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|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Fri, 30 Jun 2006 03:31:49 -0700 (PDT)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 06.30.06 1. End aid to Israel 6.30 4:15pm 2. Homeless VfP 7.01 10am 3. Volunteer/Farheen 7.01 10am 4. GreenParty StP 7.01 12noon 5. Independence 7.01 2pm 6. LooseChange/911 7.01 6:30pm 7. Energy stories 7.01 7:30pm 8. Farm days 7.01 9. Risser/petition 7.02 7pm 10. WAMM Iraq 7.03 5:30pm 11. Edina parade/GP 7.04 10am 12. Anti-Minuteman 7.04 2:30pm 13. Brainerd 7.04 4pm 14. Market/big deal 7.04 5pm 15. Peace concert 7.04 7pm Duluth MN 16. Ballot petitions 7.04 17. Kristen Olson - Raising money for Jay Pond 18. Jim Fuller - Republicans for democracy 19. www.cbsnews.com - Documents expose Sept 11 fraud [local angle] 20. Mokhiber/Weissman - Corporate Dems: more pigs at the trough 21. www.wsws.org - Illinois Dems challenge third party 22. Jerome White - Illinois Dems harass third parties --------1 of x-------- Date: Thu, 29 Jun 2006 15:54:50 -0500 From: wamm <wamm [at] mtn.org> Subject: End aid to Israel 6.30 4:15pm Palestine Solidarity Coalition Demonstration: Stop the Attacks! Cut Off U.S. Aid to Israel! Friday, June 30, 4:15 to 5:30pm. (Note: this is an ongoing vigil that takes place every Friday.) Summit and Snelling Avenues, St. Paul. Using the capture of one of its soldiers as the pretext, the Israeli Occupation Forces launched a brutal assault on the entire population of Gaza on June 28 destroying the main power station in Gaza and bridges on the only major roads linking the northern and southern section of the region. The use of U.S. planes and other military goods against illegally occupied territories is a violation of both international and U.S. law. This is a deliberately created humanitarian disaster. While much attention is paid to one captured Israeli soldier, no attention is paid to the 9,800 Palestinian political prisoners being held illegally (it is illegal for an occupying power to transfer prisoners from an occupied territory) under terrible conditions in Israeli prisons. At least 335 of these prisoners are children. Just two days ago the Israeli parliament gave the Shin Bet (the secret police) a green light for even greater torture of prisoners. The Palestine Solidarity Coalition calls for: the immediate end to the U.S. supplied Israeli assault on Gaza; the release of all Palestinian political prisoners from Israeli jails; an end to all U.S. aid to Israel; an end to colonial occupation; and support for self-determination of the Palestinian people, including the right of return. Sponsored by: the Palestinian Solidarity Coalition. FFI: Call Karen at 651-283-3495 or Sarah at 612-379-4716. --------2 of x-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Homeless VfP 7.01 10am Saturday, 7/1, 10 to 11:30 am, homeless Veterans for Peace meeting, Peacehouse, 510 E Franklin, Mpls. Wayne at 651-774-4008. --------3 of x-------- From: farheen [at] farheenhakeem.org Subject: Volunteer for Farheen 7.01 10am Farheen Hakeem - Green Party endorsed for Henn Co Commissioner Dist 4 Join TEAM FARHEEN. We have some really great opportunities this month to get the word out and bring more volunteers. Volunteer Events: Somali Independence Day - Saturday July 1st from 5PM-9PM at the Brian Coyle Center, located at 420 15th Ave. S. 55454. Help Farheen pass out stickers, register people to vote, and meet people. Festival of Neighborhood Celebration - Join Farheen as we celebrate in our parks. Times and dates are as follows: July 17th Peavey park 6PM-8PM July 18th McRae park 6PM-8PM July 20th Bossen park 6PM-8PM South Side Family Festival - Saturday, July 22, 2006 10am-6pm at Green Central Elementary School (3416 4th Ave. S. Mpls 55408). Dedicate a couple of hours to register people to vote and to meet people. Doorknocking: We are doorknocking every night from 6:30PM-9PM and on Saturday and Sunday 10AM-12PM and 1PM-3PM. This has been extremely effective, and it is the best way to get out the vote. Contact DJ Strohl for more info - djstrohl [at] yahoo.com Dates and Times are as follow: 7/1 Saturday 10AM & 1PM meet at MayDay Cafe 7/2 Sunday 10AM & 1PM meet at MayDay Cafe 7/3 Monday 6:30PM meet at Chatterbox 7/5 Wednesday 6:30PM meet at Chatterbox (no Farheen) 7/6 Thursday 6:30PM meet at Chatterbox (no Farheen) 7/8 Saturday 10AM & 1PM meet at Riverview Cafe 7/9 Sunday 10AM & 1PM meet at Riverview Cafe Be a part of a groundbreaking campaign! --------4 of x-------- From: ed Subject: GreenParty StP 7.01 12noon All people interested in finding out more about the Green Party of St. Paul are invited to: Our monthly meeting First Saturday of every month Mississippi Market, 2nd floor Corner of Selby/Dale in St. Paul noon until 2 pm <http://www.gpsp.org> --------5 of x-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Independence 7.01 2pm Particpate in this REAL celebration of resistance! Saturday, July 1st from 2-5pm Workshop/Discussion Blocs, Black and Otherwise General discussion about the purpose and use of the black bloc Open to the public @ the Jack Pine Community Center 2815 Lake St. E., Minneapolis Sunday, July 2nd from 2-5 pm Workshop/Discussion Affinity Groups- Organization and participation in the black bloc @ the Jack Pine Community Center 2815 Lake St. E., Minneapolis Monday, July 3rd @ 2 pm festival d'ennui Free Market/Potluck/Dance Party/Drum Circles/Workshops Bring food, stuff to give away and trade, drums and didgeridoos There will also be a few workshops on making instruments @ Powderhorn Park 3400 15th Ave S July 3rd @ 6 pm, $5 door Requiem Murder of Crows Black Plague @ Walker Community Church 3104 16th Ave. S. Don't miss these bands playing the show following the festival July 4th International Day of Resistance Whatever you make it! For more information, secret plans, or ways to help out, contact: doubleplusungoodthink (at) yahoo.com --------6 of x-------- From: altera vista <alteravista [at] earthlink.net> Subject: LooseChange/911 7.01 6:30pm Dear People--Would you please reformat if you can, or just print out, the following and advertise these showings to your acquaintances? Or put them on your calendars, if you have such? Or send them to your personal e-mail lists, if they would not offend? Thank you. Leslie Do you believe the government¹s explanation for 9/11? Did you know that three world trade center buildings collapsed on that date? Come see a FREE MOVIE LOOSE CHANGE (2nd Ed. 2006) about the events of 9/11 and the impossibilities of the official story. Saturday, July 1, 6:30pm, Black Dog CafE 308 Prince St lowertown StPaul (kittycorner from the downtown market on Wall St.) Comments about this film: " a brilliant piece of research presented cinematically with great effectiveness. It's one particular selection of the mountains of evidence that are available about what happened on 9/11. "even a small portion of it is enough to convince you that the official story is nowhere near true." Presented by mn911 Group http://9-11.meetup.com/253/ 651-633-4410 --------7 of x-------- From: Larry Johnson <elent7 [at] comcast.net> Subject: Energy stories 7.01 7:30pm