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|From: David Shove (shove001umn.edu)|
|Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2011 11:03:03 -0700 (PDT)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 09.25.11 1. Afra Jalabi 9.25 1pm 2. Stillwater vigil 9.25 1pm 3. Single-payer 9.25 2:30pm 4. Silent auction 9.25 5pm 5. Animal rights 9.26 9am 6. No pipeline! 9.26 12noon 7. Jim Lobe - Obama throws Palestine under the bus -------1 of x-------- avperika [at] gmail.com Friends for a Non-Violent World Afra Jalabi 9.25 1pm Afra Jalabi to speak at FNVW this Sunday, 9/25/11 Syrian nonviolence activist will discuss recent murder of protest leader by regime Syrian freedom movement demonstrates power of nonviolent resistance Afra Jalabi, Syrian-Canadian activist, will bring news of the surging nonviolent protest movement in Syria directly to Minnesotans this Sunday at 1:00 pm. Friends for a Non-Violent World hosts the gathering at our offices, 1050 Selby Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55104; 651/917-0383; www.fnvw.org. Ms. Jalabi, whose compelling speech highlighted FNVW's Nonviolence in the Islamic Traditions conference last April 9 (http://vimeo.com/27304780 ), will tell the story of Ghiyath Mattar, the 26-year-old leader who was tortured and brutally murdered by the al-Assad regime on September 10th. Mattar's story is the story of all Syria's people, who steadily increase their commitment to nonviolence in the face of violent retaliation by the regime. And the story of thousands of nonviolent detainees remaining in custody, including movement elder Dr. Mohammad Alammar, just arrested for the third time. "...after the death of Ghiyath (hours before his arrest he was joking with me), something inside me shifted...So sweet and so new to the movement and yet passionate and willing to give it all and he did give more than all...I think he stands to give so much to the world. His death should not go in vain. It should become a catalyst of a new global [awareness]," Afra wrote to FNVW today. Afra Jalabi's family has promoted nonviolent resistance for 30 years in Syria. Thus she will also frame Syria's freedom movement as one of the most inspiring and powerful examples of nonviolent resistance since the US Civil Rights struggle and the independence movement in India of the 20th century. For all who are dedicated to nonviolence this is an not-to-be-missed opportunity to dialogue with someone involved in the prime nonviolent movement of our time. This event is free and open to the public. Please join us on Sunday at 1:00! Friends for a Non-Violent World 1050 Selby Avenue St. Paul, MN 55104 651/917-0383 www.fnvw.org (call or write for more information) --------2 of x-------- From: scot b <earthmannow [at] comcast.net> Subject: Stillwater vigil 9.25 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 < http://www.stcroixvalleypeacemakers.com/>http://www.stcroixvalleypeacemakers.com/ For more information you could call 651 275 0247 or 651 999 - 9560 --------3 of x-------- MUHCC Single-payer 9.25 2:30pm Dr. William Hsiao, international single-payer architect lecture September 25th 2:30pm- 4:00pm Neighborhood House at the Wellstone Center Room 272 179 Robie Street East, St Paul, MN Free parking in the parking ramp at the Wellstone Center The Minnesota Universal Health Care Coalition, Physicians for a National Health Program along with the Minnesota Nurses Association is excited to announce that Dr. William Hsiao will be speaking at an event on Sunday, September 25th at 2:30pm at the Neighborhood House at the Wellstone Center in room 272. This is a FREE event and there is free public parking in the parking ramp at the Wellstone Center. Click here to register. “Economist William Hsiao is one of the most interesting figures in health care. In 1988, the government of Taiwan asked the Harvard School of Public Health professor to lead an effort to overhaul the country's health-care system. The success of the single-payer system Hsiao designed attracted the notice of health reformers in Vermont, who persuaded then-Senate President Pro Tempore Peter Shumlin to make a similar system a centerpiece of his gubernatorial campaign. When Shumlin won, he asked Hsiao to develop a variant for the Green Mountain State.” --------4 of x-------- WAMM Silent auction 9.25 5pm WAMM’s 27th Annual Silent Auction Sunday, September 25, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. St Joan of Arc Church, 4537 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis. WAMM’s Silent Auction has been called “the best Silent Auction in town” and features over 200 items such as stays at vacation homes, theater tickets, gift certificates at restaurants, salon and wellness services, artwork, gourmet