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|Date: Sat, 29 Oct 2011 14:03:55 -0700 (PDT)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 10.29.11 /1 1. CUAPB 10.29 1:30pm 2. Northtown vigil 10.29 2pm 3. Utopia 10.29 7pm 4. Atheist reality 10.30 9am 5. Marriage equality10.30 1pm 6. Stillwater vigil 10.30 1pm 7. Ivey house party 10.30 6:30pm 8. David Rovics 10.30 7pm 9. Iraqi house party 10.30 7pm 10. Samhain bonfire10.30 7pm 11. Allison Kilkenny - Police disguise protest sabotage as public safety 12. ed - Bumpersticker 13. ed - What THEY think (haiku) --------1 of 13-------- From: Michelle Gross <mgresist [at] visi.com> Subject: CUAPB 10.29 1:30pm Meetings: Every Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Walker Church, 3104 16th Avenue South http://www.CUAPB.org <http://www.cuapb.org/> Communities United Against Police Brutality 3100 16th Avenue S Minneapolis, MN 55407 Hotline 612-874-STOP (7867) --------2 of 13-------- From: Vanka485 [at] aol.com Subject: Northtown vigil 10.29 2pm Peace vigil at Northtown (Old Hwy 10 & University Av), every Saturday 2-3pm --------3 of 13-------- From:Tom Dooley Utopia 10.29 7pm This is the first meeting in a series by Jeff Mincey. Jeff has been a major contributor at Working Democracy events for the past 2 years. Join with others to share your vision for a better society and the strategies to make it happen. Jeff Mincey will facilitate the discussion of "What Utopia Looks Like from Here" at the inaugural meeting of the group, "Building Utopia - Minneapolis." FFI: everydaycitizen.com/jmincey/ At Mayday bookstore Cedar near Washington Av bridge, 7pm Mayday ph 612 333 4719 Which is the greater crime, to rob a bank or to own one? --------4 of 13-------- Atheist reality 10.30 9am Sunday, October 30, 9:00am-10:00am “Atheists Talk” Radio AM 950 KTNF in the Twin Cities or stream live at http://www.am950ktnf.com. Guest: Alex Rosenberg discusses The Atheist's Guide to Reality. Contact us during the show with questions or comments at (952) 946-6205 or radio [at] mnatheists.org. --------5 of 13-------- From; Kim DeFranco Marriage equality 10.30 1pm Sunday, October 30 · 1:00pm - 3:00pm Rally & March for Marriage Equality Now! At Peoples Plaza The fight for full marriage equality goes beyond an election next year as does the continuing fight for full rights for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people. Opponents of equality, by scapegoating LGBT people, immigrants, women and other marginalized communities, pursue a "divide and rule" agenda to prevent the rise of a united mass movement for full civil and economic rights for all. In order to build a community for marriage equality we will call out individual and corporate contributors standing in the way of equal rights. Organized by Join the Impact - Twin Cities Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=257846464235219 --------6 of 13-------- From: scot b <earthmannow [at] comcast.net> Subject: Stillwater vigil 10.30 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 --------7 of 13-------- From:Ivey campaign Ivey house party 10.30 6:30pm House Party: This Sunday, Oct 30 Calling all volunteers and Jim Ivey supporters! Join us to celebrate the final week of the campaign and find out how you can help Jim get the vote out! When: Sunday, October 30th 6:30 pm (Jim arrives 7:30 pm) Where: 122 W. Winifred (across from WSCO offices) Why: Three reasons (only one reason needed to come :) Meet Jim Ivey and learn about him (if you haven't met him) Support Jim Ivey (if you already support him, learn how you can help before the November 8th election) Have fun talking with neighbors! Light munchies served. Questions? Call Monica at: 651-246-5522 "We support Jim Ivey for Ward 2 St. Paul City Council because he is community-focused and neighborhood-friendly. His priorities include preserving green space for enjoyment and urban-farming. As a small business-owner, he is also focused on policies that support local businesses, including a buy local/shop local campaign. We enthusiastically support Jim Ivey because he has the energy and ideals to rejuvenate not just Ward 2, but our entire city." Monica Bryand, Tess Rizzardi and Elizabeth Dickinson -------8 of 13-------- From: Karen Redleaf vegan14ever [at] riseup.net David Rovics 10.30 7pm david rovics, in concert sunday, october 30th doors open 7 pm all nations indian church 1515 east 23rd st (bloomington ave s & 23rd st e) minneapolis $10 --------9 of 13-------- From: WAMM Iraqi house party 10.30 7pm House Party for Iraqi Delegation Sunday, October 30, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. 4201 South Dupont Avenue, Minneapolis. Join others at a house party to support cultural exchange and reconciliation between Iraqis and Americans. Nine physicians and one journalist from Minneapolis’ Sister City of Najaf will be the honored guests. The physicians are being hosted by the Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project (IARP) and local volunteers. They are coming to observe and learn from colleagues in Minnesota, build relationships with medical and academic organizations, and get to know Americans. They are working in Iraq to provide medical care amid conflict, violence, and occupation. Sponsored by: IARP and the Muslim Peacemaker Teams (MPT). FFI and to RSVP: Call Luke, 612-367-6194 or email luke [at] reconciliationproject.org. --------10 of 13-------- From: Mike Whelen Samhain bonfire 10.30 7pm Samhain Bonfire at Newell Park, Sunday, October 30, starting about 7 PM. Bring wood, bring marshmallows, bring your cold tootsies to get them warmed up. We'll dance the Bonfire dance around a real bonfire. Newell Park is on Fairview Avenue North in Saint Paul, at Pierce Butler Route. Singing and story-telling may ensue, as well as general merriment and intense flame gazing. info call 651 645-9506 --------11 of 13-------- Police Disguise Protest Sabotage As Public Safety by Allison Kilkenny Published on Saturday, October 29, 2011 by In These Times Common Dreams The Occupy movements, in addition to being some of the most important activist movements to come along in the United States in several decades, have helped underscore several societal crises. For example, the failure of the establishment media and the rise of the beltway pundit class, the disappearance of public space, and