Progressive Calendar 03.08.12 /2
From: David Shove (
Date: Thu, 8 Mar 2012 10:39:57 -0800 (PST)
*P R O G R E S S I V E   C A L E N D A R   03.08.12  *

1. Copwatch           3.08 6pm
2. Full moon walk    3.08 7pm
3. Corp personhood 3.08 7pm
4. City planning       3.08 7pm

5. Laurie Penny - That's enough politeness – women need to rise up in anger
6. ed                -  Haiku Open (write a haiku, send it here)

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Copwatch 3.08 6pm

Copwatch Training
March 8 at 6:00 p.m.
720 Washington Ave SE (US Bank Building), Minneapolis
Learn to effectively monitor and document police conduct while preserving
your own rights and teaching others about theirs.

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From: Seasnun seasnun [at]
Full moon walk 3.08 7pm

Celebrate International Women's Day!
Coldwater Full Moon Walk
Meet at the Front Gate to Coldwater Spring
Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 7 PM

On the global stage our mother is the earth. Let's memorialize the day by
walking respectfully on the earth even as women's rights and the earth are
being trashed by politicians and business-as-usual. Consider each step a

Traditional group howl!
Sunset 6:10 PM (41-minutes later than last month)
Moonrise 7:03 PM (1-hour and 20-minutes later than last month.)

DIRECTIONS: Coldwater Spring is between Minnehaha Park & Fort Snelling, in
Minneapolis, just North of the Hwy 55/62 interchange. From Hwy 55/Hiawatha,
turn East (toward the Mississippi) at 54th Street, take an immediate right,
& drive South on the frontage road for ½-mile to a parking meter. Coldwater
is at the end of the road.

PARKING ALERT: Parking meters cost 75-cents per hour until midnight. Either
bring quarters or plan to park in the neighborhood, across Hwy 55.
Free. Open to all.

COLDWATER ON THE RADIO on International Women's Day
Thursday, March 8 from 9:30-11 PM
KFAI-FM 90.3 (Minneapolis) 106.7 (Saint Paul
Rmay will host a discussion of "Women of Purpose" with Diana and Malia from
Occupy and Susu from Friends of Coldwater

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From: WAMM
Corp personhood 3.08 7pm

A Talk by Robin Monahan: "Corporate Personhood: The Rise of the Corporate
Power" Thursday, March 8, 7:00 p.m. Parish Community of St. Joseph, 8701
36th Avenue North (corner of Boone), New Hope.

Robin Monahan is a native Minnesotan and became politically active after
January 2010 when the U.S. Supreme Court, with its ruling in Citizens
United v. Federal Election Commission, declared "corporations, for the sake
of law, are persons." After walking across the United States from May to
October 2010, with his brother Laird, to raise awareness about the issue of
corporate personhood, Robin became a volunteer for Minnesota Move to Amend.
That organization states: "We, the People of the United States of America,
reject the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling, and move to amend our Constitution
to firmly establish that money is not speech and that human beings, not
corporations, are entitled to constitutional rights." Robin will speak
about the Move to Amend as well as the efforts of others who believe that
corporations are not people and must not be permitted to buy elections and
run our government.
Free and open to the public. Sponsored by: Northwest Neighbors for Peace
(NWN4P). FFI: Call Carole, 763-546-5368.

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From: Karen Nelson <karen.nelson [at]>
City planning 3.08 7pm

Talk-It Hennepin, a New Public Conversation and Workshop Series,
Runs March–June 2012

City Planning and Design Series addresses the history of
Hennepin Avenue in March and Creative Urban Intervention in April

MINNEAPOLIS­Today, Hennepin Theatre Trust announced the launch of Talk-It
Hennepin, a free, four-part series of public conversations and workshops
bringing together today’s foremost thinkers and professionals in city
planning and urban design with Hennepin Avenue stakeholders. Running from
March 8 into June 2012, the Talk-It series is part of the broader Plan-It
Hennepin, a year-long initiative led by partners Hennepin Theatre Trust,
Walker Art Center, Artspace and the City of Minneapolis. Funded by the
National Endowment for the Arts, the plan will re-imagine a stretch of this
storied avenue as a revitalized cultural corridor from the Minneapolis
Sculpture Garden to the Mississippi River.

