Progressive Calendar 08.16.12 /2
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Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2012 13:41:23 -0700 (PDT)
*P R O G R E S S I V E   C A L E N D A R   08.16.12*

1. Socialist conference 8.16/17 3pm
2. FBI-free dinner         8.16 5:30pm
3. Save CRA               8.16 7pm

4. GPSP    - Jill Stein on Mn ballot
5. Jan Nye - Rocky Anderson/ballot access please
6. ed         - bumpersticker

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From: David Riehle djrie [at]
Socialist conference 8.16/17 3pm

Socialist Action Educational Conference
Minneapolis, August 16 & 17, 2012
Thursday, August 16

foreclosures in the Twin Ports of Duluth and Superior. The fear of home
foreclosure and eviction is sweeping across the American heartland. Occupy
and community activists have entered the breach to try to keep families in
their homes.SPEAKER: Adam Ritscher, former County Board member, Douglas
County, Wisconsin and a long time socialist activist in Northern Minnesota.

---Thursday evening will be left free for dinner and socializing.---

Friday, August 17
No one can doubt the oppression of women. How did this oppression begin?
How does understanding these origins help us develop a strategy for
liberation?        SPEAKER: Stephanie Molden, Feminist and socialist

Trotsky's theory of permanent revolution maintains its power to explain and
help change today's world. SPEAKER: Michael Schreiber, Socialist Action
newspaper editor,
 3:00 conference ends

All sessions will be held at Mayday Bookstore 301 Cedar Avenue, Minneapolis

Everybody Welcome: for more information: 612 333-4719

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From: Meredith Aby riot369 [at] via yahoogroups
FBI-free dinner 8.16 5:30pm

Stop Political Repression Free Dinner
Thursday, August 16th from 5:30 – 7pm
@ 4200 Cedar Ave. Minneapolis, MN

Come enjoy a free dinner and support activists facing political repression
for their local peace activism.  This month we’ll be sending cards to
Muslim political prisoners for the end of Ramadan.  Vegan and gluten free
options available.  Kids welcome.  Organized by the MN Committee to Stop
FBI Repression.  FFI:

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Save CRA 8.16 7pm

to Sell Plan to Destroy CRA
Here we are in the middle of August but we are looking at a serious snow
job.  At the demand of the city council, the Civil Rights department
scheduled a series of meetings, ostensibly to hear from the community on
their plans to destroy community oversight and put the Civilian Review
Authority under police control.  However, in typical city fashion, they
haven’t bothered to tell the community about them.  Even worse, the true
purpose of the meetings is to sell us on this rotten plan.

The first "community" meeting was held on August 1st at City Hall, on just
one day’s notice on the city’s website.  We were tipped off to it and
attended.  The bulk of the meeting consisted of a long and plodding
PowerPoint presentation designed to sell the community on the virtues of
their plan.  Assistant Director Lee Reid worked hard to block the community
from asking questions or making comments.  Throughout the presentation, it
was obvious that none of the suggestions made by the CRA board had been
incorporated.  At the end, someone asked about next steps and whether the
community’s concerns would be taken into consideration.  We were told that
if we don’t like the proposal, we should “take it up with the city
council”—letting us know that the city administration is hell-bent on
ramming through this deeply flawed plan.

Two more meetings are scheduled.  Don’t miss the chance to stand up against
this outrageous gutting of community oversight.

Thursday, August 16 at 7:00 p.m.
Shiloh Temple
1201 W Broadway, Minneapolis

Tuesday, August 21 at 7:00 p.m.
Minneapolis City Hall, Rm 319
350 S 5th St, Minneapolis
(Note that the city council asked to have one of the meetings in south
Minneapolis and we offered a venue, but the Civil Rights department is
determined to control all aspects of these meetings and refused the offer.)

What’s so bad about their plan?  The list is long, but here are the most
serious flaws:

Complaining to the cops about the cops doesn’t work.  As the plan states,
the CRA office would exist “on paper only” and all complaints would really
go to the police department.  For the most part, the community DOES NOT
trust cops to investigate other cops, which is why the CRA was started in
the first place.  The concerns are real—we’ve documented dozens of
incidents of retaliation after people complained to Internal Affairs.  If
the current court case is any indication, even cops who investigate other
cops aren’t safe from retaliation.  Further, we studied community
complaints to Internal Affairs and in ten years all but two complaints from
community members were thrown out.