July 1, 7:30pm. Storytelling for adults at Dunn Bros. by Loring Park Stories of energy independence - Larry Johnson and Elaine Wynne will be joined this month by Tony Wentersdorf, storyteller/musician, and winner of the Bob Dylan sound-alike contest. Larry and Elaine will have just returned in their hybrid car from the Midwest Alternative Energy Fair in Wisconsin. When they don't need to drive, they walk in the woods. Larry maintains office space on whichever bus he happens to be writing on, and Elaine runs her office partially on wind energy. They went to AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH the first weekend out, and Tony walks and rides the bus everywhere he goes. Who knows what stories will emerge from the evening? the answer is blowin' in the wind. dunn brothers is at 329 west 15th st. on the south side of loring park in minneapolis. for more information, go to www.loringpark-mpls.dunnbros.com or call 612-872-4410. to talk with larry or elaine, CALL 612-747-3904 (Larry) OR 763-639-3838 (Elaine) --------8 of x------- From: Bonnie [at] mnwomen.org Subject: Farm days 7.01 Saturday, July 1: Women's Environmental Institute Saturday Farm Days. Great food, hearty work and extra produce to take home. Join the farm harvest crew or work on the organic apple orchard. Kids welcome with a supervising adult, cannot accommodate family pets. RSVP at 651/583-0705. --------9 of x-------- From: Julie Risser <julie.risser [at] visi.com> Subject: Risser/petition 7.02 7pm This Sunday July 2nd there is a meeting at Julie Risser's house to discuss petitioning at the Edina 4th of July Parade. The meeting begins at 7:00 at 6112 Ashcroft Avenue. We will go over petitioning technique and answer questions. Volunteers interested in petitioning are needed on the 4th beginning at 8:30. There is a 5K run that is happening at 9:00 before the parade and starting at Wooddale Park (50th and Wooddale - approximately 5 blocks west of 50th and France). People interested in marching should know that line-up starts at 9:30 and the parade begins at 10:00-we probably won't be starting until 10:30. Our number is 87. Line up takes place along Normandale Road behind the Edina Community Center. 5701 Normandale Road. for more information call 952-927-7538 --------10 of x-------- From: Bonnie [at] mnwomen.org Subject: WAMM Iraq 7.03 5:30pm Monday, July 3: Women Against Military Madness Iraq Committee meeting, 5:30 PM. For location and more call 612/827-5364. --------11 of x-------- From: PRO826 [at] aol.com Subject: Edina parade/GP 7.04 10am Greens, Come join us in parades and festivals to support our candidates and provide visibility for the Green Party of MN. 7/4, Edina, 4th of July parade, Julie Risser, 952-927-7538 http://www.edinaparade.org/ It begins at 10:00 - but people interested in gathering signatures for the petition should show up between 8:30 and 9:00 The parade end is one block north of 50th and France. Edina 4th of July Parade. The Parade starts at 10:00 a.m. - while people can't pass out material or peition during the parade they can before and after. People do start gathering around 9:00. The Parade path goes by Woodale park on 50th and Wooddale. I have talked to the Edina Parks and Recreation department and we can have a table in the park - the gazebo has been reserved from 10-4 by a family for a birthday party. If we want to reserve a specific spot in the park it is $45/hour. If we want to just get there and set up a table it is free - I am thinking if we get two people who are not marching in the parade to staff the table - maybe more - this would be a great place for having petitions out that people can sign. - Currently the six seats on the conference bike are going to be filled with 2 Berger people 2 Risser people and 2 Hakeem people - that way people on either side of the parade route can see the candidate's names on their t-shirts. People can march in front of the bike too - the parade is usually done by 11:00-11:30 - 7/4, St. Paul, Taste of MN, petitioning, _iamandy [at] riseup.net_ (mailto:iamandy [at] riseup.net) (Andy Hammerlink) --------12 of x-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Anti-Minuteman rally 7.04 2:30pm Tues July 4, 2:30pm State Capitol, St. Paul The Minutemen is a racist vigilante group that's harrassed and assaulted undocumented migrants coming across the US/Mexico border, in California, Arizona and Texas. Now, they're coming to Minnesota to try to rally support for their anti-immigrant sentiments and white supremacy. As with the Klux Klux Klan recuitment rally that happened in August 2001 at the State Capitol, longtime anti-racism and anti-hate groups, know that while the First Amendment may protect hatemongers' right to rally---it also protects our rights to protest them. A coalition of many of the groupos who organized the immigrants' rights rallies in April and May, along with other civil liberties organizations, are calling for people to turn out and OPPOSE The Minutemen's attempts to divide our communty based on citizenship, race and economc class. More than at any time in its history, Minnesota is becoming increasingly diverse. Let's come together and say "NO Human Being Is Illegal!" --------13 of x-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Peace parade 7.04 4pm Brainerd MN Join the BraiNerds -ed Tuesday, 7/4, march with Brainerd Area Coalition for Peace in 4th of July parade, assemble #:30 at Central Lakes college staging area (entry #53), parade at 4, potluck afterward. www.brainerdpeace.org -- From: Theresa Flinck <theresaflinck [at] yahoo.com> Please bring your family and friends to help BACP say NO to war! This is our third year in the parade, which has become a major event for the area peace movement. There will be a potluck gathering following the parade. The parade begins at 4 PM this year and we ask folks to gather at 3:30 at the Central Lakes College staging area. More details will be forthcoming. Our drum group has had a great time drumming in the parade and in a major peace march in Washington DC. Anyone who wishes to drum is welcome! See you in the street on July 4th! Brainerd Area Coalition for Peace www.brainerdpeace.org P.O. Box 113 Brainerd, MN 56401-0113 Or call: 218-330-9612 Or email: letters [at] brainerdpeace.org --------14 of x-------- From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at] riseup.net> Subject: Market/big deal 7.04 5pm Dear St. Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN) viewers: While we still have public access tv (see: www.saveaccess.org for the reference), select SPNN Channel 15 for "Our World In Depth/Our World Today". Show times are 5 pm and midnight on Tuesday evenings and 10 am on Wednesday mornings. "Our World In Depth/Our World Today" features analysis of public affairs with consideration of and participation from Twin Cities area activists. The show is local and not corporately influenced (get it while you can!). **7/4 and 7/5** (repeat) "De-deifying the Market" w/economist Karen Redleaf. All shows are hosted by Eric Angell. --------15 of x-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Peace concert 7.04 7pm Duluth MN Tuesday, 7/4, 7 pm, Peace Is Patriotic concert with Sara Thomsen, Joe Paulik and Cindy Gritzmacher, Peace Church UCC, 1111 N 11th Ave E, Duluth. anathothcommunityfarm.org --------16 of x-------- From: Krisrose02 [at] aol.com Subject: Ballot petitions 7.04 Democracy can be fun too! Ballot Access Events Ensue Democracy begins when YOU arrive! If we want to vote for Greens in November, and ensure there is a choice on the ballot for Grassroots Democracy, Non-Violence, Ecological Wisdom, and Social and Economic Justice, we must ensure this by gathering signatures to nominate Green candidates by petition. As a minor party in the state, we do not have an automatic ballot line in the elections. Following are a few of many opportunities to gather with other Greens and Green candidates to participate in this vital step in the process. Please contact the campaigns directly, or, Mark O'Melia in the GPMN office to sign up, get more information, or to pick up copies of petitions and guidelines for gathering signatures. Mark's Office Hours: Tues - Thurs - 7 to 9 pm Mon - Wed - Fri - 10 am to 2 pm 621 West Lake Street Suite #205 Minneapolis, MN 55408 (612) 871-4585 4th July Independence Day will be a big day for GPMN candidates to kick off our petition drive! Edina Woodale 9am 5K - MN State Auditor candidate Dave Berger plans to run in this race too! Please show up to support Dave, and to collect signatures for Dave Berger, Julie Risser, and other statewide candidates. Following the race at 10:00 am is the Edina Parade. People interested in gathering signatures for the petition should show up between 8:30 and 9:00 The parade end is one block north of 50th and France. Taste of Minnesota - Harriet Island, St. Paul St. Paul Greens will organize petition efforts for this event! Please contact Andy at iamandy [at] riseup.net for information on gathering times and locations. Appearances will be made by Michael Cavlan, candidate for US Senate, Ken Pentel, candidate for Governor of Minnesota, and Dave Berger, candidate for Minnesota State auditor. Come work with us to collect signatures, and take some time to enjoy the Taste of Minnesota. 6 - 9 pm Excelsior - Fire Works Join Lieutenant Governor candidate Danene Provencher for fireworks by the lake, and some signature gathering, of course! July 5th Every night 3 to 9 - with Jay Pond 612-874-0675 Jay Pond, candidate for US Congress, Dist. 5, will be out collecting si gnatures daily! Call Jay to find out how and where to help. July 6th and 13th, MarketFest - White Bear Lake - 7 pm to 9 pm Market Fest is a fun event every Thursday night in White Bear Lake. Stop by the Green Party booth, enjoy live music, local food and vendors, and to help our candidates get on the ballot! Statewide candidates will be present. July 9th Lakeville Festival 1 pm More info to come! Farheen Hakeem - Henn Co. Commissioner Dist 4 612-395-5559 (campaign) Neighbors United for Farheen Hakeem PO Box 6419 Mpls 55406 www.farheenhakkem.org Jay Pond - US Congress, Dist 5 jay [at] jaypond.org Pond for Congress 2501 Bryant Ave. S. Mpls 55405 612-220-5050 www.jaypond.org Michael Cavlan - US Senate Committee to Elect Michael Cavlan PO Box 14208 St. Paul, MN 55114-0208 www.cavlan.org (612) 414-9528 Ken Pentel - MN Governor kenpentel [at] yahoo.com 612-387-0601 John Kolstad - MN Atty General jkolstad [at] millcitymusic.com 612-722-6649 (W) Dave Berger - MN Auditor dave [at] berger4auditor.org The Committee to Elect Dave Berger PO Box 2094 Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076 612-338-3630 www.berger4auditor.org Wade Hannon - US Congress -Dist 7 wade [at] wadehannon.org 123-14th St. N. Moorhead, MN 56560 Julie Risser - MN Senate, Dist 41 julie.risser [at] visi.com 6112 Ashcroft Ave. Edina, MN 55424 952-927-7538 www.voterisser4senate.com Jesse Mortenson - MN House 64A jesse [at] jessemortenson.com 1709 Selby Ave. St. Paul, MN 55104 651-442-5734 www.jessemortenson.com --------17 of x-------- From: Kristen Olson Krisrose02 [at] aol.com Subject: Raising money for Jay Pond _http://jaypond.org/_ (http://jaypond.org/) He doesn't accept donations from PACs, and won't be part of the major party fundraising machines. As a third party candidate, he can be more serious about election reform than DFL or Republican candidates. He'll work to end the war, bring home the troops, and rebuild Iraq. He's a proponent of renewable energy and recognizes the importance of the vast wind potential of the upper Midwest. He's in favor of universal single payer health care. He will advocate for reform of our immigration policy, and for the rights of immigrants. He believes strongly in civil rights, including everyone's right to marriage. He will paint a Green spot on the red/blue map of US House districts that will be a powerful signal that this country is reversing its trend toward the political right. He spent six months in Washington observing the Minnesota delegation in the US house. He has the integrity, intelligence, and idealism needed to make a positive difference in Congress. ~~ For all of these reasons and more, please go to Jay's website and click on "Contribute", or mail a check (every bit helps!), or consider working with Jay to collect ballot access signatures starting July 4th. Jay Pond U.S. Congress - 5th District Contact: Pond for Congress 2501 Bryant Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55405 612-220-5050 _www.JayPond.com_ (http://www.JayPond.com) ---------18 of x-------- Republicans for democracy by Jim Fuller Tuesday, June 27, 2006 http://www.jamesclayfuller.com/ It's beginning to appear that old-line Republicans have a better handle on what is wrong in this country than do self-described "moderate" Democrats such as Hillary Clinton and her supporters. Certainly the old Republicans have more guts, and at least some are more willing than office-hungry, prestige-addicted Democrats to fight the Bush and the corrupt right wingers who control Congress. I won't say that's anything like universally the case. Yet some conversations I've had recently with life-long Republicans make me think it is possible that our salvation, if it comes, will be in part attributable to ordinary Republicans who have had enough of would-be emperors, corrupt legislators and right wing crazies who hold greed to be the ultimate value. Those conversations, not incidentally, are in line with others I've had recently with usually conservative residents of rural areas. As one of those "screamers from the left" recently excoriated by a "moderate" Minnesota on-line columnist, I'm shocked to find that occasionally I have more in common with some of my Republican friends than I do with Democratic Party apparatchiks and those who closely align themselves with entrenched Republicrats. Of course, the Republican friends I'm talking about have very little in common with the people who now control the Republican Party apparatus. And, certainly, my personal sampling is far too small to permit any claim that it shows a widespread truth. Whether I'm seeing a trend or an aberration is yet to be determined. Nevertheless, I find some reason for the hope we desperately need. The Clinton-Lieberman wing of the Democratic