Progressive Calendar 10.29.11 /2
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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)

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From: Michelle Gross <mgresist [at]>
Subject: CUAPB 10.29 1:30pm

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

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 10.29 2pm

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

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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:

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?

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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
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]

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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:

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From: scot b <earthmannow [at]>
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
For more information you could call 651 275 0247 or 651 999 - 9560

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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
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

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From: Karen Redleaf vegan14ever [at]
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)

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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]

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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
info call 651 645-9506

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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

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 ( and independent journalist who blogs at 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.

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                                                     To Serve and Protect
                                                     the Top One

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"It's OUR world!" say the
top one percent, "so get the
hell out! Now, dammit!"


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