Progressive Calendar 04.09.11
From: David Shove (
Date: Sat, 9 Apr 2011 01:52:17 -0700 (PDT)
              P R O G R E S S I V E   C A L E N D A R   04.09.11

1. Sustain community  4.09 8:30am
2. Islam/nonviolence  4.09 9:30am
3. Killer drones      4.09 10am
4. Palestine          4.09 1pm
5. CUAPB              4.09 1:30pm
6. Northtown vigil    4.09 2pm
7. Save our schools   4.09 2pm
8. Bradley Manning    4.09 2pm
9. ArabAm theater     4.09 7:30pm

10. Atheist radio     4.10 9am
11. Coke busts unions 4.10 12:30pm
12. Stillwater vigil  4.10 1pm

13. Paul Harris - The Koch brothers: all the influence money can buy

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From: Alliance for Sustainability <sean [at]>
Subject: Sustain community 4.09 8:30am

6th Annual Sustainable Communities Conference - Saturday April 9, 2011 Central
Lutheran Church, 333 12th Street S. Mpls 55404,  8:30am to 4:30pm

Please join us and bring your friends! Get inspired and find fun spring
and summer project ideas! Join 400+ volunteers from Twin Cities
neighborhoods, community gardens, congregations, schools and transition
towns. Meet your neighbors over lunch ($5 Chow Girls.) After lunch find
ways to help meet OUR city and county sustainability goals, and enjoy a
Community Sing! [2]
Free Event

9am Keynotes!
 Rob Hopkins, Author of the Transition Handbook and member of Transition
Totnes, U.K.  - Creating Resilient Communities.
 Krista Leraas, Harvest Moon Backyard Farmers - Meeting our Fundamental
Human Needs the work of Manfred Max Neef.
 Lea Gardner  Invest in MN Campaign - Take Action to protect our MN
 Music by Brett Hesla & Mary Preus, MN Community Sings

Lunch $5 Chow Girls
Kids Activities

Project Workshops
10am Project Workshops
- Community Efficiency & Solar
- Bike/walk & transit organizing
- Neighborhoods of Rain Gardens
- Starting a Community Garden
- Transition Towns 101
- Recycling & composting  outreach
- Using song, dance, & murals
- Awakening the Dreamer
- Eco-psychology  the Inner Work of Transtion
- Collaborating for Whole Systems Change

11:30 Outreach Skill Building
- Transition Towns Networking
- Local Food Resource Hubs
- Neighborhood Environment grps
- Congregational Green Teams
- Youth Climate Activism - YEA!MN
- Back Yard Inventors & Engineers
- City Environmental Commissions
- State & Federal Policy Advocacy
- Greening Your Business
- Community Artists

Meet Your Neighbors!
12:30 - Have Lunch with Your Neighbors ($5 Chow Girls) meet for lunch with
others from your community to share your project ideas and plan next steps.

1:30 - Working together to meet OUR city/county sustainability goals. Find
practical ways neighbors can work together to meet them. City Council Members
and city & county staff want to hear your ideas!
- Energy Conservation/ Solar
- Recycling/ Organics/ Zero waste
- Biking /Walking, Transit Access
- Local Food &  Gardening
- Water Quality/ Urban Forestry
- Growing a Green Economy
- Safe and Affordable Housing
- Environmental Health & Justice
- Block Clubs/ Neighborhoods/ Safety

3pm Networking & Resource Tables  3:30pm - Community Sing with Brett Hesla &
Mary Preus

3:30pm  Workshops - Green Career Networking  Green Career Tracks,  Relating
from We  Vonda Vaden &  Yogiraj Achala, Overstuffed:  How to enjoy more, spend
less, and be kinder to the planet.   Nicole Lynsky Psycology of Sustainable
Behavior Change - Dr. Christie Manning

8pm - After the conference get a discount for Larry Long's Don't Stand
Still CD release concert - Saturday April 9, 8:00pm at the Loring Theater
1407 Nicollet Ave S Mpls, MN 55403 [12][13] a benefit for
Community Celebration of Place.[14]

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From: Rowley Clan <rowleyclan [at]>
Subject: Islam/nonviolence 4.09 9:30am

Friends for a Non-Violent World would like to invite you to a timely and
exciting conference:  Ways of Peace II: Nonviolence in the Islamic
Traditions, on April 9, 2011, 9:30am - 6:30pm at the University of St
Thomas, OEC Auditorium.

