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|Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2005 04:27:52 -0700 (PDT)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 07.25.05 1. Superior hiking 7.26 10am 2. Seth Garwood memorial 7.26 11am 3. Zapatista solidarity 7.26 5pm 4. Open salon 7.26 6:30pm 5. Kairos dance 7.26 6:30pm 6. Mil families v Iraq 7.26 7pm 7. Swami/peace 7.26 7pm 8. Outfoxed/film 7.26 7:30pm 9. Support/Africans/MN 7.27 8am 10. DNA evidence 7.27 12noon 11. Peace picnic 7.27 4pm Marine MN 12. Green potluck picnic 7.27 6pm 13. Energy/Monticello 7.27 7pm 14. Dag day 7.27 7pm 15. Windy Riv/energy/ag 7.27-30 Little Falls MN 16. Two openings At KFAI 17. Synthesis/Regeneration 18. Intl Action Center - John Roberts' DISqualifications 19. Joshua Frank - Abortion politics and the Democrats 20. Dave Lindorff - Return of the academic witch hunts 21. Percy Bysshe Shelley - Ozymandias (poem) --------1 of 21-------- From: GibbsJudy [at] aol.com Subject: Superior hiking 7.26 10am Superior Hiking Trail Seeks Volunteers The Superior Hiking Trail Association is seeking volunteers to help build 14 miles of trail through the City of Duluth this summer. No expirience is needed, equipment provided. Dress for the weather and bring plenty of liquids. Tuesday, July 26, 10-3 pm. Meet in Mission Creek. To get there from the north, take I-35 to Grand Avenue and follow it all the way out to 131st Ave. West. (The name on Grand changes to Commonwealth and then to Evergreen Boulevard.) To get there from the south, take the Midway Road exit, turn right onto Midway Road, follow it to the stop sign on Commonwealth (Grand) and turn right. Follow to 131st Ave. West. July 26, Tuesday 6-9 pm meet at this locale: Meet at Skyline Drive parking area located .9 miles from highway 53/Piedmont Ave on Skyline Parkway, or .8 miles from Haines Road/40th Ave west junction of Skyline drive. Thrusday, July 28, 10-3 pm. Meet in Mission Creek. To get there from the north, take I-35 to Grand Avenue and follow it all the way out to 131st Ave. West. (The name on Grand changes to Commonwealth and then to Evergreen Boulevard.) To get there from the south, take the Midway Road exit, turn right onto Midway Road, follow it to the stop sign on Commonwealth (Grand) and turn right. Follow to 131st Ave. West. Friday, July 29, 10-3 pm. Meet in Mission Creek. To get there from the north, take I-35 to Grand Avenue and follow it all the way out to 131st Ave. West. (The name on Grand changes to Commonwealth and then to Evergreen Boulevard.) To get there from the south, take the Midway Road exit, turn right onto Midway Road, follow it to the stop sign on Commonwealth (Grand) and turn right. Follow to 131st Ave. West. For more information contact Judy at 728-9827 or gibbsjudy [at] aol.com. --------2 of 21-------- From: Stephen Eisenmenger <Stephen [at] MNGreens.org> Subject: Seth Garwood memorial 7.26 11am The memorial service for Seth Garwood will be held Tuesday morning at 11 am at the Walker Church, which is located on 31st St at 16th Ave in south Minneapolis. --------3 of 21-------- From: lucinda grinnell <adelantenica [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Zapatista solidarity 7.26 5pm July 26 5pm Resource Center of the Americas Zapatista Solidarity--- For all those interested in current events in Chiapas, Mexico concerning the Sixth Declaration of the Zapatistas. Please come to a meeting to discuss how Minnesotans can continue to support the Zapatistas. Everyone welcome. --------4 of 21-------- From: patty guerrero <pattypax [at] earthlink.net> Subject: Open salon 7.26 6:30pm Tuesday, July 26, will be Open Discussion. Don't we have plenty to talk about? Come and converse. Salons are held (unless otherwise noted in advance): Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Mad Hatter's Tea House, 943 W 7th, St Paul, MN Free but donations encouraged for program and treats. Call 651-227-3228 or 651-227-2511 for information. --------5 of 21-------- From: "Krueger, Rodney" <rodney.krueger [at] frontiercorp.com> Subject: Kairos dance 7.26 6:30pm · Kairos Intergenerational Dance Theater - July 26th The intergenerational Kairos Dance Theatre will give a much anticipated performance at Hosmer Community Library . The Modern Dance theater features dancers ranging in age from five to 90 . Kairos has performed all over the United States and will be in this year's Fringe Festival performing in the show "Varieties of Love". The troupe features 15 core members who interpret themes such as war, peace and dances of joy . As always this is a free event. Everyone welcome. This event is sponsored by the Kingfield Neighborhood. Hosmer Library · 347 East 36th St. · 6:30pm Tuesday July 26 For more information on Kairos Dance Theatre: http://www.kairosdance.org --------6 of 21-------- From: wamm <wamm [at] mtn.org> Subject: Mil families v Iraq 7.26 7pm Community Forum: U.S. war in Iraq: Military Families Speak Out Tuesday July 26, 7pm. Olin-Rice Science Building Room 250, Macalester College, 1600 Grand Avenue, St. Paul. Hear speaker Nancy Lessin, Boston-based labor educator with the United Steelworkers Union and founding member of Military Families Speak Out (MFSO), an organization of people opposed to war on Iraq and who have relatives or loved ones in the military. MFSO was formed in November of 2002 and has contacts with military families throughout the United States and in other countries around the world. Membership currently over 2,000 military families with new families joining daily, supplies a special need and plays a unique role to play in speaking out against war on Iraq. It is MFSO loved ones who are, or have been, or will be on the battlefront, who are risking injury and death. It is MFSO loved ones who are returning scarred from their experiences, who will have to live with the injuries and deaths among innocent Iraqi civilians. Sponsored by: United Steelworkers & Iraq Peace Action Coalition FFI: United Steelworkers 612-623-8003, Anti-War Committee 612-379-3899, Twin Cities Peace Campaign/Focus on Iraq 612-522-1861, Veterans for Peace 612-821-9141 or Women Against Military Madness 612-827-5364. --------7 of 21-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Swami/peace 7.26 7pm Tuesday, 7/26, 7 pm, Swami Veda Bharati gives recitation of the gospel of Matthew, O'Shaughnesy Auditorium, St. Thomas University, St. Paul. $10-40 donation requested, but no one turned away. Peace Studies Dept sponsored. janelsonpal [at] stthomas.edu --------8 of 21-------- From: North Star Anarchist Co. <mnacollective [at] yahoo.com> Subject: Outfoxed/film 7.26 7:30pm Film: Outfoxed, Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism Presented By: NorthStar Anarchist Collective For the Monthly Anarchist Film Night Cost: Free MAPPS Café, 1810 Riverside which is at Cedar and Riverside Tuesday July 26, 7:30pm "Outfoxed" examines how the media empires, led by Rupert Murdoch's Fox News, have been running a "race to the bottom" in television news. This film provides an in-depth look at Fox News and the dangers of ever-enlarging corporations taking control of the public's right to know. The film explores Murdoch's burgeoning kingdom and the impact on society when a broad swath of media is controlled by one person. This documentary also reveals the secrets of former Fox News producers, reporters, bookers and writers who expose what it's like to work for Fox News. These former Fox employees talk about how they were forced to push a "right-wing" point of view or risk their jobs. Some have even chosen to remain anonymous in order to protect their current livelihoods. As one employee said, "There's no sense of integrity as far as having a line that can't be crossed." Come for film, stay for the community discussion afterwards. This event is Free and Family friendly --------9 of 21-------- From: humanrts [at] umn.edu Subject: Support/Africans/MN 7.27 8am July 27 - Support for Africans in Minnesota . Time: 8-10am Elizabeth Namarra and Ephraim Olani of Sub-Saharan African Youth and Family Services Location: St. Martin's Table, Minneapolis --------10 of 21-------- From: humanrts [at] umn.edu Subject: DNA evndence 7.27 12noon July 27 - THE USE AND MISUSE OF DNA EVIDENCE: INSIDE THE HOUSTON CRIMELAB SCANDAL. 