dinners, and much more. Be sure to stop by the Hot Buys tables where you will find small items to go. Enjoy a substantial complimentary buffet. Have fun and support the peace and justice movement at the same time! This is a huge project and a great way to get involved with WAMM. Suggested Donation: $10.00 to $30.00 (no one turned away). Reserve a table for eight in advance (call the WAMM office for details). Payment by cash and check preferred. FFI: Call WAMM, 612-827-5364. --------5 of x-------- TTT Animal rights 9.26 9am Tune in every Monday 9:00am to 10:00am on KFAI TruthToTell, Mon., Sept 26 @9AM: OUR ANIMALS, OURSELVES: Animal Rights vs. Welfare Call and join the conversation – 612-341-0980 – or Tweet us @TTTAndyDriscoll or post on TruthToTell’s Facebook page. Except for our children – perhaps not even them – is there any subject that evokes more emotion than our fellow mammals and living creatures – animals other than humans? We own them to the point of making them family – a killer when they don’t live as long as we do – then saunter off to the supermarket to buy fresh cuts of beef, pork, lamb, veal or poultry. At least a couple of our most cherished holidays center around meals of meat – turkey, ham, leg of lamb. We take drugs every day that were likely tested for years on various animals held in captivity and injected or otherwise exposed to diseases we’re trying to conquer well before we dare do the same to a human being. We tolerate – perhaps because of our distance from them – the raising and production of farm foodstuffs by way of highly restrictive feedlots – dairy products, pork, poultry, eggs and the like. And, yet, we almost go apoplectic if we see a dog or a cat or some other defenseless creature abused in any way. We’ve spent years roaming our zoos and aquariums, staring in or down at hundreds of species who have rounded up and essentially imprisoned for our entertainment. We attend circuses and similar events where animals have been trained and shown to serve our interests. We ride them and drive them and teach them to do the damnedest things – feats of astonishing prowess. In many places in the world, we’ve used animals to round up and kill other animals, or to pull our plows and carriages, or to race them in well-groomed ovals and bet on them to won , place or show. And we’ve turned their carcasses into thousands of different products – clothing, decorative objects, and accessories, among many – fur and leather and jewelry. In other words, animals have served humans of the world in a million ways – and in almost every case, we simply take all of those uses – here and everywhere else – for granted. Animals have also made millions for their owners and users. Some people have rebelled against all of these practices and abandoned any use or encouragement of uses of any and all animals. Most of these advocates call themselves vegan. Others – especially those in the animal welfare business believe that animal use for all the reasons cited have saved lives, fed us, sacrificed themselves for our better health, and entertained us, mostly without abuse or suffering, something we’d never tolerate at home. But animals are abused. Animals suffer severely for making us food and becoming our food, for entertaining us and pulling us around. The question may be: can we, could we, ever get along without them and, if we must use them, what can we do to eliminate the abuses we know take place in so many arenas of our lives – even among our domestic dogs and cats. I’m an absolute lover of all the dogs I’ve owned over the years. Hard to live without one, as we must do because of allergies. Love cats, too, but can’t be around them for five minutes without shutting down my lungs. I’m a meat eater – a carnivore. I’m neither vegan nor vegetarian. But I worry that our voracious appetites for cheap food and some drugs have led us to imprison many animals in unacceptably cruel circumstances. Many of those who employ animals in research and as food producers would agree. Others cannot tolerate any notion of animal use. TTT’s ANDY DRISCOLL and MICHELLE ALIMORADI speak with advocates all around the wheel of animal rights and animal welfare. You cannot believe how many different organizations represent one view or the other along this spectrum of animals in our lives. No program could possibly accommodate the hundreds of various advocates for one position or another. And yet almost all of us love our dogs and/or cats, birds, fish and sundry family members with tails and such. GUESTS: CYNTHIA S. GILLETT, DVM, ACLAM, CPIA – Institutional Veterinarian; Executive Director, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC); Director, Research Animal Resources, University of Minnesota UNNY NAMBUDIRIPAD – Executive Director, Compassionate Action for Animals MARILOU CHANRASMI – Co-Founder, Board Member and Former President, Minnesota Partnership for Animal Welfare (MnPAWS), Former President and current Board Member, Pet Haven, Inc. --------6 of x-------- No pipeline! 