Party claims the "center" for itself, and maintains that those of us who call ourselves liberals or progressives and object to their deep compromising of principle are left-wing extremists. Well, here are some of the extreme goals of the liberals I know : *Genuine universal health care -- accessible, affordable care for everyone. The U.S. Government's own figures show that more than 14 percent of Americans, and about 9 percent of the country's children, have no health insurance. It's also true that the coverage that many more have is inadequate to provide adequate care. *Fully funded public education. *An end to the occupation of Iraq. *Adequate funding of infrastructure. *Protection of natural resources. *Some government oversight of business to assure the safety of workers and the public and to prevent now rampant fraud -- rather than the present system of corporations effectively controlling the regulatory agencies. And serious oversight of securities markets, banking, food health standards and the like. *An increase in the minimum wage to ensure that full-time workers earn something approaching a livable wage. *A renewal of government assurance of voting rights for all citizens, and a clampdown on election fraud. *Enforcement of labor laws and return to a balanced National Labor Relations Board. *An end to excessive corporate influence on government, influence that now has the corporations actually writing many of our laws. *Return to an equitable graduated income tax system. *Many other such goals...most of them simply involving a return to the greater equity that was present in government in the 1940s and '50s and an end to virtual control of government by a very small number of very rich individuals and corporations. Oddly, to me, a fair number of the old-line Republicans I know - as well as some now somewhat elderly former Republican office holders - share a majority of those goals. Last weekend, I had a long talk with one of those Republicans, a man who has been my friend since our age was counted with a single digit. He ran for local office as a Republican, and he sat on the city council of our town of origin as a Republican. We differ, and always will, on some issues; he doesn't much like organized labor, for example, while I feel strong (but honestly run) unions are essential to an equitable and law-abiding economy. But he is adamant about the need for a strong, fully-funded public education system and irate about the excessive cuts in school funding and excessive tuition and fee increases that already have barred a large percentage of our youth from attending our central state university and other top-quality state schools. "Sometimes I think, though I know it won't work, that all schools in the country should be public schools," he said. "No private schools. Then affluent and powerful people would see to it that the schools are good." We agreed strongly that the military draft should be brought back, and that the laws be written so that affluence and family connections cannot be used to dodge service or to get preferential assignment. That, we both believe, would lessen the likelihood of future wars that sacrifice the welfare and lives of others for the political and economic gain of a powerful minority. And my old conservative friend mourned the power-madness and the dishonesty of the Bush administration and the corruption that is the defining character of our present Republican-led Congress, the profligacy with which it shovels public money into the pockets of a favored elite. He bemoaned the same kind of activity by those who currently control our state government. He spoke sadly of the rapid loss of American freedoms and the assaults on the Constitution by the Bush crowd and its chief supporters in Congress and in some state governments, including our own. An unusually religious man, he nevertheless spoke of his concern that certain breast-beating Christians exert undue influence upon our elected officials. Relgion, he said, is a personal matter, and under our Constitution, no particular religion or branch of a religion should dictate to the rest of us. Together we sang the praises of a group of 203 wealthy Minnesotans - including members of both major parties -- who, on June 22, ran a full-page ad in major Minnesota daily newspapers to say that the extreme cuts in the income taxes of the wealthy has done and is doing terrible damage to the state and that they and other affluent citizens can and should be paying more in taxes. Further, I know several other Republicans with similar views. Contrast that with the Democratic officials and office holders who run and hide whenever some more intelligent and courageous member of the party calls for an end to the Iraq occupation or demands that the Bush administration halt torture and illegal imprisonment. Compare the stances of those honest Republicans with the Democrats who cower when some braver party member seeks to force the Bush crowd to obey the laws of this country or to end the open sale of government to the highest bidders. More and more I believe that a majority of U.S. citizens are far out in front of the people who regard themselves as leaders, and what I hear from Republicans strengthens that belief. I also believe that the so-called Democratic "centrists" who will not confront the Bush administration and who dive for cover whenever anyone recommends strong and effective actions to set our government aright are more dangerous to our democracy than the right wingers who almost openly seek to destroy our Constitutional system of government. [Every day, in every way, the Dem party becomes just a little more evil. As eliminating the large party of the people, it is the +greater evil+. Time to move on to parties that care, and don't take PAC money. -ed] For a couple of decades now, those rudderless Democrats, afraid to lead and to fight for what is right, have failed us and, in their obvious failure, they lost the most important elections. They blame everybody but themselves: It was Ralph Nader, or left wingers or...or...or somebody who cost them election after election. In a word: bullshit. If they don't stand up now and show genuine leadership, they will lose again this year, despite the greatest opportunity liberals have had in a couple of decades to win majority control of government. And if they lose this year, neither they nor we will regain real strength in the foreseeable future. posted by James @ 5:09 PM --------19 of x-------- Documents Expose Sept 11 Fraud [Lino Lakes angle] http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/06/16/national/main1720207.shtml NEW YORK, June 16, 2006 (AP) As firefighters searched for survivors after the Sept. 11 attacks, heat from the World Trade Center's smoldering ruins burned the soles off their boots. They needed new ones every few hours, and Chris Christopherson made sure they got them. The disaster specialist was proud to dispatch replacement boots from the Long Island warehouse of a company paid by the government to manage rescue supplies donated by Americans. Then came the moment that crushed Christopherson's faith. His employer