Progressive Calendar 06.11.11
From: David Shove (
Date: Sat, 11 Jun 2011 11:55:15 -0700 (PDT)
             P R O G R E S S I V E   C A L E N D A R   06.11.11

1. WAMM benefit     6.11 1pm
2. CUAPB            6.11 1:30pm
3. Northtown vigil  6.11 2pm
4. Tornado aid      6.11
5. Chris Hedges     6.11 9pm

6. Crazy preachers  6.12 9am
7. Stillwater vigil 6.12 1pm
8. N tornado bene   6.12 5pm

9. Mark Weisbrot - Game change in Peru? Humala's big win

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From: Women Against Military Madness <wamm [at]>
Subject: WAMM benefit 6.11 1pm

Bon Voyage Open House for Anne and David Winkler-Morey
Saturday, June 11, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. 4504 Oakland Avenue South,

All WAMM members are invited to the Bon Voyage open house for Anne and
David Winkler-Morey who will leave on a 417 day bike trip on June 18. They
are trying to raise $5,000 for WAMM! At the open house you can eat and
socialize, see where they will be going on a large map, suggest places for
them to go, people to meet, etc, and give a WAMM donation in their honor.
$15.00 is 1/10 of one penny a mile pledge! $150.00 is a penny a mile.
$4.17 is a penny a day, $417.00 a dollar a day. No donation is too small
or too big. FFI: Visit

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From: Michelle Gross <mgresist [at]>
Subject: CUAPB 6.11 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 6.11 2pm

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

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From: Annie Young <anniey [at]>
Subject: Tornado aid 6.11

Saturday 6:00am at The Base, Minneapolis, MN

Mpls tornado and the residents of N. Minneapolis, the Twin Cities, greater
Minnesota, and friends present SUPER SA...TURDAY.

 A 1 day mega donation drive to support North Minneapolis residents who were
caught up in the May 22nd Tornado disaster Saturday June 11th. 6am to 6pm
2818 Washington Ave N. Minneapolis, MN 55411 ( off I-94 front road btw 28th
and 29th ave). Google directions SPECIFIED DONATION ITEMS - Non Perishable
foods ( Pref canned foods) - Hygiene Products - Gift Cards - Water - Pet

DO NOT BRING Clothes, toys, hardware, furnitute, and appliances. These
will be collected at a later date Come one, come all. Calling on residents
of the greater Minnesota to come through for our North Minneapolis
brothers, sisters, and children. Our kind hearts are second to none. The
'Base' is conveniently located off I-94 and Broadway, then up the I-94
front road west bound until 2818 ( btw 28th and 29th avenuess).

Tell your neighbors, fellow college students.U of M, Hamline, Macalester,
St Cloud State, Winona, Mankato, Bemidji, Duluth, St Olaf, e.t.c...we need
all of you to come through and support. Even 1 can of food is better than
none. Help us make this one of the biggest if not the biggest 1 day relief
donation drive. You have all week to collect items, then drive through on
Saturday. If possible too, reach out to your, local
supermarkets, grocery stores, businesses, e.t.c..we need everyone to
contribute The proceeds of this drive will go to your local first
responders within 24-48hrs hence INSTANT IMPACT of your donation. For
questions, email mplstornado [at]
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From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at]>
Subject: Chris Hedges 6.11 9pm

"The Death of the Liberal Class (Part 2)"

Chris Hedges, former NYTimes and Pulitzer Prize winning writer, on one of
the deepest cultural phenomena of our day: the failure of liberal
institutions such as the press, universities, churches and the Democratic
Party.  Part 2 includes Hedges' responses to audience questions plus a
little vintage David Rovics folk music. (filmed April 20)

MTN 17 viewers:
"Our World In Depth" cablecasts on Minneapolis Television Network (MTN)
Channel 17 on Saturdays at 9pm and Tuesdays at 8am, after DemocracyNow!
Households with basic cable may watch.
6/11, 9pm and Tues, 6/14 , 8am

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From: Minnesota Atheists <web [at]>
Subject: Crazy preachers 6.12 9am

Sunday, June 12, 9:00am-10:00am Atheists Talk Radio AM 950 KTNF in the
Twin Cities or stream live at

Guest:  Ed Brayton, 'Look at All the Crazy Preachers," Mike Haubrich
Interview, Scott Lohman, Host
( hosts.  Contact us during
the show with questions or comments at (952) 946-6205 or
[16]radio [at]

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From: scot b <earthmannow [at]>
Subject: Stillwater vigil 6.12 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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From: Arlana Vaughan <avaspecial [at]>
Subject: N tornado bene 6.12 5pm

Concert Sunday June 12th 5 pm
Northside Relief Benefit Fund

Donations to the Northside Relief Benefit Fund and and proceeds from the
Northside Relief Benefit Concert will go directly to support the Northside
community in their rebuilding efforts. Your charitable dollars will go
directly to nonprofit organizations whose missions are to provide:
shelter, food, medical services, counseling, child care, utility
assistance, youth mentoring and employment opportunities to the residents
of North Minneapolis.