12noon-1pm Using the recent Houston crime lab scandal as an example, Ms. Funk will speak about the importance of DNA testing and what can happen when no one questions the DNA test results. In the Houston crime lab, neglect and disorder affected hundreds of cases including capital cases - and led to the unit s shutdown in 2002. Ms. Funk will also discuss and explain the procedures that are being taken to review the mistakes made in that crime lab that have led to the release of at least one wrongly convicted inmate. Application for one CLE credit will be made. This presentation is a brown bag lunch. Beverages will be provided. Speaker Biography CHRISTINE FUNK began working at the Public Defender s Office shortly after she was licensed to practice in 1994. She worked on her first DNA case, a double homicide, in 1995. Ms. Funk is responsible for the DNA portion of all DNA cases in the 10th District and consults throughout the state for the Public Defender s Office. Ms. Funk has spoken at both local and national seminars on DNA testing, interpretation, test results, and trial strategy in DNA cases. She also consults with private attorneys on DNA cases and has a small private practice in criminal defense. Location: Dorsey & Whitney, Seattle Room, 15th Floor, 50 South Sixth Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402 --------11 of 21-------- From: wamm <wamm [at] mtn.org> Subject: Peace picnic 7.27 4pm Marine MN Peacemakers Poetry Reading/Potluck Picnic Wednesday, July 27, 4:00 p.m. Warner Nature Center Pavillion, 15375 Norrell Avenue, Marine (approximately one hour east of the Twin Cities). Come enjoy a peaceful evening. Peacemakers who write or enjoy listening to poetry are invited to a poetry reading and potluck supper. $5.00 suggested donation. Donations will be given to WAMM. Bring cold drinks, poems, and folding chairs. FFI and directions: <lagoclam [at] alo.com>. --------12 of 21-------- From: ed Subject: Green potluck picnic 7.27 6pm Green potluck picnic 7.27 6pm The St. Paul Green Party invites you to its summer potluck picnic and fundraiser, 6pm July 27, at the Como Picnic shelter located at Midway and Lexington in StPaul. Music by Dan Rumsey and his band and Lisa Kane & Co., as well as a reading by poet Heid Erdrich from her new book, "Mother Tongue," and a special appearance by Elizabeth Dickinson, the Green Party's own candidate for Mayor of St. Paul. Go to http://www.gpsp.org/como to sign up to bring a dish to share with fellow progressives and Green Party members. For more information, call 651/295-4521. e-mail: richb [at] lakecast.com --------13 of 21-------- From: Will Donovan III <manisape [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Energy/Monticello 7.27 7pm Forum on Energy Policy and Diminishing Public Discourse: Why so little public concern regarding proposed dry cask storage containers for spent Nuclear Fuel at Monticello Nuclear Power Plant? Monticello Nuclear Power Plant has submitted an application to have its license renewed so that it can extend operations for 20 more years; its current license expires in 2010. To operate until 2030 Monticello, which is located on the Mississippi River upstream from the Twin Cities Metropolitan area, will need to create dry cask storage containers for spent nuclear fuel. The public comment period ends on August 2, 2005. Learn why more public involvement occurred over dry cask storage containers at Prairie Island in 1993-4 and 2003 than is occurring today. Wednesday July 27 7-8:45pm Southdale Library, 7001 York Avenue South, Edina MN Featured Speakers: Carol A. Overland, a utility regulatory attorney who represents Intervenors in transmission and nuclear issues. Overland represented Florence Township in its four year battle over nuclear waste storage. Ken Pentel, a community activist who served on the Steering Committee for the Prairie Island Coalition from 1993-4. Pentel has worked with Democrats and Republicans on energy legislation at the State level. This non-partisan event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Green Party of Edina, Minneapolis 5th District Green Party and the St Louis Park Green Party. For further information call Julie Risser 952-927-7538 -- From: Andrew Koebrick <exlibris [at] visi.com> Folks interested in the Monticello issue might want to check the official Docket of documents for the project: http://www.eqb.state.mn.us/Docket.html?Id=9901 Note: Energy facility review authority has been trasfered from the Environmental Quality Board (which I help staff) to the Public Utilities Commission / Dept. of Commerce. As part of this switch, there may be brief intuptions to accessing the docket while I transfer the application to its new address: http://energyfacilities.puc.state.mn.us/Docket.html?Id=9901 Note also, the staffer on theis project John Watchler is a great guy and busts his butt to get public input on projects. On the last major powerline issue he staffed (Xcel 345 powerline in S. Minnesota) he tried to use a public web forum to make commenting easier, but