dispatched trucks to the warehouse and loaded hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of donated bottled water, clothes, tools and generators to be moved to Minnesota in a plot to sell some for profit, according to government records and interviews. Dan L'Allier said he witnessed 45 tons of the New York loot being unloaded in Minnesota at his company's headquarters. He and Christopherson complained to a company executive, but were ordered to keep quiet. They persisted, going instead to the FBI. The two whistleblowers eventually lost their jobs, received death threats and were blackballed in the disaster relief industry. But they remained convinced their sacrifice was worth seeing justice done. They were wrong. Once-secret documents obtained by The Associated Press detail how the company, Kieger Enterprises of Lino Lakes, Minn., went unpunished for the Sept. 11 thefts after the government discovered FBI agents and other government officials had stolen artifacts from New York's ground zero. As a result, most Americans were kept in the dark about a major fraud involving their donated goods even as new requests for charity emerged with disasters like Hurricane Katrina. And Christopherson and L'Allier were left disillusioned. "I wouldn't open my mouth again for all the tea in China," L'Allier said. Added Christopherson, a 34-year-old father of two: "I paid a big price." The government ultimately gave the whistleblowers $30,000 each after expenses, their share in a civil settlement against KEI. They say the sum was hardly worth their trouble. Federal prosecutors eventually charged KEI and some executives with fraud, including overbilling the government in several disasters, but excluded the Sept. 11 thefts. Officially, the government can't fully explain why. KEI had worked for years for the government, providing disaster relief services during tornadoes, floods and other catastrophes. It was picked to manage the New York warehouse for the government's main Sept. 11 relief contractor. Thomas Heffelfinger, the former U.S. attorney in Minnesota who prosecuted KEI, said he never intended to charge the company for the ground zero theft, and instead referred that part of the case to prosecutors in New York. "At the heart of the KEI case was financial fraud," Heffelfinger said. "It was so bad we didn't need the theft." Heather Tasker, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney's office in New York, declined to discuss the KEI case. The whistleblowers, however, said they've never been contacted by New York prosecutors. FBI documents indicate the government, in fact, was preparing to charge KEI with Sept. 11 thefts. A March 2002 entry in the FBI's "prosecutive status" report states the U.S. Attorney's office in Minnesota intended "to prosecute individuals who were alleged to be involved in the transportation of stolen goods from New York City after the terrorist attack." A followup entry from Sept. 6, 2002 lists the specific evidence supporting such a charge. The lead investigators for the FBI and the Federal Emergency Management Agency told AP that the plan to prosecute KEI for those thefts stopped as soon as it became clear in late summer 2002 that an FBI agent in Minnesota had stolen a crystal globe from ground zero. That prompted a broader review that ultimately found 16 government employees, including a top FBI executive and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, had such artifacts from New York or the Pentagon. "How could you secure an indictment?" FEMA investigator Kirk Beauchamp asked. "It would be a conflict." While the globe's discovery had been widely reported, its impact on the Sept. 11 thefts had remained mostly unknown. Prosecutors "and the FBI were very conscious of the fact that if they proceeded in one direction, they would have to proceed in the other, which meant prosecuting FBI agents," said Jane Turner, the lead FBI agent. She too became a whistleblower alleging the bureau tried to fire her for bringing the stolen artifacts to light. Turner retired in 2003. The FBI declined to discuss Turner's allegation, saying it involved a personnel matter. "It's illogical" not to prosecute KEI because of the agents' stolen artifacts, said E. Lawrence Barcella, former chief of major crimes in the U.S. attorney's office in Washington. "The fact that FBI agents stole trinkets is an order of magnitude different than a company selling things they steal." Nick Gess, another former federal prosecutor, said the agents' actions shouldn't have precluded prosecuting the company. "DEA agents have been found to smoke pot occasionally," Gess said. "That doesn't mean they (the Drug Enforcement Administration) can't still work on drug cases." The government also didn't prosecute any of its employees for taking souvenirs, claiming it lacked a policy prohibiting such thefts. Ultimately, the FBI donated the stolen goods found at KEI's warehouse to the Salvation Army. Joe Friedberg, a lawyer who represented a KEI executive, dismissed the Sept. 11 thefts as "much ado about nothing." Friedberg said KEI took a few pallets of water and T-shirts because they had authorization from a FEMA official to take surplus items. But that FEMA official, Kathy McCoy, said she never gave Kieger such permission. Those who work near ground zero today are shocked to learn such thefts went unpunished. "To take advantage of people at a time of despair, it's probably one of the worst things human beings can do to another person," said Gregory Broms, Sr., a firefighter with Engine Company 10 at the foot of the former World Trade Center site. "It was morally wrong." Christopherson recalled receiving boxes of white T-shirts stolen from the Long Island warehouse sent back to him after KEI had embossed a Sept. 11 logo on the front. He was instructed by his boss to sell them to firefighters, police and volunteers for $12 a piece. Disgusted, he threw them in the corner and never sold them. Christopherson and L'Allier went to the FBI in fall 2001. On April 16, 2002, agents raided KEI, recovering at least 15,000 T-shirts and 18,000 bottles of bottled water. Because months had passed, the seized items were a fraction of the total the company had taken, the whistleblowers said. Both men were threatened and harassed, reporting it to the FBI's Turner. "We all experienced the death threats," L'Allier said. "We all experienced the phone ringing at three in the morning and no one being there. I'd come home and the house would be wide open." A few months after the raid, prosecutors drafted charges accusing the company of stealing the ground zero relief supplies, seeking an indictment on the one-year anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, Turner said. But Turner discovered in late August 2002 a cracked Tiffany & Co. globe, lifted from the World Trade Center ruins, on the desk of a colleague. The theft case against KEI sputtered. Eventually, KEI executives Edward Kieger Jr., Patrick Iwan and Joseph Dreshar were indicted in 2004 by a federal grand jury on charges of scheming to defraud the government. The former executives pleaded guilty, and Kieger and Iwan are