also vanishing civil liberties, to name only a few. Occupy has also served as a reminder of the ever-present police state, which rather than acting to "serve and protect," oftentimes crushes and suppresses freedom of expression. We've witnessed this in obvious, overt, batshit crazy behavior like police using horses to stampede into a Times Square crowd, and when Oakland police turned their city into a war zone. But there are subtler, far sneakier ways so-called public servants such as firefighters and the police, and by extension city officials, use the law as a weapon, or a convenient scapegoat, to control a rebellious faction of the population. I'm going to examine two recent examples in this post, but they are by no means meant to be a complete list. To highlight all of the ways police use the law to suppress the Occupy movements would take a book-length effort. First, there's the odd timing of the NYFD confiscating Occupy Wall Street's generators and fuel because they supposedly posed a danger. OWS has been in possession of these generators and fuel for quite some time, but the fire department chose to seize them the day before the first snow of the season is due. It's not unreasonable to suggest that Mayor Bloomberg, who previously lost a showdown with protesters over the cleaning of Liberty Park, now feels he needs to get creative with the eviction process. Placing protesters under constant police surveillance hasn't scared them off, nor have mass arrests, or physical abuse by police officers. If anything, these kinds of assault by the city have strengthened the movement's public popularity. A recent Quinnipiac University survey reported that 67 percent of New York City voters said they agree with the protesters' views. A whopping 72 percent of voters said law-abiding demonstrators can stay "as long as they want." Throughout the occupation, Bloomberg has looked painfully out-of-touch and foolish on several occasions, and even inept as a city leader. Surely, that has provided him with enough motivation to disguise protest sabotage as public safety. Then there's the outrageous example of Occupy Tucson, one of the comparatively smaller Occupy movements that has suffered a disproportionately large percentage of arrests. On any given weekday, there are about 100 occupiers demonstrating in city parks, according to Tucson Sergeant Maria Hawk. That's not exactly a wild surge in the population, or anything that should overwhelm the city. Yet, an astonishing 351 protesters have been arrested since the genesis of the movement. Hawk admits "most of the arrests were for remaining in a city park after hours." This was also one of the excuses given in Oakland, along with the usual, "your fuel tanks are going to raze the entire city to the ground" speech. The citation carries a $1000 fine, a potential prison sentence of six months in jail, and up to three years probation. Tucson activists rightly view this as an effort by police to bleed the movement financially instead of using bad PR-generating pepper spray and batons. While Occupy Wall Street got its moments to publicly "battle" the police and display how a force gone wild stifles dissent, Tucson is being quietly suffocated in the dead of night, and most of the public will be none the wiser. What's so deeply nefarious about this kind of civil rights assassination is that curfew and fire safety laws were created with genuine good intentions. It makes sense to not want individuals walking around in secluded, dark spaces at night, or not allow people to create bonfires in the middle of grounds covered in dry grass. But these well-meaning laws are now being used to crush the First Amendment. Some readers might be asking themselves: But Allison, how can we tell the difference between when the cops are trying to protect citizens, and when they're using public safety laws to disguise protest sabotage? Well, it's quite easy. Here's an example: Let's give the OPD some credit and assume they really were concerned protesters were going to start a fire with their fuel. Why not walk in and seize the equipment? Why escalate the enforcement of a public safety regulation into full-blown warfare on the streets of Oakland, including critically injuring a war veteran? Unless, of course, what happened in Oakland was never about public safety, and all about crushing the will of the protesters. It's not very safe for the public to, say, shoot them with rubber bullets, tear gas them, and explode flash bang grenades in their midsts. Another example: Let's assume the NYPD is super freaked out by OWS having generators. Why wait until the day before first snowfall to seize them? Were these generators not a public safety issue on the first day of the occupation? What was special about October 28, 2011 that suddenly turned generators into Public Enemy Number One? Unless, of course, this has nothing to do with public safety and everything to do with crushing one of the most successful branches of the Occupy movement. The answers to these questions should seem fairly obvious to anyone who is familiar with how law enforcement agencies prefer to handle public dissent. The NYPD, OPD, and Tucson police don't want a bloody, drawn out war on their hands. It'll look terrible in the media, and public sentiment is already on the side of the protesters. What police and city officials prefer is a death by a thousand subtle little cuts. Take the generators, issue tickets, pull down the tents, and make life unbearable for the protesters. Hope they give up and go home when it snows, and if that doesn't work, try to freeze the bastards out. © 2011 In These Times Allison Kilkenny is the co-host of the progressive political podcast Citizen Radio (wearecitizenradio.com) and independent journalist who blogs at allisonkilkenny.com. Her work has appeared in The American Prospect, the L.A. Times, In These Times, Common Dreams, Truthout and the award-winning grassroots NYC newspaper The Indypendent. --------12 of 13-------- ------------------------------ To Serve and Protect the Top One Percent - ---- -------------------------- --------13 of 13-------- "It's OUR world!" say the top one percent, "so get the hell out! Now, dammit!" ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Shove, latterday Jove
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