nobody from the public used the tool. Let him know if you think such an input device would be useful for this project. His contact info is on the docket page above. --------14 of 21-------- From: Sarah Anderson Caflisch <scaflisch [at] loft.org> Subject: Dag day 7.27 7pm Wednesday July 27, 7pm READING BARTON SUTTER Sutter reads from Markings by Dag Hammerskjoeld American Swedish Institute 2600 Park Ave. S., Minneapolis Cosponsored by the Loft. Information: 612/871-4907 or http://www.americanswedishinst.org --------15 of 21-------- From: Kristen Blann <kblann [at] umn.edu> Subject: Windy Riv/energy/ag 7.27-30 Little Falls MN On behalf of the Sustainable Farming Association of Central Minnesota, I'd like to invite you to the 5th Annual Windy River Renewable Energy and Sustainable Agriculture Fair, July 27-30, 2005 at the Morrison County Fair in Little Falls, MN. http://www.windyriver.us The Fair showcases local and regional innovations in renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, and green living, and features local food systems, workshops on organic certification and marketing, and other subjects that may interest you. We still have room under the big tent for exhibitors and vendors, and would be happy to have a few food booths featuring local produce. If you would like to participate as an exhibitor and have not already registered, please contact me or fill out the registration form at the web site http://www.windyriver.us. We can work out discounts for producers in exchange for in-kind help with the fair. In addition to workshops on conservation, solar, wind, & geothermal, there are concurrent workshops focusing on small dairy operations, pastured poultry, organic certification & marketing, rotational grazing, as well as a policy discussion & legislative forum - along with music and local food. Radio ads and press releases will be filtering out over the next couple of weeks. This year's fair will have all the features of last year's fair, with the addition of a fully operational 20kW wind turbine on-site (the tower tip-up ceremony is currently scheduled for July 20). A brochure with a workshop schedule and a flyer can be viewed or downloaded at the web site http://www.windyriver.us. Feel free to share the flyer and brochure with anyone and everyone you know who might be interested! For more information about the fair and for updates, registration information, and a detailed description of workshops, please visit the web site at http://www.windyriver.us. We are also seeking volunteers to help with logistics, sign painting, children's programming throughout the fair, setup and takedown, and preparing and serving food & refreshments during the fair. If you would like to help out with any of these activities prior to or during the fair, please let me know. The Windy River Fair is a project of the Sustainable Farming Association of Central Minnesota and partners. Major sponsors in 2005 include The Water Foundation, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture Energy and Sustainable Agriculture Program, the Minnesota Department of Commerce Energy Information Center, the Initiative Foundation, Minnesota Power, and Crow Wing Power Community Trust, as well as the Hunt Utilities Group (LLC), Nash Foundation, and Lowry Hill Foundation. Thanks and thanks for helping support a sustainable future! Sincerely, Kristen Blann 2005 WRF Coordinator Sustainable Farming Association of Central Minnesota Wednesday, July 27 3-5 pm Straw Bale Demonstration Thursday, July 28 10 am-12 Yes You Can! Viable Small Dairy & On- Farm Processing for Local Markets Pastured, Free-Range Poultry 10 am-12 The Eco-home: healthy materials, waste reduction, design and appliances Lunch & Discussion: Renewable Energy Solutions 1 pm Livestock for the Whole Farm: Rotational Grazing Environmentally Responsible Construction 2 pm Introduction to Solar I Organic Works! certification & marketing 3 pm Intro to Wind & Geothermal 4 pm Compost Teas for Lush Native Gardens & Landscapes How Safe is Your Tap/Well Water? 