9.26 12noon Madeline Gardner maddyjean [at] gmail.com Stop TransCanada’s Keystone XL Pipeline! Monday September 26th. Noon - March from the Royal Bank of Canada Plaza 60 South 6th Street, Minneapolis, MN1 pm - Rally at the Canadian Consulate 701 4th Ave. S., #900, Minneapolis, MN On Monday September 26th, we will gather in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Canada. The Indigenous Environmental Network and other First Nation and environmental organizations will be protesting TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL Pipeline in Ottawa, Canada. The march will begin at the Royal Bank of Canada, who has investments in the Tar Sands and are helping to finance TransCanada’s Keystone XL Pipeline. We will then march to the Canadian Consulate and hold a rally to protest the Canadian Governments support of the Tar Sands and proposed pipeline. Bring Banners, Signs, Hand Drums, Rattles Facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=248742141835305 Sponsored by the Indigenous Environmental Network ; Twin Cities Tar Sands Action. Ffi: 218 760-0284 --------7 of x-------- Published on Sunday, September 25, 2011 by Inter Press Service<http://ipsnews.net/> Obama Throws Palestine Under the Bus by Jim Lobe <http://www.commondreams.org/author/jim-lobe> WASHINGTON -- The right-wing government of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu could not be more pleased. Not only did the allegedly most "anti-Israel" president ever repeat, for the nth time, that "America's commitment to Israel's security is unshakeable," but also made crystal clear that Washington will veto any Palestinian application to the U.N. Security Council for statehood in his speech this week to the U.N. General Assembly. Not once did he refer to Jewish "settlements" on Palestinian lands; nor did he even use the word "occupied" - or any declension of that word - to describe those lands and their people in an address that was largely, if ironically, devoted to celebrating this year's Arab struggles to end autocratic rule in their region. Nor was there a word about the plight of the still-besieged population of Gaza, or about the "1967 borders" as being the basis for any eventual two-state solution, a formula to which Netanyahu and his U.S. allies vehemently objected much to the consternation and exasperation of the White House only four months ago. Indeed, President Barack Hussein Obama, as his right-wing and Islamophobic critics like to call him, said nothing to which even the most right-wing faction of Netanyahu's government could object. "I congratulate President Obama, and I am ready to sign on this speech with both hands," enthused Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, the leader of the far-right - some say proto-fascist - Yisrael Beiteinu party, while Netanyahu himself called Obama's address to the U.N. General Assembly "a badge of honor". "Listening to him, you would think it was the Palestinians who occupy Israel," Hanan Ashrawi, a veteran Palestinian stateswoman, told Israel's Haaretz newspaper, noting what even the New York Times suggested seemed to be the "hypocritical" nature of Obama's enthusiasm for Arab democracy movements. "He presented a double standard when he disassociated the Arabs' fight for their freedom in the region from the Palestinian freedom fighters, who deal with the occupation for 63 years," she said. "What we heard is precisely why we are going to the U.N.," she added, sounding a theme that has been taken up all week by many Middle East specialists: By siding so ostentatiously with Netanyahu and against the Palestinian bid for statehood, Obama has forfeited Washington's 20-year exclusivity as broker of the clearly broken "peace process" between the two parties - a point made implicitly by the French President Nicolas Sarkozy's call for the General Assembly to upgrade Palestine's status to a non-member state. "Witnessing Netanyahu's stubborn rejectionism and President Obama's inability to move the ball forward, President Sarkozy appears to be acting on Obama's prediction last May at AIPAC (the annual meeting of the powerful American Israel Public Affairs Committee) - that … if there is no credible peace process, then others, including Europeans, will lose patience, and pursue alternatives to direct negotiations, including at the U.N.," according to Daniel Levy, a former Israeli peace negotiator now based at the New America Foundation here. Such alternatives will likely become more