiles and gas-fueled bus lines. Yet the Rockefellers' Standard Oil of California joined General Motors, Firestone Tire, Standard Oil of California and Phillips Petroleum to form the National City Lines holding company, which bought out and dismantled more than 100 trolley systems in 45 cities (including New York, Detroit, Baltimore, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Salt Lake City, Tulsa, Minneapolis and Los Angeles) between 1936 and 1950. In 1949, these corporate defendants were acquitted of conspiring to monopolize transportation services. Indeed, the corporations behind National City Lines were each fined just $5,000 - while each of their directors paid a mere $1 fine - a small price to pay for the windfall in profits they all enjoyed in the decades that followed. Congress offered up tax dollars to build the enormous highway infrastructure that encouraged automobile travel in the 1950s, while federal investment in mass transit and train systems languished. As Noam Chomsky noted, "By the mid-1960s, one out of six business enterprises was directly dependent on the motor vehicle industry". * * * No Rockefeller family history would be complete without highlighting their central role in shaping twentieth century population control policy, aimed explicitly at curbing birth rates among the non-Caucasian poor. Beginning in 1910, Rockefeller money flowed into organizations such as the Race Betterment Foundation and the Eugenics Section of the American Breeders Association, which spearheaded the eugenics movement - the "science" of "improving heredity". These organizations, also funded by the upstanding Carnegie, Harriman and Kellogg families, sponsored academics claiming that those at the top of the social ladder had proven their racial superiority, while those at the bottom were biologically incapable of success. The eugenics movement encouraged the "superior" races to marry each other and have lots of children, while promoting forced sterilization, racial segregation and deportation of immigrants of those deemed "unfit" to reproduce. The "superior" races so admired by the eugenics movement were "Nordic," with blond hair and blue eyes, and the movement soon gained an admirer in Adolph Hitler. In 1924's "Mein Kampf," Hitler noted, "There is today one state in which at least weak beginnings toward a better conception (of immigration) are noticeable. Of course, it is not our model German Republic, but the United States." By the 1920s, the Rockefeller Foundation was already providing hundreds of thousands of dollars to fund eugenics research in Germany; in 1929 alone, $317,000 of Rockefeller money went to the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Brain Research, according to Edwin Black, writing in the San Francisco Chronicle in 2003. Although the Rockefellers had withdrawn all funding to German research by the onset of the Second World War in 1939, Black argued, "[B]y that time, the die had been cast. The talented men Rockefeller and Carnegie financed, the great institutions they helped found, and the science they helped create took on a scientific momentum of their own". By the 1930s, the wheels for forced sterilization were also in motion inside the U.S. Laws were enacted in 27 states in 1932, calling for compulsory sterilization of the "feeble-minded, insane, criminal, and physically defective". In 1939, the Birth Control Federation of America, as historian Dorothy E. Roberts described, "planned a 'Negro Project' designed to limit reproduction by blacks 'who still breed carelessly and disastrously, with the result that the increase among Negroes, even more than among whites, is from that portion of the population least intelligent and fit, and least able to rear children properly'". In 1974, an Alabama court found that between 100,000 and 150,000 poor black teenagers had been sterilized in that state alone. After World War Two, population control agencies set their sights overseas. In the 1960s, the International Planned Parenthood Foundation, heavily funded by the Rockefellers alongside the U.S. government, played a key role in a coercive sterilization programs targeting Third World populations. By 1968, one-third of women of childbearing age in Puerto Rico - still a U.S. colony - had been permanently sterilized, often without their knowledge or consent. Rockefeller-funded programs sterilized 40,000 women in Colombia between 1963 and 1965, according to feminist author Bonnie Mass. These are just two examples among many. The self-righteous claims of the current generation of Rockefellers must be viewed in this context. They have kept silent since the 1989 Exxon-Valdez Alaskan oil spill, even as Exxon-Mobil has refused to pay court-ordered compensation to the nearly 33,000 Alaskans who won a lawsuit against Exxon in 1994 for the company's "reckless" behavior. Nor have they uttered a word of protest following news that growing numbers of employed workers across the U.S. are lining up at food pantries due to the skyrocketing price of food and gasoline. As Bill Bolling, founder of the Atlanta Community Food Bank, told CNN, "People are giving up buying groceries so that they can pay rent and put gas in the car." Today's Rockefellers praise Exxon-Mobil for its current status as the most profitable corporation in U.S. history, having raked in a record $40.6 billion in profits in 2007. They are merely watching out for their own parasitical futures. Sharon Smith is the author of Women and Socialism and Subterranean Fire: a History of Working-Class Radicalism in the United States. She can be reached at: sharon [at] internationalsocialist.org [The rich pay a ton of money to propagandists to get us to admire the rich. They steal a billion from us, then pay professional liars a million to get us to like it. What a sweet scam! -ed] ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- - 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 To GO DIRECTLY to an item, eg --------8 of x-------- do a find on --8 impeach bush & cheney impeach bush & cheney impeach bush & cheney impeach bush & cheney
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