This proposal makes it unsafe to complain.  Check out p. 18 of the proposed
ordinance.  The “firewall” added to the CRA ordinance in 2002, which
prevents the city attorney’s office from mining complaints for chargeable
offenses, is removed.  Further, because complaints would be made to police,
complaints that can’t be proven could lead to people being prosecuted for
“false reporting” of police under Minnesota statute 609.505.  This charge
only applies to people complaining TO police, which is why a true CIVILIAN
review authority is a must.  People shouldn’t have to worry that their
complaints will be used to prosecute them.

The chief still wouldn’t discipline.  Hearing panels under this proposal
would consist of two “community members” (who would no longer have to be
residents of Minneapolis) and two cops hand-picked by the chief.  The votes
of each member would be recorded and sent to the chief.  It seems likely
there will be a lot of tie votes (depending, of course, on how legit the
“community members” actually are).  It also seems likely that the chief
will give more weight to the votes of the cops than to the community
members.  Watch—this will become the new excuse for not disciplining
sustained complaints.

Unrealistic and just plain ridiculous timetables.  The proposed ordinance
cuts in half the amount of time people have to complain—from one year down
to 6 months.  This ensures that many people will not complain because any
good lawyer will tell you not to talk to the city when you face or could
face charges.  Even more ridiculous is a requirement that hearing panels
write up and sign their recommendations within three business days.  These
reports have a lot of elements to them and take some time to prepare.  Keep
in mind that supposedly two of the panel members will be community
volunteers, who will have to come back downtown to sign the report plus
track down the two cop panel members.  What happens to the complaint if it
isn’t written and signed within that three-day window?  This will become
another excuse not to discipline.  On the other end of the spectrum, the
proposed ordinance eliminates the current 30-day deadline for the chief to
take action on the complaint.  In other words, the complainant has to file
right away, the hearing panel has to issue a hasty report but the chief has
all the time in the world.

The real reason for this proposal: During the first so-called community
meeting, the Civil Rights department made it clear that this proposal is
all about making the oversight process “acceptable” to the cops.  Every
other word was “buy in” but this is completely wrong-headed.  Absolutely no
evidence was produced indicating police officers or community members
thought the process was unfair.  The REAL issue is that the Dolan uses
illegal reasons to refuse to discipline sustained complaints.  Rather than
changing the law, how about holding the chief to the law we already have?

Editorial: Don't dilute citizen review of police
August 12, 2012 - 5:42 PM

Citizen review panels were developed to improve public confidence in how
allegations of police misconduct were handled. Across the nation, civilians
needed a place to lodge complaints and be treated fairly.

Minneapolis leaders are considering a proposal that would replace the
city's Civilian Review Authority (CRA) with a combined police/citizen
group. As it stands, the plan goes too far in reducing civilian influence
-- defeating one purpose of citizen review.
Though there have been some improvements, Minneapolis has a history of
troubled police-community relations. Over the years, the city has paid
millions of dollars in settlements over complaints about police behavior.
That's among the reasons why City Council members should make sure that any
change maintains adequate civilian influence.

Currently, anyone with a complaint against police can take the concern to
the CRA or to the department's internal-affairs unit. If the CRA decides to
pursue a complaint, it takes testimony and can assign the case to a
civilian investigator. Then the body can make recommendations to the police
chief. Last year, the citizen group received just more than 350 complaints
and heard about 20 percent of them.

However, under the new proposal, prepared by civil-rights department staff,
the review panel and internal affairs would essentially merge under a new
Office of Police Conduct. Together, the units would jointly process
complaints and determine whether police or independent investigators should
handle them. Currently there are two civilian and seven police officer
investigators for CRA. [NOTE: This is an error. There are currently only
civilian investigators. The proposal would add police investigators.]  All
allegations of criminal misconduct would be handled by internal affairs.

A panel of two sworn officers and two citizens would review the
investigative report and make recommendations to the chief for discipline
or other action. The civil-rights director, a city employee, could make the
decision in the event of a tie.

The change was proposed to secure more police buy-in and presumably make
the process more effective. But if the review group is heavily tilted
toward officers, it could lose credibility with the community. In addition,
complainants may be less likely to come forward if they have to present
their concerns to a police officer and have it investigated by police.

Another part of the staff proposal would eliminate the residency
requirement for review panel members. Currently CRA members must live in
Minneapolis. Changing that would also create a credibility problem with
citizens; they want their fellow residents to hear their complaints.