The current demonstrations in the Middle East point to an exciting
trend:  People in Muslim-majority countries peacefully seeking
less-oppressive societies.  As Afra Jalabi, Canadian scholar, activist
and conference speaker, said of the demonstrations, "A nonviolent giant
is waking up the world over..."

We have lined up a diverse group of experts from Minnesota, Turkey,
Canada and the U.S.  The conference will mark the regional premier of
Badshah Khan: The Frontier Gandhi, a new film about this little-known
Islamic leader, who assembled 100,000 Muslims in pre-partition India to
work in the nonviolent movement for independence from Britain.

Speakers include:
Congressman Keith Ellison
Mel Duncan
Afra Jalabi
Yahya M. Michot
Adil Ozdemir
Dr. Fatma Reda
Kathleen McKay
Abdisalam Adam
T.C. (Teri) McLuhan

The conference is being offered jointly by FNVW, the Muslim Christian
Dialogue Center (MCDC) at University of St. Thomas, and its Justice and
Peace Studies Department.  Admission is $15, $10 students.  More
information and registration is available on line at, or by
calling the office at 651/917-0383.

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From: Women Against Military Madness <wamm [at]>
Subject: Killer drones 4.09 10am

Video Presentation: "Silent Screams: The Drones Can't Hear the Groans of
People Dying on the Ground...Do We?"
Saturday, April 9, 10:00 a.m. to Noon Van Cleve Community Center, 905
15th Avenue Southeast, Minneapolis.

Spotlighting the destructive costs of U.S. wars, this documentary ties
together the plight of defenseless civilian victims abroad with the
hardship of millions in America whose vital needs go unmet as a result of
increased military spending. Produced and directed by Central Iowa peace
activist Karla Hanson. Free and open to the public. Everyone welcome!
Coffee and refreshments provided. Sponsored by: Women's International
League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). FFI: Call 651-645-6992.

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From: Jordan Ash <jordanash79 [at] GMAIL.COM>
Subject: Palestine 4.09 1pm

Jewish Voice For Peace - US Tour
Saturday,April 9, 1 PM
Macalester College Art Building, Room 113

Palestinian students and teachers face unlawful detention, armed
harassment, curfews, checkpoints, closed schools, dorm raids, the
apartheid wall, apartheid roads, illegal arrest, and bombed schools and

So why is TIAA-CREF - which is the world's premier retirement fund for
educators and claims to offer "financial services for the greater good --
invested in companies that create these barriers?

This spring, Jewish Voice for Peace is proud to bring a young Palestinian
activist from the West Bank to share with us the challenges facing
students and youth who live under Israel's military occupation, and their
inspiring struggle to hold companies like TIAA-CREF accountable for the
impact of their investments in the Occupation.

About the Speaker

Born in Jerusalem to a refugee family originally from the 1948 city of Al
Lod, Mira Dabit has been a political and youth worker, as well as a
folkloric storyteller for many years. After graduating from Birzeit
University she went to Ireland, north and south, where she worked with
community initiatives for three years.

Now, Mira has returned to Palestine to continue her work and activism with
the Right to Education campaign at Birzeit University, with theater
projects for youth and with other initiatives that strive to make
marginalized voices heard.

For more information go to <> or
email <Minnesota [at]>

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From: Michelle Gross <mgresist [at]>
Subject: CUAPB 4.09 1:30pm

Meetings: Every Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Walker Church, 3104 16th Avenue

Communities United Against Police Brutality
3100 16th Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Hotline 612-874-STOP (7867)

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From: Vanka485 [at]
Subject: Northtown vigil 4.09 2pm

Peace vigil at Northtown (Old Hwy 10 & University Av), every Saturday

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From: Women Against Military Madness <wamm [at]>
Subject: Save our schools 4.09 2pm

Stand Up for Public Education: Testimonials from the Struggle to Save Our
Saturday, April 9, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation
Building, 312 Central Avenue Northeast, Minneapolis.

