Progressive Calendar 07.11.13 /3
From: David Shove (
Date: Thu, 11 Jul 2013 10:23:55 -0700 (PDT)

1. Midstream Reading Series 7.11  7:30pm

2. Common Dreams - Americans Say Snowden Is a Whistleblower, Not a Traitor
3. Oliver Stone        -  'Our Civil Liberties Are Being Eaten by the NSA
Surveillance Machine'
4. Common Dreams - Outrage Flares Across Latin America Following NSA
5. Class War Films - Let your life be a friction to stop the machine

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Midstream Reading Series
When: Thursday July 11, 7:30–8:30pm.
Where: Blue Moon building,  corner of 39th and (3820) East Lake.
Air-conditioned. Upstairs.  Entrance just west of the Blue Moon coffee
house; up the stairs and to the left. 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. Please occupy the up-front seats first.

Original poems and stories read/performed by their creators:
Kristin Laurel
Michael Manerowski
Paula Reed Nancarrow
Loren Niemi

Kristin Laurel completed a two-year apprenticeship in poetry at The Loft.
Her work can be seen in CALYX, The Mainstreet Rag, The Mom Egg, Grey
Sparrow Review, and others. She is employed as an ED and flight nurse and
her poetry has been described as honest, raw and accessible.  Her first
book, Giving Them All Away won The Sinclair Poetry Prize from Evening
Street Press (Dublin, Ohio) and was published earlier this year.

Michael Manerowski holds a BA in Philosophy from the University of
Wisconsin and an MFA in Creative Writing from Hamline University. Has poems
published in “Poetry East,” “The Cape Rock Poetry Journal,” and “Rock,
Paper, Scissors.” Lives in St Paul and works in Minneapolis.

Paula Reed Nancarrow is a writer and storyteller whose repertoire deals
with themes of intimacy and autonomy, attachment and loss, compassion and
responsibility. She has performed at the Northlands Storytelling and the
National Storytelling Network conferences, and the Minnesota Fringe
Festival, as well as at various venues around the Twin Cities. She is a
recent winner of the St. Paul Moth Story Slam. By day she writes grants for
Public Radio International. In August she will be performing in The Gravity
of Ghosts at the 2013 Minnesota Fringe Festival show with Richard Rousseau,
Ward Rubrecht and Cole Sarar.  Find her online at

Loren Niemi has spent 35 years as a storyteller, creating, collecting and
performing stories of all kinds. From Fringe Festivals to the Great Wall of
China, from the Turtle Mountain Reservation in rural North Dakota to
working with artists and social workers to give voice to "the Troubles" in
Belfast, Northern Ireland, Loren lives the stories he tells.
  Loren is also a poet, the author of "The New Book of Plots" about the use
of narrative forms and co-author with Elizabeth Ellis of  "Inviting the
Wolf In: Thinking About Difficult Stories" about the value and necessity of
stories that are hard to hear and harder to tell. He teaches Storytelling
in the Theater program at Metro State University and in his day job, is the
Executive Director of the acclaimed, In the Heart of the Beast Puppet &
Mask Theatre.

Before and after: The Blue Moon, downstairs, has coffee, sandwiches,
desserts. Merlin’s Rest, a bar/restaurant 3 blocks west, has a full bar,
good food, a late hours kitchen, some outside seating

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

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Published on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 by Common Dreams
Rebuking Political Establishment, Americans Say Snowden Is a Whistleblower,
Not a Traitor

New poll also indicates Americans increasingly view anti-terrorism policies
as intruding on their civil liberties
- Andrea Germanos, staff writer

A majority of Americans believe that Edward Snowden is a whistleblower, not
a traitor, according to results of a Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday.

55% of respondents said Snowden was more of a whistleblower, compared to
34% who said he was more of a traitor.The view of him more as a
whistleblower also crossed party and gender lines—this despite a chorus of
bipartisan voices within Congress and the corporate media labeling the NSA
leaker a traitor.

Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling
Institute, pointed out that "the verdict that Snowden is not a traitor goes
against almost the unified view of the nation's political establishment."
The poll also revealed a notable trend in Americans' views on
anti-terrorism policies affecting civil liberties.

A 2010 poll showed that 25% of Americans said that the government's
anti-terrorism policies have gone too far in restricting civil liberties.
But that figure jumped to 45% in the current poll.

