Progressive Calendar 06.02.12 /2
From: David Shove (
Date: Sat, 2 Jun 2012 11:58:45 -0700 (PDT)
*P R O G R E S S I V E   C A L E N D A R   06.02.12*

1. Walker recovery    6.02 1:30pm
2. Northtown vigil      6.02 2pm
3. Right to dissent    6.02 3pm
4. Ruling class sass 6.02 7pm

5. Paul McGeough - Republicans plot to steal White House
6. ed                     - Resealable  (haiku)

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From: Michelle Gross/CUAPB
Walker recovery 6.02 1:30pm

Please attend this Saturday's meeting
Saturday, June 2 at 1:30 p.m.
East Lake Library
2727 E Lake Street, Minneapolis

On Sunday night, May 27, a catastrophic fire destroyed Walker Church,
including the offices of CUAPB, Welfare Rights Committee, and Minnesota
Immigrant Rights Action Committee.  Because our office was in the attic
where the fire started, we lost all of our computers, copwatch cameras,
walkie talkies, furniture, files, Know Your Rights training materials,
banners, over 11 years of photos and news clippings--everything.  We also
lost our weekly meeting space.

begin the work of recovery.  We need to find office and meeting space,
raise funds and goods, put together a computer system and attempt to
regather at least some of our history and important documents.  We are very
grateful for the many offers of help but we need to organize and prioritize
to be able to make effective use of the resources the community is
offering.  There is much to do so that we can get back to the important
work the community needs from us.

For people who want to help us financially, Headwaters Foundation for
Justice has graciously set up an easy way you can donate to help MIRAc,
CUAPB and Welfare Rights Committee recover after losing our offices.  Click
the link below to donate.  100% of the money raised will go to the three
displaced organizations.  Please spread the word to your friends.

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From: Vanka485 [at]
Subject: Northtown vigil 6.02 2pm

Peace vigil at Northtown (Old Hwy 10 & University Av), every Saturday 2-3pm

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From: WAMM
Right to dissent 6.02 3pm

A Town Hall on Civil Liberties: Fight for your Right to Dissent
Saturday, June 2, 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. American Indian OIC, 1845 East Franklin
Avenue, Minneapolis.

In September of 2010, homes of Minneapolis activists were raided and the
activist were subpoenaed to a grand jury. The prosecutor’s office said they
were looking for evidence of "material aid to foreign terrorist
organizations". This is not the first time that international solidarity
activist have been targeted by the government. Please join activist,
community leaders and lawyers who have worked on these cases in this
townhall as they present on the current state of the repression against our
civil liberties and what is being done to fight back.

 Presentations by:
  Carlos Montes (California), veteran Chicano rights activist who is
currently fighting his own trial against government repression;
  Mel Underbakke (Florida), educator and activist, National Coalition to
Protect Civil Freedoms (NCPCF);
  Kathleen Manley (New York), attorney with Project Salam (Support and
Legal Advocacy for Muslims);
  Faruq Kaase, outreach director of Minnesota Dawah Institute;
  Clyde Bellcourt from the American Indian movement (AIM);
  Colleen Rowley, FBI whistle-blower, Time magazine woman of the year and
WAMM board member;
  Local Activists from the Committee to Stop FBI Repression (CSFR).

The presentation will be followed by a meal (donations requested).
Sponsored by: NCPCF, CSFR and WAMM. Endorsed by:
Anti-War Committee (AWC), Communities United Against Police Brutality
(CUAPB), and Twin Cities Peace Campaign (TCPC).

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Tom Dooley fellowcommoditydooley [at]
Ruling class sass 6.02 7pm

Tomorrow night at Mayday Ruling Class Ideology vs Working Class Values.
David Shove [or unreasonable facsimile -ed] will introduce and frame the
discussion. The usual turnout is 12 to 18...maybe more this time.
Menu: fruit salad, teriyaki chicken egg salad and liquids.
Bring friends.
Sat  7 pm  Mayday  301 Cedar Mpls  FFI  612 333 4719 or
maydaybookstore [at]

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Published on Saturday, June 2, 2012 by Sydney Morning Herald
Republicans Plot to Steal White House by Paul McGeough

There's a fiendish cleverness in perpetrating a fraud in broad daylight, at
the same time as you tell the people that it must be done to guard against
- you guessed it - fraud.

The reality of voter fraud in the US is that it is virtually non-existent.
It has been known to happen, but studies reveal its probability is less
than that of being struck by lightning - just 0.0009 per cent in Washington
State and a very remote 0.00004 per cent in Ohio.

So welcome to the state of Florida, where the state emblem is the hanging
chad. Remember, it was here that just 537 votes in the recount drama of
2000 threw the presidency to George W. Bush.