The keynote speaker for this spring's PEJAM forum will be Karen Lewis,
recently elected President of the Chicago Teachers Union and a member of
Caucus of Rank and File Educators. In her election acceptance speech last
June, Ms Lewis declared, "Today marks the beginning of the end of
scapegoating educators for all the social ills that our children, families
and schools struggle against every day. Today marks the beginning of a
fight for true transparency in our educational policy - how to accurately
measure learning and teaching, how to truly improve our schools, and how
to evaluate the wisdom behind our spending priorities."

This event is part of PEJAM's ongoing efforts to defend public education
and the unions that empower our teachers and families. Additional speakers
will discuss the current efforts to counter the national and local attacks
on our schools, our teachers, and our communities.  Topics covered will
include the ongoing struggle to keep North High School alive, the closing
of Cityview, school changes in St. Paul and reports from Wisconsin
teachers, whose collective bargaining rights are under attack by their
governor. Sponsored by: The Public Education Justice Alliance of Minnesota

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From: Facebook <notification+kr4ma254ennx [at]>
Subject: Bradley Manning 4.09 2pm

Event: Minneapolis Sign-Making Contest for Bradley Manning!
Start Time: Saturday, April 9 at 2:00pm
End Time: Saturday, April 9 at 3:30pm
Location: Minneapolis Public Library Central Library

Thanks, The Facebook Team
To see more details, follow the link below:

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From: Mizna <mizna [at]>
Subject: ArabAm theater 4.09 7:30pm

April 9-May 1: Arab American Theater at Pangea

Mizna is pleased to cosponsor with Pangea World Theater a reading of
Kathryn Haddad's forthcoming play as well as a poetry-based multi-media
performance and eleven days of related events.

Zafira (Warrior Princess of the World) Written by Kathryn Haddad, directed
by Dipankar Mukherjee. It is the not-so-distant future and suicide bombers
have hit simultaneous cities across the United States. Arab and Muslim
Americans are official enemies of the state and have been ordered into
internment camps. Zafira (Warrior Princess of the World) tells the story
of one Arab American woman&#x02bc;s experience leading up to, during, and
after her internment.

April 9 & 14, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
$5  Buy tickets now 
At Pangea World Theater 
711 West Lake Street, Minneapolis, 55408

Eleven Reflections on September Written, directed, and performed by Andrea
Assaf. A poetry-based, multi-media performance on the Arab American
experience, Wars on/of Terror, and "the constant, quiet rain of death
amidst beauty" that each autumn brings in a post-9/11 world, this
full-length theater production is based on the series of poems Andrea
Assaf has been writing since 2001, spanning the fall of the towers, the
on-going wars, and the current revolutions sweeping through the Arab
world. This multi-disciplinary project includes performances with
interactive media design and live music, nightly community dialogues, a
visual arts exhibit, open mic nights, panels, and opportunities for

Assaf is collaborating with Minneapolis-based media designer and artistic
director of Aniccha Arts, Pramila Vasudevan, and other guest artists to
create a holistic, interactive design. The musicians Salah Fattah, Tim
O'Keefe, and Aida Shahghasemi will add a rich, non-verbal dimension to the
experience of the poetry.

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From: Minnesota Atheists <web [at]>
Subject: Atheist radio 4.10 9am

Sunday, April 10, 9:00am-10:00am  Atheists Talk Radio
AM 950 KTNF in the Twin Cities or stream live at
Guest:  Martin Rundkvist, Swedish atheist archaeologist.  Mike Haubrich
( hosts.  Contact us
during the show with questions or comments at (952) 946-6205 or
radio [at]

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[Things go badder with Coke -ed]

From: Women Against Military Madness <wamm [at]>
Subject: Coke busts unions 4.10 12:30pm

Film Screening: "The Coca-Cola Case"
Sunday, April 10, 12:30 p.m. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2730 East 31st
Street, Minneapolis.

This film highlights the reality of union busting at Coca-Cola bottling
plants overseas. "The Coca-Cola Case" is an in-depth look at the secret
world of a powerful multi-national corporation and a harsh reminder of the
importance of knowing more about the products you consume or support. Free
and open to the public. Sponsored by: the Holy Trinity Peace with Justice

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From: scot b <earthmannow [at]>
Subject: Stillwater vigil 4.10 1pm

A weekly Vigil for Peace Every Sunday, at the Stillwater bridge from 1- 2
p.m.  Come after Church or after brunch ! All are invited to join in song
and witness to the human desire for peace in our world. Signs need to be
positive.  Sponsored by the St. Croix Valley Peacemakers.