The Talk-It conversations will range from the history of Hennepin Avenue to
emerging cultural districts and global trends in urban planning, transit
and public space. They will be paired with follow-up, interdisciplinary
workshops conducted by Twin Cities’ artists to help define values, vision
and achieve goals. Honoring History: The Avenue through the Ages, the first
Talk-It event, is set for 7–9 p.m., Thursday, March 8 at the Minneapolis
Central Library, tracing the Avenue’s evolution from a Native American
footpath to a modern thoroughfare. The correlating workshop will be held
Saturday, March 10 from 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., also at the Library. The
second Talk-It Hennepin event is Creative Urban Interventions­A Dialogue
with Candy Chang, scheduled for 7–9 p.m., Thursday, April 26, at Walker Art
Center. Chang is an artist, designer and urban planner who often combines
street art with social activism.

Details about the final two Talk-It Hennepin conversation/workshops,
scheduled for May and June, will be announced soon. For more information
about Plan-It and Talk-It Hennepin visit

Talk-It Hennepin­Conversation and Workshop Series

Talk-It Hennepin: Honoring History­The Avenue Through the Ages
Thursday, March 8, 7–9 p.m.
Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall (Pohlad Room, 2nd Floor)

Talk-It Hennepin kicks off with a panel of local historians and experts in
Native history, transit and GLBT issues examining the stories and histories
of Minneapolis’ first street and gathering place. Discussion will range
from Hennepin Avenue’s roots as a Dakota footpath and a
trading/transportation hub for fur, agricultural commodities and people, to
its modern transformation and function within the city’s evolving economy.
Panelists include: Syd Beane, author and adjunct professor at Minneapolis
Community and Technical College and a community organizer who is working on
a documentary film about his famous Dakota Sioux uncle, Charles Alexander
Eastman; Dorothy Bridges (moderator) Senior Vice President for Community
Development and Outreach at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis; John
Diers, a transit consultant and writer/researcher on transportation history
based in the Twin Cities who is active in historic preservation; Kevin
Murphy, Associate Professor in History at the University of Minnesota whose
studies include gender, the history of sexuality and GLBT history; and
Penny Peterson, historian/researcher at Hess Roise and Company who has
published articles about local history and worked as an interpreter for the
Minnesota Historical Society.

Talk-It Hennepin Workshop: Honoring History
Saturday, March 10, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Minneapolis Central Library (Doty
This public planning workshop will engage participants in creative
activities to explore Hennepin Avenue’s history and values to help guide
planning. Everyone is welcome, regardless of previous attendance at the
March 8 conversation.

Talk-It Hennepin: Creative Urban Interventions­A Dialogue with Candy Chang
Thursday, April 26, 7–9 p.m., Walker Art Center Cinema, 1750 Hennepin Ave.,
Candy Chang, artist, designer, urban planner and co-founder of the New
Orleans-based studio Civic Center, likes to make cities more comfortable
for people. Many of her projects combine street art with urban planning and
social activism, sparking conversations among strangers in public places
and providing people with easy and innovative ways to have a voice. She
will draw on many of these concepts in her Talk-It Hennepin conversation.
With Before I Die, she transformed an abandoned house in New Orleans into
an interactive wall where residents could share their dreams; The Atlantic
called it “one of the most creative community projects ever.” She created
fill-in-the-blank I Wish This Was stickers for people to express what they
want in vacant storefronts. She’s worked with communities around the
world­New York, Johannesburg, South Africa; Finland, Nairobi, Kenya;
Vancouver, Canada; Querétaro, Mexico and Almaty, Kazakhstan­to address
issues ranging from tree-planting to street vendors’ rights. Chang is a TED
Senior Fellow and an Urban Innovation Fellow. She was named a “Live Your
Best Life” Local Hero by Oprah Magazine. This Talk-It Hennepin conversation
is presented by Forecast Public Art, Walker Art Center and Hennepin Theatre

Talk-It Hennepin Workshop: Creative Urban Interventions
Saturday, April 28, 10 a.m.–2:00 p.m., Walker Art Center, Skyline Room
>From the perspective of the Walker’s Skyline Room, workshop participants
will articulate visions for the Avenue through words, drawings, skits,
dance, sculptures and other forms to provide additional information to
blend traditional city planning with cultural planning. Everyone is
welcome, regardless of previous attendance at the April 26 conversation.