In response to the staff proposal, the current CRA developed its own
reorganization plan that strikes a better compromise. The review panel
would include three citizens and one nonvoting police officer;
recommendations would go to the chief, but the chief's decision could be
appealed to the mayor. The CRA plan would also retain a residency

At least a couple City Council members have expressed concerns about the
recommended changes. "This is a big step backwards. We've made some
progress [on police-community relations] because of the CRA, and I'm
worried that this would be a setback,'' said Council Member Cam Gordon.

City leaders should support an independent group of citizens to review
allegations of police misconduct, not turn the group into an extension of
police internal affairs.

Communities United Against Police Brutality
We meet every Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
at 4200 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis
Join us!

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From:Jim Ivey via
Jill Stein on Mn ballot

For Immediate Release:
Thursday, August 16, 2012

Green Party Presidential Candidate Jill Stein Achieves Ballot Access in

St. Paul, MN (August 16, 2012) - Today the Minnesota Secretary of State’s
office notified the Jill Stein for President campaign (
that its ballot access petition has met the necessary requirements to place
Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala on the ballot in Minnesota as the Green Party
presidential and vice presidential candidates.  Minnesota requires minor
parties to collect and submit 2,000 signatures before August 21 in order to
obtain access to the presidential ballot, and Green Party of Minnesota
volunteers submitted 2,600 on August 13.

“We’re so excited about our candidates that we actually did it twice,”
joked Minnesota ballot access coordinator Jim Ivey.  “We started
petitioning back in June with Green Party legend Howie Hawkins as our
stand-in VP candidate, and had already obtained enough signatures by early
July.  But when our national convention nominated Cheri Honkala as our vice
presidential candidate, we knew it was important to have her on the ballot
in her home state, giving people the chance to vote for an advocate for the
poor and homeless.  We immediately started over from scratch with new
petitions for Cheri and Jill, and were amazed by the outpouring of support.
 Everyone’s excited about the chance to have two strong, progressive women
on the ballot in Minnesota.”

Jill Stein, a Harvard-trained physician who once ran against Mitt Romney
for Governor of Massachusetts, is proposing a Green New Deal for America -
a four part policy strategy for moving America quickly out of crisis into a
secure, sustainable future. Inspired by the New Deal programs that helped
the U.S. out of the Great Depression of the 1930s, the Green New Deal
proposes to provide similar relief and create an economy that makes
communities sustainable, healthy and just.

Cheri Honkala is the National Coordinator for the Poor People’s Economic
Human Rights Campaign, one of the country’s largest multi-racial,
inter-generational movements led by the poor and homeless. Compelled by her
own experience as a homeless, single mom in Minnesota, Honkala has spent
nearly three decades working directly alongside the poor to build a
movement to end poverty, and has organized tens of thousands of people to
take action via marches, demonstrations and tent cities.

The Jill Stein for President campaign is the first Green Party presidential
slate to qualify for federal matching funds, thanks to a nationwide
grassroots campaign. The campaign is currently petitioning for ballot
access across the U.S, and expects to be on the ballot in over 40 states.

For more information on the Green Party, see: or
For more information on the Jill Stein for President campaign, see:

Rhoda Gilman, GPMN Spokesperson, 651-224-6383, info [at]
Erika Wolf, Jill Stein for President, 715-781-9635, hq [at]
Jim Ivey, MN Ballot Access Coordinator, 612-860-7316, jimivey [at]

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From:Janet Nye
Rocky Anderson/balot access please

A wonderful candidate for President needs 2,000 signatures of eligible
voters to get on the ballot in Minnesota. His name is Rocky Anderson and
his running mate is Luis Rodriguez. You can learn more about them at  If you are willing to sign for him and thus promote
democracy and an education in the game of "lesser of two evils", please
contact me and I will come to you with a petition.  Time is of the essence
since the signatures are due on August 23. They should be brought together
by August 17th to be vetted  before being sent on in case a bigger buffer
needs to be attained after unacceptable signatures are eliminated.  Rocky
Anderson is such a sterling candidate that I feel honored to be able to
work to get him on the ballot. He  accomplished a lot in eight years as
mayor of Salt Lake City and has been recognized with awards by a number of
well-respected groups. He is, in short, damned impressive.

Please respond one way or the other, and if you know of someone you think
would like to sign, let me know.
Thank you so much -
Jan Nye
612 276 1213

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