Ticket Information:
Tickets available at the State Theatre Box Office, by phone at
800.982.2787, and online &

Please visit for more information.

Arlana Vaughan AVA Special Events Membership 1011 Lincoln Ave -St Paul, Mn
55105 612-408-6781

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[As North America gets worse, South America gets better. Spanish, anyone?

Game Change in Peru?
Humala's Big Win
June 7, 2011

The victory of left-populist candidate Ollanta Humala in Peru's election
is a "big f*ng deal," as Vice President Joe Biden famously whispered to
Obama on national TV in another context. With respect to U.S. influence in
the hemisphere, this knocks out one of only two allies that Washington
could count on, leaving only the right-wing government of Chile. Now
Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Uruguay and Peru
have left governments that are more independent of the United States than
Europe is. And Colombia under Manuel Santos is now siding with these
governments more than with the United States.

This means that regional political and economic integration will proceed
more smoothly; although it is still a long-term project. On July 5, for
example, heads of state from the whole hemisphere will meet in Caracas,
Venezuela, to proceed with the formation of CELAC, (Community of Latin
American and Caribbean States). This is a regional organization that
includes all countries except the United States and Canada, and which - no
matter what anyone says for diplomatic purposes - is intended to displace
the Organization of American States (OAS). The new organization is a
response to the abuse of the OAS by the United States (which controls most
of the bureaucracy) for anti-democratic purposes, most recently in the
cases of Honduras and Haiti.

These institutional changes, including the vastly expanded role of UNASUR
(the Union of South American Nations), are changing the norms and customs
of diplomatic relations in the hemisphere. The Obama Administration, which
has continued the policies of "containment" and "rollback" of its
predecessor, has been slow to accept the new reality. As a result, it does
not have ambassadors in Bolivia, Venezuela and Ecuador.

The election is also important for Peru, for a number of reasons. As
conservative Peruvian Nobel literature laureate and politician Mario
Vargas Llosa said, Humala's win "saved democracy." Former president
Alejandro Toledo said, "The people have won, democracy has won, the memory
of the people won. The people have opted for economic growth with social
inclusion." Indeed it would have sent a terrible message to Peruvians and
the world if the daughter of someone who is in jail for multiple political
murders were elected president. Although she made some efforts to distance
herself from his crimes, she was still running on his name and legacy, and
with the help of his advisers.

The election is interesting for other reasons. First, it is another
example of the voters going against the vast majority of the country's
rich and elite, including the most influential of that group - the major
media. Leftists may criticize Humala for some of the promises that he made
(e.g., no nationalizations) in order to get the support of some political
actors. But it remains clear that he was not the candidate of Peru's rich
and powerful. This is one of the great and nearly unprecedented things
about democracy in South America that has happened repeatedly in recent
years - that those who control most of the income, wealth, and means of
communication in a country can be defeated in an election. We are still a
long way from any such result in our own presidential elections in the
United States.

It is also interesting that Peru's traditional elite were defeated - in
both the first and second rounds of the election - despite record
economic growth over the last decade. GDP growth has averaged 5.7 percent
annually since 2000, about the highest in the region. To give credit where
credit is due, these governments (Alejandro Toledo's and Alan Garca's) got
their most important macroeconomic policies - fiscal, monetary, and
exchange rate - basically right, which has not been the norm in the
neoliberal era. They also responded to the world recession with
counter-cyclical policies and minimized the economic damage. As would be
expected from the economy's rate of growth, there were some improvements
in peoples' lives, including many poor people: The official poverty rate
declined from 55 percent in 2001 to 35 percent in 2009. Life expectancy
rose 70.5 to 73.5 and infant mortality fell from 35.1 to 19.4 per thousand
(from 2000-2009).

But by 2009, Peru still had 62 percent of its population living on less
than three dollars a day, and the percentage is certainly about the same
today - Peru is a majority-poor country. With vast regional, urban-rural,
ethnic, and overall income and wealth disparities - the poverty rate is 60
percent in rural, versus 21 percent in urban, areas - most people
understandably felt cheated. Most importantly, the governments of Garca
and Toledo didn't deliver on the kinds of big initiatives that the left
governments in the region delivered. Bolivia lowered the retirement age
from 65 to 58 and greatly expanded the public pension system, nationalized
its hydrocarbons industry, and increased social spending. Ecuador expanded
social spending, especially on health care. Venezuela provided free health
care to its citizens and tripled real social spending per capita, greatly
expanding education, including free university education. Brazil had a 60
percent real increase in the minimum wage (in Lula's eight years) and some
modest increases in anti-poverty spending. Peru's last two governments did
not do these kinds of things.

The lesson is clear: those political parties and governments that want to
make sure they are re-elected have to promise and deliver real economic
and social change. South America's left governments of the past have
helped to make this a part of the democratic process, and this influence
is likely to affect the region for many years to come.

Mark Weisbrot is an economist and co-director of the Center for Economic
and Policy Research. He is co-author, with Dean Baker, of Social Security:
the Phony Crisis. This column was originally published by The Guardian.


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