Background: Earlier this year, Hennepin Theatre Trust received a National
Endowment for the Arts “Our Town” grant to develop plans to revitalize
Hennepin Avenue into a cultural corridor working with Walker Art Center,
Artspace, owner/operator of The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing
Arts, and the City of Minneapolis. This creative placemaking initiative,
which coincides with the recent Minneapolis Downtown 2025 broader plan,
will include recommendations for transit and infrastructure improvements,
public art, streetscape designs and ways to increase cultural events and
collaboration among the Avenue’s many cultural, business and educational
organizations. An urban design team, led by Twin Cities landscape architect
Bob Close and architect Mic Johnson, both of AECOM (formerly Ellerbe
Beckett), will gather community input and ideas from the workshops to
inform streetscape, infrastructure, transit and development.

“With a little more conversation and coordination among these groups, we
believe Hennepin Avenue could see a big uptick in the volume of visitors
and arts activities,” said Tom Hoch, Hennepin Theatre Trust President/CEO.
Added Olga Viso, Walker Art Center Director, “We hope for the public
conversation series to enrich and expand discussions about contemporary
city design and issues related to cultural districts and corridors, urban
public space and arts-driven economic development.”

Tickets are free, but RSVPs are requested and limited to available space.
To confirm your attendance and for more information please visit
HENNEPIN THEATRE TRUST, non-profit owner of the historic Orpheum, State,
Pantages and the newly developed New Century Theatres, is dedicated to
enriching the vibrant cultural atmosphere of the Twin Cities.

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Published on Thursday, March 8, 2012 by The Independent/UK
That's Enough Politeness – Women Need to Rise Up in Anger
by Laurie Penny

To get into the UN Commission on the Status of Women, you have to get past
several ranks of large armed men. In the foyer, you can buy UN women-themed
hats and tote bags, and pick up glossy pamphlets about this year's
International Women's Day, but what you can't pick up is the slightest
sense of urgency. In the 101 years since the first International Women's
Day, all the passionate politics seems to have been leached out of the
women's movement.

International Women's Day began as a day of rebellion and outlandish
demands – Equal pay! Votes for women! Reproductive rights! – but 101 years
later, judging by the invitations in my email inbox, it seems to be more
about jazzy corporate lunches, poetry competitions and praising our valued
sponsors. At the UN, in a session on body image and the media, delegates
(who are meeting this week) applauded politely as a promotional
anti-airbrushing video by Dove cosmetics was shown. Cabinet Minister Lynne
Featherstone gave a speech in which she condemned the "distorted image of
beauty" offered by cosmetics advertisers, and lauded the efforts Dove has
apparently made to change this while selling body lotion at £7.49 a tube.

The British delegates present failed entirely to mention that Featherstone
is part of a government responsible for putting more women out of work than
at any point since records began. Lynne Featherstone and Dove cosmetics
claim to be on the side of "real" women, but one suspects that the single
mothers whose benefits are about to be cut and the domestic violence
victims whose refuges are being closed may not find that prospect terribly

A huge cultural change is taking place all over the world right now. Over
the past year, from the Arab Spring uprisings to the global anti-corporate
occupations, young people and workers have realised that they were flogged
a false dream of prosperity in return for quiet obedience, exhausting,
precarious jobs and perpetual debt – most of it shouldered by women, whose
low-status, low-paid and unpaid work has driven the expansion of
exploitative markets across the world. Equality, like prosperity, was
supposed to trickle down, but not a lot can trickle down through a glass

Women, like everyone else, have been duped. We have been persuaded over the
past 50 years to settle for a bland, neoliberal vision of what liberation
should mean. Life may have become a little easier in that time for white
women who can afford to hire a nanny, but the rest of us have settled for a
cheap, knock-off version of gender revolution. Instead of equality at work
and in the home, we settled for "choice", "flexibility" and an exciting
array of badly paid part-time work to fit around childcare and chores.
Instead of sexual liberation and reproductive freedom, we settled for
mitigated rights to abortion and contraception that are constantly under
attack, and a deeply misogynist culture that shames us if we're not
sexually attractive, dismisses us if we are, and blames us if we are raped
or assaulted, as one in five of us will be in our lifetime.