serving prison terms. KEI has gone out of business. Christopherson and L'Allier were stunned when the indictment excluded the ground zero thefts. They spent two years unsuccessfully trying to find new work in disaster relief. Christopherson now runs a landscaping business; L'Allier works as a paramedic. For years, the two couldn't speak publicly because their whistleblower case remained under seal. They worried similar fraud might have occurred during Katrina. "If you donated, at your local supermarket, water or canned goods or cleaning supplies and a truck goes down there (to New Orleans), who knows where it is ending up," L'Allier. Today, the whistleblowers worry their fate might chill others from exposing wrongdoing. "They felt they had to come forward about the theft because it was so wrong," Turner said. "I've lost my career. They've lost their jobs. The price is so high for telling the truth." ©MMVI, The Associated Press. --------20 of x------- More Pigs at the Trough Corporate Democrats By RUSSELL MOKHIBER and ROBERT WEISSMAN www.counterpunch.org If you wonder why things never change in Washington, look no further than a report released yesterday by Russ Baker's Real News Project. The report documents 25 corporate Democrats -- corporate consultants with strong ties to the Democratic Party leadership inside the beltway. "Although establishment Democrats are, by and large, still more skeptical of the corporate agenda than Republicans, they have become strikingly less so," Baker writes. "This has led to the creation of a kind of permanent corporate governance structure that is truly bipartisan. Many of the firms employing Democratic operatives have them working side-by-side with Republicans -- often the same Republicans they go up against in political campaigns. In some cases, a so-called conservative Republican and a so-called liberal Democrat are full partners in the same firm." Case in point: Jack Quinn. Jack Quinn served as Vice President Gore's Chief of Staff, and later as Counsel to President Clinton. Now he is a partner in a political consulting and lobbying firm with Republican insider Ed Gillespie -- Quinn Gillespie -- and together, "they have represented clients who want to drill in fragile areas of Alaska, put the screws to already beleaguered American creditors, and prevent the introduction of more healthy dairy substitutes in school lunches," Baker writes. Democratic consultants know no bounds when it comes to the corporate feeding trough. They work for companies pushing genetically modified organisms, for Big Pharma, for credit card companies and for gambling companies. Here are the 25 Corporate Democrats profiled in Baker's report. They'd make a great set of trading cards -- representing Democrats who have traded in their ideals to push the corporate agenda Name: Edward Ayoob - Firm: Barnes & Thornburgh - Democratic connection: Former legislative counsel to Senator Harry Reid (D-Nevada) Name: Bill Andresen - Firm: Dutko Worldwide - Democratic connection: Former chief of staff to Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (D-Connecticut) Name: : R. Lane Bailey - Firm: Golin/Harris - Democratic connection: Chief of staff to Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-West Virginia) for 12 years. Name: Michael Berman - Firm: Duberstein - Group Democratic connection: Well-connected veteran Democrat Name: John Breaux - Firm: Patton Boggs - Democratic connection: Former Democratic Senator from Louisiana Name: Leslie Dach - Firm: Edelman Worldwide - Democratic connection: Former media consultant to Bill Clinton and John Kerry Name: Ingrid Duran - Firm: D&P Creative Strategies - Democratic connection: Worked for the House Banking Committee under Democratic control. Name: Carter Eskew - Firm: Glover Park Group - Democratic connection: Al Gore's chief media advisor in 2000. Name: Phil Goldberg - Firm: Shook, Hardy & Bacon - Democratic connection: Aide to several Democratic members of Congress Name: Joel Johnson - Firm: Glover Park Group - Democratic connection: Worked in the Clinton White House Name: Marshall Matz - Firm: Olsson Frank & Weeda - Democratic connection: Was George McGovern's nutrition expert. Name: Richard Mintz - Firm: Brunswick Group - Democratic connection: Worked in Clinton's Transportation Department and was staff director for Hillary Clinton during the 1992 campaign. Name: George Mitchell - Firm: Piper Rudnick - Democratic connection: Former Democratic Senator from Maine Name: Mark Penn - Firm: Burson-Marsteller - Democratic connection: Principal pollster for Bill Clinton Name: Ronald Platt - Firm: Buchanan Ingersoll - Democratic connection: Michigan state director for Gore-Lieberman Name: Anthony Podesta - Firm: Podesta Mattoon - Democratic connection: Bill Clinton's chief of staff Name: Heather Podesta - Firm: Blank Rome - Democratic connection: Counsel to the late Congressman Robert Matsui (D-California) and to Earl Pomeroy (D-North Dakota) as well as a staffer for former Senator Bill Bradley (D-New Jersey) Name: Jack Quinn - Firm: Quinn Gillespie - Democratic connection: Chief of staff to former Vice President Al Gore. Name: Thomas Quinn - Firm: Venable - Democratic connection: Worked on Democratic Presidential campaigns from Edward Kennedy in 1980 to John Kerry in 2004. Name: Jody Powell - Firm: Powell Tate - Democratic connection: President Jimmy Carter's press secretary Name: Steve Ricchetti - Firm: Ricchetti Inc - Democratic connection: Former deputy chief of staff to Bill Clinton Name: Anne Urban - Firm: Venn Strategies - Democratic connection: Economics adviser to Senator Joseph Lieberman (D-Connecticut) Name: Anne Wexler - Firm: Wexler and Walker Public Policy Associates - Democratic connection: Top policy aide in the Carter administration Name: Howard Wolfson - Firm: Glover Park Group - Democratic connection: Former spokesperson for Hillary Clinton Name: Andrew Young - Firm: Goodworks International - Democratic connection: President Carter's ambassador to the United Nations Baker concludes that Democrats have increasingly belied their long-assumed commitment to the little guy and the average American by "cozying up to the money trough." "Once the Democrats turned into the opposition, key Clinton figures found a home in offering their advertising, public relations and arm-twisting skills to industry trade associations and corporations," Baker writes in the report. "They retained their links to the party, and have lived a kind of dual life ever since, moving effortlessly from corporate work to campaign work and back. The friendliness with big business has escalated under the reign of Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, who has assembled lobbying hordes are headquartered." Russell Mokhiber is editor of the Washington, D.C.-based Corporate Crime Reporter. Robert Weissman is editor of the Washington, D.C.