7-10 pm Music by Living Song and Corridor Friday, July 29 10-12 Reducing Energy Use in the Home Reducing Your Home's Total Energy Load State and Utility Programs for Renewables (off-site) Tour of solar powered sustainable forestry homestead & sawmill (off-site, please RSVP kblann [at] umn.edu) 11 am Season extension for Zone 3 Gardening Landscaping for water quality: Shoreland Restoration Lunch & Discussion: Directions for Sustainable Agriculture Research 1 pm Landscaping for Water: Rain Gardens Solar Heating Solutions for Minnesota: How-to, Hands-on The Low Input, Chemical Free Garden 3 pm Intro to Wind and Geothermal Organic Gardening in Zone 3 Kids' programs a.. o raising chickens in your backyard b.. o arts & crafts c.. o birdhouses & backyard habitats 5 pm Solar Oven Supper / Music under the tent Saturday, July 30 9 am Ecological Agriculture: Farming and Forestry in Nature's Image Composting and Waste Reduction 10 am Conservation Options for Landowners Introduction to Renewable Transportation Fuels: Biodiesel and Flexible Fuels 11 am Energy Issues & You: 10 Things Everyone should know about Energy, Climate Agriculture and Environment Renewable Energy Legislative Agenda Meet Your Legislator: Lunch under the tent ($5) 1 -3 Intro to Solar II The Productive, Chemical Free Garden 3-5 pm Legislative Forum (in Forum Tent) --------16 of 21-------- From: Bill Cottman [mailto:bcottman [at] worldnet.att.net] From: Janis Lane-Ewart <mailto:janislaneewart [at] kfai.org> Subject: Two openings At KFAI There are two openings available at KFAI and I would like your assistance in spreading the word. The loss of KFAI's Operations and Fundraising Directors is resulting in job restructuring to best meet the needs of the organization. Attached are job descriptions for the positions of: * Membership and Development Director * Underwriting and Marketing Director If you are unable to open either attachment, please respond to my email address listed above and I will forward both job descriptions via microsoft word formatting. You may also access both descriptions via KFAI's web page later this week. Applications for each position will be considered for full review as soon as August 12, 2005. Materials should be submitted via email or hard copies to my attention at KFAI. Given the volume of work staff will be attending to in coming weeks, without two key personnel, we won't be able to respond to any questions about the positions via telephone. Please use your best judgement in determining if you have the requisite skills to apply for either position. Not sure, go for it anyway. Thanks, in advance, for your assistance in widely distributing these two job descriptions. The old adage of "no one works without networking" is what I hope to accomplish by sending both announcements to the KFAI family of volunteers! KFAI, Fresh Air Radio Radio Without Boundaries 1808 Riverside Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55454 612/341-3144x23 612/341-4281 fax janislaneewart [at] kfai.org Hours: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. http://www.kfai.org --------17 of 21-------- From: Don Fitz Subject: Synthesis/Regeneration >From Don Fitz Synthesis/Regeneration A Magazine of Green Social Thought c/o WD Press, P.O. Box 300275, St. Louis MO 63130 314-727-8554 (evenings, weekends) E-mail: fitzdon [at] aol.com July, 2005 Dear Green or greenish friend, Perhaps the only factor that prevents the Bush regime's invading Venezuela to overthrow the democratic government and plunder that country for oil is the unending quagmire in Iraq. The Fall 2005 Synthesis/Regeneration (No. 38) carries articles looking at Venezuela from three angles. They are part of an overall theme of "Shaking Off El Norte," which features essays examining Ecuador, Cuba, the School of the Americas, peasant movements and computer software. Of course, a successful challenge to US domination of Latin America needs an independent political movement. The section on "Thinking Politically" looks at Green Party problems that interfere with its taking a leadership role. This issue of S/R documents ecological crises of corporate contamination of India, ocean ecosystems and fishing companies. Economics articles explore the damage of extreme inequality in income and energy use. Rates for S/R 38 are: 1-4 copies, $3.95 each; 5-9 copies, $3.00 each; 10+ copies, $2.00 each. Please make checks to "WD Press" and mail to P.O. Box 300275, St. Louis MO 63130. No postage charges if in US. Non-US add 15% Canada, 25% other [surface mail] or 40% Canada, 60% other [air mail]. Subscriptions to S/R (4 issues) are $15 (US). Non-US subscriptions are: $19 Canada, $26 other [surface mail] or $27 Canada, $35 other [air mail]. In solidarity, Don Fitz, Editor, Synthesis/Regeneration SYNTHESIS/REGENERATION 38: FALL, 2005 BIODEVASTATION 2 Bhopal in Slow Motion Stan Cox reports on the poisoning of India's Patancheru region by pesticide, steel and drug companies. 