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|From: David Shove (shove001umn.edu)|
|Date: Sat, 7 Apr 2012 03:19:03 -0700 (PDT)|
*P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 04.07.12 * 1. Climate lobby 4.07 11:45am 2. ReOccupy Mpls 4.07 12noon 3. CUAPB 4.07 1:30pm 4. Northtown vigil 4.07 2pm 5. Forum/NATO/war 4.07 3pm 6. Humanism 4.07 3:30pm 7. Atheist radio 4.08 9am 8. Stillwater vigil 4.08 1pm 9. Irish Reb/pub 4.08 6pm 10. Naomi Wolf - How the US uses sexual humiliation as a political tool to control the masses 11. ComDream - Recall-facing Wis. Gov. Walker continues 'War on Women' with flurry of bills 12. ed - The wet dream of the ruling class (haiku) -------1 of 12-------- Climate lobby 4.07 11:45am Citizen's climate lobby 2nd Congressional District MeetingSaturday April 7th at 11:45 amAt Wescott Library (1340 Wescott Road, Eagan 55123) Please join us! All are welcome!We will join a national conference call with Shi-Ling Hsu, author of The Case for a Carbon Tax, and then discuss ways to communicate about a carbon tax system. A core principle of Citizens Climate Lobby is advocating for a fee on carbon emissions that will then be distributed as a dividend to US households.Please contact Paul Hoffingerat 651-882-0671 if you'd like to know more. --------2 of 12-------- From: WAMM ReOccupy Mpls 4.07 12noon ReOccupy Minneapolis Event Saturday, April 7, Noon to Midnight (and ongoing) Peavey Plaza, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis and Loring Park, Hennepin Avenue and Wet 15th Street, Minneapolis. Join others as OccupyMinneapolis kicks off the reoccupation of the city. The day’s activities include: sign-making, music, open mic, OccupyHomes march, bbq (bring charcoal and food to grill), a game of capture the flag, a dance party, and more. Time of specific activities is subject to change. Organized by: OccupyMinneapolis. FFI and Schedule: Visit www.occupyminneapolis.mn. --------3 of 12-------- From: Michelle Gross <mgresist [at] visi.com> Subject: CUAPB 4.07 1:30pm Meetings: Every Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Walker Church, 3104 16th Avenue South http://www.CUAPB.org Communities United Against Police Brutality 3100 16th Avenue S Minneapolis, MN 55407 Hotline 612-874-STOP (7867) --------4 of 12-------- From: Vanka485 [at] aol.com Subject: Northtown vigil 4.07 2pm Peace vigil at Northtown (Old Hwy 10 & University Av), every Saturday 2-3pm --------5 of 12-------- From:WAMM Forum/NATO/war 4.07 3pm Forum: Wars and Interventions of the 1%: NATO We Say No! Saturday, April 7, 3:00 p.m. MayDay Books, 401 Cedar Avenue South, Minneapolis. Activists from all over world will be converging in Chicago on May 20th to oppose the NATO summit in Chicago. Come hear from local leaders in the anti-war movement why they are against NATO and why you should travel to Chicago to voice your opposition in person! Speakers include: April Knutson, WAMM, will speak on the history of NATO including its imperialist beginnings; Sarah Martin, WAMM, will speak on the role of NATO in the war on Yugoslavia; Jess Sundin, Anti-War Committee, will speak on the role of NATO in the war and occupation of Afghanistan; Mary Beaudoin, WAMM, will speak on the new stage of NATO in its war on Libya and its potential new targets. Organized by: the Anti-War Committee, Minnesota Peace Action Coalition, and WAMM. FFI on the Protest in Chicago: Visit cang8.org. --------6 of 12-------- From: AWE Humanism 4.07 3:30pm Saturday, April 7, 3:30pm Habits of Humanism—Critical Thinking Hennepin County Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN, Gamble and Skogmo Conference Room on fourth floor—N 402 --------7 of 12-------- From: AWE Atheist radio 4.08 9am Sunday, April 8, 9:00am-10:00am “Atheists Talk” Radio AM 950 KTNF in the Twin Cities or stream live at http://www.am950ktnf.com. Guest: Caral Dix Contact us during the show with questions or comments at (952) 946-6205 or radio [at] mnatheists.org. --------8 of 12-------- From: scot b <earthmannow [at] comcast.net> Subject: Stillwater vigil 4.08 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 --------9 of 12-------- >From Michael Cavlan greenpartymike ollamhfaery [at] earthlink.net Irish Rebellion/pub 4.08 6pm Sunday, April 8, 2012- Easter Sunday 6:00pm until 9:00pm The Irish Easter Rising of 1916 was the spark that led to a successful rebellion against the British Empire. One of the leaders of that rebellion was a working class icon - a labor organizer, socialist leader, founding member of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) and the leader of the Irish Citizen Army. Come join The Twin Cities Chapter of the IWW in our commemoration of the Easter Rising and the life of James Connolly with a short video, live music, and more. Dubliner Pub 2162 University Ave St Paul, MN This event is free and open to the public. Please feel free to pass onto any person or group you may think