If you have a United Nations flag or a United States flag please bring it.
Be sure to dress for the weather . For more information go to

For more information you could call 651 275 0247 or 651 999 - 9560

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[Things go badder with Kochs  -ed]

The Koch Brothers: All the Influence Money Can Buy
by Paul Harris
Published on Friday, April 8, 2011 by The Guardian/UK

Not just liberals but conservatives should be deeply worried by a
revelatory investigation of the libertarian billionaires' lobbying

The idea that Charles and David Koch are liberal btes noires is not new.
Over the past year, the elderly brothers, head of the vast Koch Industries
business empire, have occupied top spot in the demonology of the left.

Across a range of activities - from the birth of the Tea Party to
undermining unions in Wisconsin, to opposing efforts to curb global
warming - they have been believed by many Democrats to be forever lurking
behind the headlines. Now, a brilliant piece of investigative reporting by
the Washington-based watchdog Centre for Public Integrity has detailed the
Kochs' vast political and lobbying operations. It makes sobering and
deeply disturbing reading. After all, it is one thing to believe that out
there somewhere the devil exists, but reading the CPI report feels a
little like being given his phone number.

The sums of money spent in furthering Koch (pronounced like the drink
coke, no matter how tempting it is to rhyme it with rock) interests and
power are staggering. But what is most disturbing is how rapidly they are
growing. In 2004, the CPI found, the Kochs spent a "mere" $857,000 on
lobbying. In 2008, that had grown to $20m dollars. Over the next two
years, they then spent a further $20.5m.

The causes are varied but self-centred around the vital interests of Koch
Industries such as oil, energy, chemicals and financial products.
Employing no less than 30 lobbyists in Washington, Koch Industries has
lobbied to change more than 100 pieces of federal legislation. They
included trying to loosen regulations on potentially poisonous substances
like dioxins, benzene and asbestos. They have pushed back against
restrictions on carbon emissions and funded thinktanks and groups that
promote efforts to discredit climate change science. They tried to soften
attempts at financial reform where the Kochs operate in the derivatives
market. Wherever a law touched on a Koch corporate interests, there were
the company's lobbyists trying to gut, deaden or defeat any attempt at

The Kochs defenders argue that none of this should be surprising. The
Kochs are fiercely political libertarians and thus believe much of
government is wrong and that companies should be freed from the shackles
of regulation. They openly fund libertarian organisations and, surely,
have every right to promote their political ideology in any (legal) way
they can. Just as every other American does.

That is true. Or at least it would be if the Kochs' activities were
consistent with their proclaimed ideology. But the genius of the CPI's
work is exposing that it is not. The Kochs (who, remember, oppose
government intervention as anti-capitalist) should have nothing to do with
the heavily subsidised ethanol industry. Yet, in fact, the Kochs are
responsible for buying and marketing about one tenth of all ethanol
produced in the US, effectively cashing in on government largesse.
Likewise, the Kochs have vociferously opposed a cap-and-trade system for
carbon emissions in the US. Yet, in Europe, the Kochs make millions from
trading in emissions credits.

When fighting government regulation helps them maximise profits - even by
putting the rest of us at risk from cancer-causing chemicals - they are
all about libertarianism. Yet when government rules or subsidies provide
an opportunity to make some money, that free-market ideology is quietly

No wonder Koch lobbyists also fought for the recent tax breaks for the
rich. For the Kochs (tied at 18th place in Forbes' latest rich list) are
worth $22bn apiece. The brothers must have been laughing all the way to
the bank when those tax breaks got passed. Reading the CPI report, it
becomes clear that the Kochs are not really ideological at all: what
really motivates them is simply cold, hard cash.

So when it comes to worrying about the Kochs' influence on the political
system in the US, conservatives should really be joining liberals in
getting nervous.

 Guardian News and Media Limited 2011
Paul Harris is a US correspondent for the Guardian and Observer


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