-based Multinational Monitor, and co-director of Essential Action, a corporate accountability group. They are co-authors of Corporate PredatorsThe Hunt for MegaProfits and the Attack on Democracy (Monroe, MaineCommon Courage Press; http//www.corporatepredators.org). --------21 of x-------- Illinois Dems challenge third party SEP candidate in Illinois holds press conference to announce petition filing for November ballot By our reporter 28 June 2006 http://www.wsws.org/articles/2006/jun2006/joep-j28.shtml Joe Parnarauskis, the Socialist Equality Party's candidate for state Senate from Illinois' 52nd Legislative District, held a press conference Tuesday morning to announce that the party had filed nominating petitions the day before to place his name on the November, 2006 ballot. The press conference, held in front of the University of Illinois campus in Champaign-Urbana, was attended by reporters from local affiliates of the ABC and CBS television networks, as well as a reporter from local radio station WILL. Reporters from the local newspaper, the News-Gazette, and WDWS radio contacted the SEP campaign after the news conference. "Yesterday," Parnarauskis said, "the Socialist Equality Party delivered to the State Board of Elections nominating petitions bearing the names of nearly 5,000 voters in Champaign and Vermilion counties who signed our petitions in order to place me on the ballot for the November elections. This was an exceptional achievement in as much as our supporters had to overcome enormous obstacles placed in our path by the political structure. "Third parties are legally required to collect enormous numbers of signatures. At the same time they are effectively banned from circulating petitions in what is classified as private property, such as malls and other places where people congregate, and which have replaced to a great extent the main streets of earlier times. Where there are no such restrictions, Democratic and Republican officials arbitrarily prohibit this activity, as they did in our campaign when we were banned from petitioning outside of the public libraries in Champaign and Urbana. "These obstacles should not be seen as restrictions simply against the Socialist Equality Party. They are directed against the rights of working people to have a political alternative to the two-party system. The aim of such measures is to leave working people with nothing more than the right to choose between the representatives of two parties that essentially represent the same corporate interests. "Why are we running in this election? First, to give voice to all those who oppose the war in Iraq, a war that was organized on the basis of lies and which has already cost the lives of thousands of young American men and women and tens of thousands of Iraqis. "We are running to oppose the escalating attacks on democratic rights. Under the guise of the "war on terror" the Bush administration, with the active support of the Democratic Party, has spied on the telephone calls and financial activities of the American people, detained hundreds without trial, carried out torture and implemented other authoritarian measures. "We are also running to oppose the unrelenting assault on the living conditions of the broad masses of American workers. Nourished by a corrupt two-party system, a new aristocracy has arisen in America, which has created levels of social inequality without precedent in the history of this country. Corporate executives slash tens of thousands of jobs, demand pay cuts and the destruction of pensions and other benefits, while rewarding themselves with salaries of millions, tens of millions and even hundreds of millions of dollars. "Such extremes of wealth are incompatible with a democratic society. "The SEP will also oppose the anti-immigrant hysteria the two parties in Washington are attempting to whip up. The source of unemployment, low wages and cuts in social programs is not working people from Mexico or any other country, but the financial oligarchy that rules this country. Workers must have the right to live and work in whatever country they choose. "We fight for a socialist program to answer these problems, a program that places the needs of society before the profit interests of the wealthy elite. In the course of our campaign we intend to educate working people about what socialism means. The aim of the Socialist Equality Party is expressed in our name: to establish genuine social equality. "Elections should present before the people a genuine alternative. That is why I am running. "In conclusion, I want to make a warning. The Democratic Party will stop at nothing to try to prevent our party from being placed on the ballot. In 2004, when SEP candidate Tom Mackaman ran for state representative in the 103rd District, the Champaign County Democrats, directed by state party officials in Springfield, conducted a bad faith challenge to our nominating petitions in an effort to disqualify the signatures of hundreds of legally registered voters. "They dropped their effort only after we took legal action that showed that the vast majority of their challenges were frivolous and that party officials had used state employees to challenge our petitions in violation of the state's ethics laws. The press should exercise its responsibility and be vigilant in exposing a similar effort that we anticipate now." Parnarauskis reported that a Democratic Party functionary had already copied hundreds of the petition sheets the party had submitted in order to prepare a challenge. He said, "We will conduct a vigorous defense of our rights and the rights of those who want to see a political alternative." Following Parnarauskis' statement, reporters questioned him about his campaign. One reporter suggested that the war in Iraq was a national policy issue and asked what the SEP candidate would do if elected as a state legislator in Illinois. Parnarauskis responded, "I would use my position to show how the war in Iraq has had a dire impact on working people in the district. Billions are being thrown down the hole for this war that could be spent on vital social programs here. Working people are facing budget cuts, a collapse of the infrastructure, and schools that don't have new books. Elderly people are facing the choice of buying prescriptions or food because of the high costs of their medicines. "Tuition has increased sharply for students at the University of Illinois. I'm a registered nurse in the mental health care field and it's criminal that the mentally ill don't have the resources to meet their needs. Imagine what the half a trillion dollars being squandered on this illegal war could be used for. Most of the workers we spoke to understand this and are opposed to the war." Parnarauskis was also asked what layers of the population had supported his campaign by signing SEP petitions. He replied, "We gathered our 5,000 signatures in both Champaign and Vermilion counties. What impressed me was that we won support not only from students in the campus towns, where opposition to the war and the attacks on democratic rights is well known, but in the working class districts in Vermilion County, in places like Danville, where there is widespread disenchantment with the war and disgust over the attacks on democratic rights and living standards. "Most people believe in our right to have ballot access. They want more choices and an opportunity to vote for