appropriate. Questions- Please call me at (612)327-6902 --------10 of 12-------- How the US Uses Sexual Humiliation as a Political Tool to Control the Masses by Naomi Wolf Published on Friday, April 6, 2012 by The Guardian In a five-four ruling this week, the supreme court decided that anyone can be strip-searched upon arrest for any offense, however minor, at any time. This horror show ruling joins two recent horror show laws: the NDAA, which lets anyone be arrested forever at any time, and HR 347, the "trespass bill", which gives you a 10-year sentence for protesting anywhere near someone with secret service protection. These criminalizations of being human follow, of course, the mini-uprising of the Occupy movement. Is American strip-searching benign? The man who had brought the initial suit, Albert Florence, described having been told to "turn around. Squat and cough. Spread your cheeks." He said he felt humiliated: "It made me feel like less of a man." In surreal reasoning, justice Anthony Kennedy explained that this ruling is necessary because the 9/11 bomber could have been stopped for speeding. How would strip searching him have prevented the attack? Did justice Kennedy imagine that plans to blow up the twin towers had been concealed in a body cavity? In still more bizarre non-logic, his and the other justices' decision rests on concerns about weapons and contraband in prison systems. But people under arrest – that is, who are not yet convicted – haven't been introduced into a prison population. Our surveillance state shown considerable determination to intrude on citizens sexually. There's the sexual abuse of prisoners at Bagram – der Spiegel reports that "former inmates report incidents of … various forms of sexual humiliation. In some cases, an interrogator would place his penis along the face of the detainee while he was being questioned. Other inmates were raped with sticks or threatened with anal sex". There was the stripping of Bradley Manning is solitary confinement. And there's the policy set up after the story of the "underwear bomber" to grope US travelers genitally or else force them to go through a machine – made by a company, Rapiscan, owned by terror profiteer and former DHA czar Michael Chertoff – with images so vivid that it has been called the "pornoscanner". Believe me: you don't want the state having the power to strip your clothes off. History shows that the use of forced nudity by a state that is descending into fascism is powerfully effective in controlling and subduing populations. The political use of forced nudity by anti-democratic regimes is long established. Forcing people to undress is the first step in breaking down their sense of individuality and dignity and reinforcing their powerlessness. Enslaved women were sold naked on the blocks in the American south, and adolescent male slaves served young white ladies at table in the south, while they themselves were naked: their invisible humiliation was a trope for their emasculation. Jewish prisoners herded into concentration camps were stripped of clothing and photographed naked, as iconic images of that Holocaust reiterated. One of the most terrifying moments for me when I visited Guantanamo prison in 2009 was seeing the way the architecture of the building positioned glass-fronted shower cubicles facing intentionally right into the central atrium – where young female guards stood watch over the forced nakedness of Muslim prisoners, who had no way to conceal themselves. Laws and rulings such as this are clearly designed to bring the conditions of Guantanamo, and abusive detention, home. I have watched male police and TSA members standing by side by side salaciously observing women as they have been "patted down" in airports. I have experienced the weirdly phrased, sexually perverse intrusiveness of the state during an airport "pat-down", which is always phrased in the words of a steamy paperback ("do you have any sensitive areas? … I will use the back of my hands under your breasts …"). One of my Facebook commentators suggested, I think plausibly, that more women are about to be found liable for arrest for petty reasons (scarily enough, the TSA is advertising for more female officers). I interviewed the equivalent of TSA workers in Britain and found that the genital groping that is obligatory in the US is illegal in Britain. I believe that the genital groping policy in America, too, is designed to psychologically habituate US citizens to a condition in which they are demeaned and sexually intruded upon by the state – at any moment. The most terrifying phrase of all in the decision is justice Kennedy's striking use of the term "detainees" for "United States citizens under arrest". Some members of Occupy who were arrested in Los Angeles also reported having been referred to by police as such. Justice Kennedy's new use of what looks like a deliberate activation of that phrase