urgent, he noted, as a result of the "post-Arab Awakening era, one in which Arab democracy will be less tolerant of Palestinian disenfranchisement than Arab autocracy ever was." So why did Obama, who, speaking at the same podium exactly one year ago, set a deadline of this week for an agreement on Palestinian statehood, capitulate so abjectly to Netanyahu and the Israeli right? While his administration's defenders claim it has everything to do with keeping the "peace process" alive and minimizing the chances of a new round of violence between Palestinians and Israelis, the answer is politics, or, more precisely, the perceived power of the AIPAC-led "Israel Lobby" in an election year. "Once again, the transformational Obama has been sold out by the political Obama," wrote David Rothkopf, a national security expert at the Carnegie Endowment, on his foreignpolicy.com blog early in the week. Given his fading approval ratings and an economy that shows no signs of substantial improvement any time soon, the White House and Democrats on Capitol Hill appear increasingly panicked over their re- election prospects in November 2012. They will do nothing that risks alienating key constituencies, particularly Jewish voters in a couple of key "swing states", but most especially Jewish donors who account for an estimated between 40 and 50 percent of all contributions to national Democratic campaigns. Since the beginning of this year, but particularly since Netanyahu's May visit where he was rapturously received at the AIPAC conference, his Republican – and some Democratic – allies have deliberately and repeatedly promoted the notion that Obama's alleged pressure on Israel to freeze settlements and take other steps to advance the "peace process" was souring Jews, nearly 80 percent of whom voted for Obama in 2008, on the president and his party. When, on the eve of this week's U.N. meeting, a Tea Party Republican, who was endorsed by former Democratic Mayor Edward Koch to protest Obama's allegedly anti-Israel policies, defeated a Jewish Democrat in a heavily Jewish New York City Congressional district that Democrats had held for nearly 90 years, that meme was transformed into conventional wisdom, thus setting the stage for Obama's speech – or surrender - this week before the General Assembly. In fact, however, only seven percent of the mostly Orthodox Jewish voters in that election said Obama's policies toward Israel affected their vote, according to exit polls. And, while there has indeed been a substantial erosion in Jewish approval of Obama's performance, it has not been disproportionate to the loss of confidence in his leadership by the public at large, according to a recent Gallup poll. That survey, undertaken from Aug. 1 to Sep. 15, found that a 54- percent majority of Jewish respondents still approve of Obama, 13 percentage points higher than his overall 41 percent approval rating, and similar to the average 14-point gap between Jews and the general public seen throughout his term in office. "It's really about donors, not about votes, except perhaps in Florida (where Jews make up about five percent of the electorate)," according to M.J. Rosenberg, a veteran Israel analyst at Media Matters who worked for years at AIPAC and on Capitol Hill where AIPAC wields its greatest influence. "The surrender we've been watching lately is all about the money," he said. "What AIPAC and other key groups like the Anti-Defamation League and the American Jewish Committee do successfully is to convince both the White House and Congress that every dollar that comes from someone Jewish is about Israel, when, in fact, most Jewish donors are contributing because of a host of liberal causes they believe in – from social security and gay marriage to the environment," he told IPS. "But I'm sure that President Obama believes that his financial support from the Jewish community is heavily contingent on his backing for Netanyahu," according to Rosenberg. "And right now, everything he does is motivated by his desire for a second term." [So Obama throws Palestine under the bus. Millions of Americans will vote for him anyway; too bad for the Palestinians - or anyone else on dozens of other issues. American liberals have their GOP monster to avoid, so they say. "What else can we do?" It's a free country, but free only to vote for a teeny-tiny slower rush to the right and the dictatorship of the corporations and the top .0001 percent. Perhaps it will grant citizens an extra year or three before the worst. Not even a thought of progress. Only a slightly slower descent into hell. "What else can we do??" -ed] ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- clove shove .----------
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