4 Greenhouse Gas Is Changing Ocean Ecosystems Kyle Serikawa reveals that half of the carbon dioxide produced by human industry has ended up in the oceans. 6 Fishing: The New Resource War Robert Ovetz describes battles between small-scale subsistence fishermen and government and huge companies. SHAKING OFF EL NORTE ifc Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution in Year Six Daniel Hellinger sees emphasis upon creating industrial cooperatives, attracting people back into farming, and expanding oil production. 8 Oil Multinationals Privatize the Military in Ecuador Bolívar Beltrán and Jim Oldham observe the history of oil development in the Amazon region as one of vast ecological destruction and loss of livelihood and cultural identity by indigenous people. 10 Cuba's Second Revolution Will Raap maintains that Cuba leads the developing world in small-scale composting, organic soil reclamation, irrigation and crop rotation research. 11 Oil-Flush Chavez Begins to Strut His Stuff Jessica Leight perceives a commercial strategy that could curtail shipments to the US. 14 US Aggression towards Venezuela Eva Golinger indicates the Bush Administration has a new strategy to isolate and topple the Venezuelan Government. 19 The School of the Americas and Its Role Today Christy Pardew points out that some of the worst human rights abusers in Latin America and no fewer than 11 dictators have passed through the halls of the school. 21 Centrality of Peasant Movements in Latin America James Petras documents that peasant movements have achieved positive changes despite the state, not because of it. 27 The Free Software Challenge in Latin America David Sugar realizes that free software can help create jobs and save considerable money by eliminating license fees. THINKING POLITICALLY 29 Crisis in the Green Party Peter Camejo asks what the Green Party is if it does not respect democracy internally. 34 Rigged Convention, Divided Party Carol Miller & Forrest Hill explain that weighted voting gives some states hundreds of times more votes per Green member than other states. 36 Diagnosing the Green Party Joshua Frank feels that in 2004 Greens should have been on the frontlines of the campaign scene, denouncing John Kerry and George Bush's neoliberalism. 37 Toward a Revolutionary Green Party Mark Kamleiter understands that Democrats will never think it is okay for Greens to run against a Democrat. 41 A Modest Proposal: Lose the "Green" Melissa Belvadi insists that a name has become a liability. THINKING ECONOMICALLY 42 Time to Get Serious about Inequality and Sustainability Gar Alperovitz believes that a comprehensive economic program would have an all out attack on extreme inequality. 45 Energy Economics vs. Energy Politics Patrick Eytchison notes that, while world energy use has increased, differences between geographical areas have remained essentially the same. LETTERS 48 from Elizabeth Fattah and Frank Rotering --------18 of 21-------- From: Michelle Gross <mgresist [at] minn.net> Subject: Rundown on John Roberts' DISqualifications This is the most comprehensive rundown on John Roberts' DISqualifications I've seen yet. Good, specific examples of past rulings, statements, etc. His ruling that the Geneva Convention doesn't apply to Guantanamo Bay detainees should send a chill through everyone's spines. This guy is another Alberto Gonzalez--he needs to be stopped. Statement from the International Action Center On the Nomination of John G. Roberts to the Supreme Court July 19, 2005 Tonight, George W. Bush has signaled his intention to continue his all-out assault on women, working people, lesbian/gay/bi/trans communities, civil liberties and civil rights. It is vital that we examine the nomination of John G. Roberts, and ask how such a reactionary appointment could be made and, more importantly, how we can push back the Bush attack and what social and political forces can be mobilized in the struggle Judge John G. Roberts has built his career advancing the far-right agendas of the Reagan and Bush Administrations. He has worked to overturn abortion rights, blur the separation between church and state, undermine affirmative action, and advance a narrow right-wing interpretation of the Constitution. Roberts is a member of two prominent, right-wing legal organizations that