is illuminating. Ten years of association have given "detainee" the synonymous meaning in America as those to whom no rights apply – especially in prison. It has been long in use in America, habituating us to link it with a condition in which random Muslims far away may be stripped by the American state of any rights. Now the term – with its associations of "those to whom anything may be done" – is being deployed systematically in the direction of … any old American citizen. Where are we headed? Why? These recent laws criminalizing protest, and giving local police – who, recall, are now infused with DHS money, military hardware and personnel – powers to terrify and traumatise people who have not gone through due process or trial, are being set up to work in concert with a see-all-all-the-time surveillance state. A facility is being set up in Utah by the NSA to monitor everything all the time: James Bamford wrote in Wired magazine that the new facility in Bluffdale, Utah, is being built, where the NSA will look at billions of emails, texts and phone calls. Similar legislation is being pushed forward in the UK. With that Big Brother eye in place, working alongside these strip-search laws, – between the all-seeing data-mining technology and the terrifying police powers to sexually abuse and humiliate you at will – no one will need a formal coup to have a cowed and compliant citizenry. If you say anything controversial online or on the phone, will you face arrest and sexual humiliation? Remember, you don't need to have done anything wrong to be arrested in America any longer. You can be arrested for walking your dog without a leash. The man who was forced to spread his buttocks was stopped for a driving infraction. I was told by an NYPD sergeant that "safety" issues allow the NYPD to make arrests at will. So nothing prevents thousands of Occupy protesters – if there will be any left after these laws start to bite – from being rounded up and stripped naked under intimidating conditions. Why is this happening? I used to think the push was just led by those who profited from endless war and surveillance – but now I see the struggle as larger. As one internet advocate said to me: "There is a race against time: they realise the internet is a tool of empowerment that will work against their interests, and they need to race to turn it into a tool of control." [So much for any respect we may have had left for the rulling class. -ed As Chris Hedges wrote in his riveting account of the NDAA: "There are now 1,271 government agencies and 1,931 private companies that work on programs related to counterterrorism, homeland security and intelligence in about 10,000 locations across the United States, the Washington Post reported in a 2010 series by Dana Priest and William M Arken. There are 854,000 people with top-secret security clearances, the reporters wrote, and in Washington, DC, and the surrounding area 33 building complexes for top-secret intelligence work are under construction or have been built since September 2011." This enormous new sector of the economy has a multi-billion-dollar vested interest in setting up a system to surveil, physically intimidate and prey upon the rest of American society. Now they can do so by threatening to demean you sexually – a potent tool in the hands of any bully. © 2012 The Guardian Author, social critic, and political activist Naomi Wolf is the author of The New York Times bestseller "The End of America" (Chelsea Green) and, more recently, Give Me Liberty: A Handbook for American Revolutionaries. Wolf’s landmark international bestseller, The Beauty Myth, challenged the cosmetics industry and the marketing of unrealistic standards of beauty, launching a new wave of feminism in the early 1990s. [Obama was and is for this strip humiliation/fascism. And you're voting for him as the lesser evil? Neither Obama nor Mitt. No more Dems or Reps for president - vote third party. -ed] --------11 of 12-------- Recall-Facing Wis. Gov. Walker Continues 'War on Women' With Flurry of Bills - Common Dreams staff Published on Friday, April 6, 2012 by Common Dreams Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who is facing a June 5 recall election, privately signed a slew of legislation on Thursday that some Democrats see as evidence of an ongoing "war on women." Gov. Walker signed dozens of bills that "turn back the clock on women’s health, safety, wellness and economic security “Instead of a jobs and economic priority from the state legislature, we’ve had a series of bills introduced, passed and now signed into law, that really turn back the clock on women’s health, safety, wellness and economic security,” said Sara Finger with the Wisconsin Alliance for Women's Health. Among the dozens of bills signed by Walker is a repeal of the state's Equal Pay law, a bill barring abortion coverage through health insurance exchanges, and a repeal of