Feminism, however, has not been a sustained part of this mood of popular
indignation. Not yet. One year ago in Tahrir Square, women marching on
International Women's Day were sexually and physically assaulted by some of
the same men they had stood side by side with during the overthrow of Hosni
Mubarak. Meanwhile, with women and girls bearing the brunt of the financial
crisis across the world, the biggest discussions of women's role in the
Occupy movement have focused on how to protect them from rapes that have
occurred in the protest camps. This week, though, we've seen the first
inklings of a women's fightback that is a little less delicate and demure.

What would a radical women's fightback look like? It might look a little
bit like hundreds of women and men linking arms on the steps of the Capitol
building in the US state of Virginia, where lawmakers are attempting to
force women seeking abortions to submit to trans-vaginal ultrasounds –
being penetrated with a medical rod – before they can have the procedure.

Last week, riot police in full armour were dispatched to drag the Occupy
Virginia protesters to jail as they demanded an end to this insulting
attack on women's right to choose. Female protesters are currently being
processed by Virginia courts on charges of trespass.

What would a daring feminist cultural shift look like? It might look like
two young mothers in a Moscow jail, arrested for flash-mobbing churches
with short skirts, guitars and an agenda against corruption and
institutional sexism. The members of the punk-rock girl band "Pussy Riot"
are currently on hunger strike, after being imprisoned for singing rude
songs about Vladimir Putin in public. They face jail-time of up to seven
years. It seems that as soon as women stop asking politely for the change
we want to see, the crackdowns come quick and hard.

Politeness is a habit that what's left of the women's movement needs to
grow out of. Most women grow up learning, directly or indirectly, how to be
polite, how to defer, how to be good employees, mothers and wives, how to
shop sensibly and get a great bikini body. We are taught to stay off the
streets, because it's dangerous after dark. Politeness, however, has bought
even the luckiest of us little more than terminal exhaustion, a great shoe
collection, and the right to be raped by the state if we need an abortion.
If we want real equality, we're going to have to fight for it.

Like the suffragettes and socialists who called the first International
Women's Day over a century ago, women who believe in a better world are
going to have to start thinking in deeds, not words. With women under
attack financially, socially and sexually across the developed and
developing world, with assaults on jobs, welfare, childcare, contraception
and the right to choose, the time for polite conversation is over. It's
time for anger. It's time for daring, direct action, big demands, big
dreams. The men who still run the world from boardrooms and government
offices have become too used to not being afraid of what women will do if
we are attacked, used and exploited. We must make them afraid.

Deeds, not words. Fewer business lunches, more throwing punches. Of course,
there will be consequences. Those large armed men aren't just there for
decoration, and the suffragettes who had their breasts twisted and their
bones broken in prison 101 years ago knew that full well. But they also
knew what we must now begin to remember – that the consequences of staying
quiet and ladylike are always far more serious.

© 2012 The Independent
Laurie Penny is a journalist, author, feminist, reprobate. Lives in a
little hovel room somewhere in London, mainly eating toast and trying to
set the world to rights. Drinks too much tea. Has still not managed to quit

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*Haiku Open*

If ed likes it/them, your original haiku(s) will be printed in the
Progressive Calendar Haiku Section!
No money, just endless glory.

Write and submit one to three original haikus
>From now - Thursday March 8 - through Thursday March 22.
The judge is yours truly, ed, David Shove.
Include your name as you’d like it printed.

Title optional
17 syllables in 3 lines, 5 7 5:

1 2 3 4 5
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 2 3 4 5


Right wing radio’s
fascist hit parade dresses
our thoughts in brown shirts.

Each word must be complete on its line; do not break a word across the end
of a line.
If the number of syllables in a word is unclear, look it up in a dictionary.
Rhyme not required.
Any topic.

Email to shove001 [at] under the header Haiku Open.
This is an experiment; let’s see what happens!


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