Nothing can be left to chance. Like about 20 other Republican-controlled
states, Florida has gone all out to stifle the likely Democratic vote
before the presidential poll in November. Using the Bush rule of thumb, a
tweak to the law that shaves the Democratic vote by just a few hundred at
elections where about 10 million get to vote, is halfway to throwing the

Po-faced state governors and attorneys-general talk about each attack on
the electoral roll rules as necessary to protect the integrity of the
electoral process. But they are in the business of stealing votes.

So it was refreshing this week to see the Florida gang caught red-handed,
as it were, by a federal judge who didn't mince his words in adjudicating
on the Republicans' latest vote rigging. In so doing, US District Judge
Robert Hinkle became the first jurist to hack into any of the so-called
electoral reforms being enacted in states where Republican-controlled
legislatures get to write the rules for local and federal polls.

Hinkle struck down a new provision that made it virtually impossible to
organise traditional voter-registration drives. The law required organisers
to register with the state, to return new registration documents to state
officials within 48 hours and made it a criminal offence for the organisers
to register someone later found to be ineligible.

As written, the law was a gift to any Republican candidate. Registration
drives mostly were organised in black, Hispanic and student communities -
all more inclined to vote Democrat than Republican. And the implicit threat
had its intended effect - leading voter-registration organisations walked

Hinkle declared the 48-hour rule to be ''harsh, impractical''. He was
especially scathing about a demand that organisers must sign a sworn
statement that they would obey state laws, saying: ''[It can] have no
purpose other than to discourage voluntary participation in legitimate,
indeed constitutionally protected, activities.''

In a ''gotcha'' line, the judge relied on ''if-it-ain't-broke,
don't-fix-it'' logic - ''Before the adoption of the 2011 statute, the state
was operating under provisions that, at least insofar as shown by this
record, were working well.''

Another electoral provision that has been found to be more popular among
Democrats than Republicans is voting in the days or weeks before the formal
poll date - so, needless to say, the provision has become a target for the
Republican suppress-the-vote brigade.

This has been an important provision because unlike traditional Saturday
voting in Australia, Americans vote mid-week when the majority of voters
have jobs and other distractions to tend to.

And the reason for attacking early voting is because it is so popular,
especially among Barack Obama's African American supporters in the south.
In the past 15 years, it has risen steadily as a share of the vote -
accounting for about a third of all votes cast in 2008.

It is not an issue of fraud. Voting figures for 2008 reveal the reason
Republicans are so determined to shrink the period in which early voting is
allowed for this year's election - it seems to have given Obama a leg-up.

In North Carolina, where more early votes were lodged than were cast on
polling day, Obama won the state by less than 15,000 votes. More than half
of the black votes were cast early, compared with just 40 per cent of white
votes - so there is a good chance a shrunken window for early voting could
damage Obama.

In Florida, the Republicans' critical point of attack on early voting was
to ban pre-poll voting on the Sunday before election day. This is sickening
and arguably racist, because it is a deliberate attack on the practice of
African American churches bussing their congregations to vote after they
attend services.

In an editorial, The New York Times rails against the assault on early
voting - ''it is the latest element of a well co-ordinated effort by
Republican state legislatures across the country to disenfranchise voters
who tend to support Democrats, particularly minorities and young people.''

The legendry African American congressman John Lewis was equally blunt -
''There is a deliberate, systematic attempt to win or steal the election
before it takes place … it's a sin; it's obscene.''

But in Florida, they're not done yet.

State officials used a bizarre cross-referencing of voter rolls and
driver's licence records to produce a list of 180,000 names of electors
they claim might not be American citizens.

In a recent first strike, they wrote to almost 2700 of them - giving them
30 days in which to prove their citizenship or to be struck from the roll.
Just the implicit insult in such a letter or general forgetfulness would be
enough to have a portion of its recipients not respond.

More than 350 in the Miami area came in to prove their citizenship. As the
The New York Times explains, the state's data is demonstrably dodgy and it
is highly likely many legitimate voters who can't read English, or have
relocated or didn't check their mail among the 1300-odd other recipients of
the letter, will be barred from voting in November.

Other swing states are mounting similar purges. New Mexico's investigators
came up with 64,000 suspicious names, but found only 19 individuals who
might have been non-citizens.

Colorado is doing the same. All these states have big Hispanic populations,
who are deeply offended by the Republican stand on immigration. The chances
are that if they vote, they will vote Democrat; so the best option for the
Republicans is to prevent them from voting at all.

Some detailed research by The Miami Herald on the near 2700 first
recipients of the Florida letter challenging their right to vote revealed
58 per cent of them to be Hispanics and 14 per cent to be black.

It's hardly surprising that the African American congressman G.K.
Butterfield, a Democrat from North Carolina, would tell a recent gathering:
''There's a right-wing conspiracy that is alive and well in this country
that is trying to take us back to 1900 and even before.''

© 2012 Sydney Morning Herald
Paul McGeough is an Irish Australian journalist and senior foreign
correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald, specializing in Middle Eastern

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