the Healthy Youth Act so that now sex education teachers do not have to teach contraception. "The reason that Governor Walker signed these anti-women bills in the dark of the night, without public notice, before a holiday weekend, is that he is banking on the fact that women are NOT watching and women will not vote on June 5. In fact, he is betting his job on it," said Tanya Atkinson, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin. The Obama campaign team said today that the legislation was evidence Republicans are willing to "undermine not only women's health care, but also their economic security." Among [the dozens of bills Gov. Walker signed yesterday] were four highly controversial measures focused on women's health care and sexual education: A repeal of the state's Equal Pay law, which allowed victim's of wage discrimination to collect damages of between $50,000 and $300,000, and a repeal of the Healthy Youth Act, which had provided requirements to schools that comprehensive and scientifically accurate information about everything from abstinence to contraception be taught at an age-appropriate level. * * * The Hill: Obama campaign pushes Romney on Wisconsin overturn of equal-pay law After a week in which Democrats and the Obama campaign have argued that Republicans are waging a "war on women" in an effort to solidify their base of female voters in the coming election, the president's campaign team is seizing Friday on news that controversial Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) quietly overturned his state's equal-pay law. Obama's campaign team said Friday that Walker's move was evidence Republicans are willing to "undermine not only women's health care, but also their economic security," and demanded that presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney comment on Walker's move. "Mitt Romney has repeatedly dismissed the effect of Republican efforts to rollback access to contraception and other health care services on the women’s vote, saying that he would appeal to women by talking about their economic concerns. If this is the case does Romney think women should have ability to take their bosses to court to get the same pay as their male coworkers? Or does he stand with Governor Walker against this?” said Obama campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith in a statement. * * * WTAQ News: Gov. Walker's private bill signing slammed by Dems as "war on women" MADISON, WI - Governor Scott Walker said early Friday afternoon that he privately signed just over four dozen bills into law Thursday – including some controversial bills that Democrats called a “war on women.” They include the requirement that school sex education classes go back to teaching abstinence as the only reliable way to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. * * * Huffington Post: Scott Walker Quietly Repeals Wisconsin Equal Pay Law WASHINGTON -- A Wisconsin law that made it easier for victims of wage discrimination to have their day in court was repealed on Thursday, after Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) quietly signed the bill. The 2009 Equal Pay Enforcement Act was meant to deter employers from discriminating against certain groups by giving workers more avenues via which to press charges. Among other provisions, it allows individuals to plead their cases in the less costly, more accessible state circuit court system, rather than just in federal court. [...] SB 202 was sent to Walker on March 29. He had, according to the state constitution, six days to act on the bill. The deadline was 5:00 p.m. on Thursday. The governor quietly signed the bill into law on Thursday, according to the Legislative Reference Bureau, and it is now called Act 219. [...] State Sen. Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) and Rep. Christine Sinicki (D-Milwaukee), the authors of the Equal Pay Enforcement Act, criticized Walker on Thursday for not informing the public of his actions on SB 202. “We are finally starting to see progress here in Wisconsin, yet like their counterparts across the country, Legislative Republicans want to turn back the clock on women’s rights in the workplace,” said Hansen. [...] Sara Finger, executive director of WAWH, said that the repeal was a "demoralizing attack on women’s rights, health, and wellbeing." "Economic security is a women’s health issue," she said. "The salary women are paid directly affects the type and frequency of health care services they are able to access. At a time when women’s health services are becoming more expensive and harder to obtain, financial stability is essential to maintain steady access." --------12 of 12-------- The Wet Dream of the Ruling Class Hey! You masses! Strip! Bend over! Spread'em! Squat! Piss! Crap! Eat it! Wear it! ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Shove Grove
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