While a majority (51%) said they support the NSA's collection of all phone
calls, 53% also stated that the program is too intrusive into their privacy.

"The massive swing in public opinion about civil liberties and governmental
anti- terrorism efforts, and the public view that Edward Snowden is more
whistleblower than traitor are the public reaction and apparent shock at
the extent to which the government has gone in trying to prevent future
terrorist incidents," added Brown.
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   Published on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 by ACLU Blog of
Oliver Stone: 'Our Civil Liberties Are Being Eaten by the NSA Surveillance

After The Guardian and The Washington Post revealed the astonishing scope
of some of the NSA's surveillance activities, some people claimed that
Americans wouldn't care. But Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone doesn't
accept that.

In the video above, produced by the ACLU, Stone discusses the NSA spying
program, recalling a disastrous legacy of unchecked government abuse of
power. He reflects on the terrible consequences of runaway surveillance
during the 1960s and 1970s, when intelligence services exploited fears of
external threats to the United States to enjoy a carte blanche for their
illegal activities. "We did not pass the Fourth Amendment to protect those
with something to hide," Stone tells us. We passed that amendment "because
we know all too well the cost of an unaccountable government."

Now is a critical time in our nation's history for all Americans to stand
up for our civil liberties, Stone says – *by asking representatives in
Congress to roll back the surveillance

Section 215 of the Patriot Act and Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act,
passed in the wake of the September 11 attacks, have drastically eroded our
Fourth Amendment rights. These statutes allow the government to access our
most sensitive information without meaningful judicial oversight.

"I won't stand idly by while our civil liberties are eaten by the NSA
surveillance machine," Stone says. "You shouldn't either." You can join
Stone and the ACLU in demanding an end to the surveillance state, by
signing a *petition calling on
* to repeal these problematic sections of the Patriot Act and the FAA. The
time to act is now.
© 2013 ACLU

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  Published on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 by Common Dreams
Outrage Flares Across Latin America Following NSA Revelations

Leaders slam the 'insult' felt across the region
- Sarah Lazare, staff writer

Brazil's president, Dilma Rousseff, who called in cabinet ministers to
discuss the issue of NSA spying on Brazilians. (Photo: Ueslei
Marcelino/Reuters)Just a week after the controversial forced landing of the
Bolivian president's plane and amid new revelations about US secret spying
on Latin American countries, anger is reaching a boiling point across the

"A shiver ran down my back when I learned that they are spying on all of
us," Argentine President Cristina Fernandez said in a speech on Tuesday,
according to a Reuters report.

Fernandez called on several South American countries to convene a meeting
Friday to articulate a response to the spying revelations. Meanwhile,
Brazil's government says it is forming a task force to investigate
violations of its citizens' rights.Chile's foreign ministry declared,
"Chile cannot but firmly and categorically condemn spying practices,
whatever their origin, nature and objectives."

Even Colombia's right-wing government—close military and political ally to
the US—issued a tepid response to the revelations. "In rejecting the acts
of espionage that violate people's rights to privacy as well as the
international conventions on telecommunication, Colombia requests the
corresponding explanations from the United States government through its
ambassador to Colombia," the foreign ministry said.

Brazilian newspaper O Globo ran a report Tuesday from Glenn Greenwald which
drew on information provided by NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden to expose
secret US monitoring of phone and internet information of Venezuela,
Argentina, Ecuador, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Paraguay,
Chile, Peru, and El Salvador.

The report details how the NSA snooped on militaries and governments, as
well as industry secrets, throughout the region.
Colombia was a prime target of the spying.

The revelations come after South American leaders slammed the 'kidnapping'
of Bolivian president Evo Morales last week, which occurred at the behest
of the US government, when Snowden was believed to be aboard his flight and
it was forced to land in Europe.

Uruguay's president Jose Mujica declared last week: We are not colonies any
more. We deserve respect, and when one of our governments is insulted we
feel the insult throughout Latin America.

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Class War Films - Let your life be a friction to stop the machine
 A YouTube. A historical expose of the manufactured American ruling class
myth. Audio, cartoons, film sequences. Sure to infuriate the ruling class
by exposing their long-term agenda to own everything everywhere. Well worth
your time. -ed

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