someone other than the Democrats and Republicans, and to fight against the war and social inequality." Parnarauskis was also asked if his campaign would hurt the Democratic Party. The SEP candidate said, "We are running against both big business parties, which are actively supporting the war. My Democratic opponent for state Senate, Michael Frerichs, says he is against the war. If he is against the war, why does he belong to a pro-war party? "The truth is the Democrats are collaborating with Bush and the Republicans and working people need their own party. Neither one of these big business parties wants a discussion on the war, the attacks on democratic rights and the growth of social inequality. That is why the Democrats, who are supporting Bush's right-wing policies, are desperate to keep us off the ballot." --------22 of x-------- Illinois Dems harass third parties Illinois Democrats prepare challenge against petitions to place SEP candidate on ballot By Jerome White 28 June 2006 http://www.wsws.org/articles/2006/jun2006/illi-j28.shtml Less than 24 hours after the Socialist Equality Party submitted nominating petitions to place its candidate for Illinois state Senate, Joe Parnarauskis, on the ballot, a functionary for the Illinois Democratic Party purchased copies of the petitions and began reviewing them. The action is clear evidence that the Democratic Party is preparing to conduct another fraudulent challenge to SEP petitions, just as it did in 2004 when party officials unsuccessfully attempted to disqualify the signatures of hundreds of legally registered voters and bar the SEP from the ballot. On Monday, Parnarauskis delivered petitions bearing the names of 4,991 registered voters to the State Board of Elections office in Springfield, Illinois. Because the party anticipated another challenge from the Democrats, the number of signatures was well above the 2,985 required to place Parnarauskis on the ballot for state Senate from the 52nd Legislative District, which includes the home of the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. The Democratic Party is reviewing the SEP petitions for one and only one reason - to keep a socialist candidate opposed to the war in Iraq and the right-wing policies of both major parties off the ballot and preserve the two-party monopoly of the American corporate elite. While the Democrats prostrate themselves before the Bush administration and the Republicans, they act with utter ruthlessness against their opponents on the left. The Democratic machine proceeds from transparently anti-democratic motives. It has no concern for the wishes of duly registered voters who signed the SEP petitions because they want to see an alternative to the two major parties on the ballot. The Democrats' past record of unscrupulous attempts to bar third party and independent candidates - including the Green Party and Ralph Nader as well as the SEP in 2004 - serves as a warning that it will employ all means, fair and foul, to keep Parnarauskis off the ballot in the November midterm election. According to the election board's web site, on Tuesday, June 27 at 8:45 a.m., Jim Rogal of Springfield, Illinois copied the 521 petition sheets submitted by the SEP. Rogal also copied the petitions of the Green Party's candidate in the 1st District in Chicago, Dorian Breuer, one of several Green Party candidates whose petitions were copied by Democratic Party operatives. Rogal is an employee of the Illinois Senate Democratic Fund, a political action committee that raises money for state Democratic candidates. When contacted by the World Socialist Web Site, Rogal said he copied the petitions to make sure the SEP had "complied with the law." He said it was his job to "review all petitions filed for state Senate" and claimed that he checked not only the petitions of the SEP and the Greens, but also those of the Democrats and Republicans. Although he is listed in the Illinois directory of state employees as an assistant chief of staff for the state Senate, and is cited on other web sites as a member of the staff of Emil Jones, the Democratic president of the Illinois Senate, Rogal said he no longer works for Jones and is now employed by the Democratic fundraising committee. It is illegal for paid employees of the state to carry out partisan activity during work hours under the state's Election Code and the State Employees Ethics in Government Act. In 2004, the Illinois Democrats challenged the nominating petitions of SEP candidate Tom Mackaman, who was running for state legislator in the 103rd District, which includes Champaign and Urbana. The challenge began with the Democrats using paid legislative staffers, including one directly employed by House Speaker Michael Madigan, to review the SEP's petitions. Paid staffers were also used to challenge the petitions of the Greens, the Libertarians and independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader. Geraldine Parr, a vice-chair of the Champaign County Democratic Party, then filed an objection that challenged more than half of the over 2,000 signatures filed by the SEP. It quickly emerged that the challenge was lodged in bad faith, replete with arbitrary objections to perfectly valid signatures. The objections had clearly been made without any serious examination of the registration records of voters in the county. When Democratic petition checkers were presented with the voter registration rolls during a preliminary examination of the signatures by the County Clerk 's office, they refused to withdraw the objections, even when shown proof that the signers were legally registered. As this was occurring, a spokesman for Madigan, one of the top Democratic officials in Illinois, slandered the SEP with the false accusation that it had submitted "phony petitions." After a month-long legal fight that included a line-by-line check by county officials that proved the validity of the vast majority of the signatures that had been challenged, the Democrats withdrew their objections, acknowledging that the SEP had more than enough signatures to qualify for the ballot. When asked by Andrew Spiegel, the SEP's attorney in Illinois, if the Democrats were preparing another such challenge to the SEP and the Greens, a lawyer for the Illinois Democrats said it was "too early to tell." The deadline for challenges is 5 p.m. on July 3. The Socialist Equality Party and the WSWS call on all those who signed petitions to place Joe Parnarauskis on the ballot, and all those who value and defend democratic rights, to contact the Illinois State Board of Elections immediately and demand that the legal rights of both the SEP and voters in the 52nd Legislative District be upheld, and that any attempt to disqualify the signatures of registered voters be halted. Send email messages to the Illinois State Board of Elections at webmaster [at] elections.state.il.us. Please send copies of all messages to the WSWS. https://www.wsws.org/phpform/use/comments/form1.html ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ - 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
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