advance a reactionary legal philosophy: the pro-corporate, anti-affirmative action, and anti-union Federalist Society; and the National Legal Center For The Public Interest, a legal research group funded by General Motors, Ford, Texaco, Exxon-Mobile, and Gulf, as well as right wing millionaire Richard Mellon Scaife. Womens Rights Immediately after President Bush announced his selection of Roberts, Operation Rescue, an organization founded to terrorize women, obstruct reproductive freedom, and shut down health clinics, issued a press release saying, Operation Rescue supports this selection. Roberts has shown strong conservative credentials with indications that he will not uphold Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case that decriminalized abortion. The anti-choice homophobe Gary Bauer promptly issued a statement hailing Roberts as "a refreshing nominee who possesses an outstanding record of judicial accomplishment as well as a commitment to judicial restraint long missing from so many activist courts." Robertsrecord makes it clear why he has gathered such enthusiasm from far-right religious fundamentalists. As Deputy Solicitor General, Roberts filed an amicus curiae brief in the National Organization of Womens (NOW) case against Operation Rescue in support of Operation Rescue, and in support of individuals who illegally blocked access to clinics. As Deputy Solicitor General, Roberts argued in a brief before the Supreme Court that "we continue to believe that Roe was wrongly decided and should be overruled. The Courts conclusion in Roe that there is a fundamental right to an abortion...finds no support in the text, structure, or history of the Constitution." As a Deputy Solicitor General, Roberts co-wrote a Supreme Court brief in Rust v. Sullivan, which argued that the government could prohibit doctors in federally funded family planning programs from discussing abortions with their patients. Workers Rights Roberts was lead counsel for Toyota in Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Ky, Inc. v. Williams. This case involved a woman who was fired after she asked Toyota for accommodations to do her job after being diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome. The court ruled that while this condition impaired her ability to work, it did not impair her ability to perform major life activities. The Geneva Conventions Roberts was part of the three-judge panel that last week upheld President Bush's military tribunals at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, supporting the Bush Administrations assertion that the Geneva Conventions and other international law did not apply to detainees held there. Neal K. Katyal, a lead lawyer for one of the plaintiffs in this case and a Georgetown University law professor, called the decision "contrary to 200 years of constitutional law." Civil Rights After a Supreme Court decision effectively nullified certain sections of the Voting Rights Act, Roberts was involved in the Reagan administration's effort to prevent Congress from overturning the Supreme Court's action. Roberts also filed an amicus brief in Adarand v. Mineta in Oct. 2001, supporting a challenge to federal affirmative action programs. The Environment As a member of the Solicitor General's office, Mr. Roberts was the lead counsel for the United States in the Supreme Court case Lujan v. National Wildlife Federation, in which the government argued that private citizens could not sue the federal government for violations of environmental regulations. In his private practice, Roberts has also represented numerous large corporate interests opposing environmental controls. He submitted an amicus brief on behalf of the National Mining Association in the recent case Bragg v. West Virginia Coal Association. Church & State While working with the Solicitor General's office, Roberts co-wrote an amicus brief on behalf of the Bush administration, in which he argued that public high schools can include religious ceremonies in their graduation programs. Our response: Organize and Mobilize! The only effective counter to Bushs continued assault on working people, people of color, women, and on civil liberties and civil rights is to organize a massive opposition movement in the streets. We cannot look to politicians of either party to stop Bush - the Democrats have been nearly unanimous in their support of the Bush agenda of endless war and repression, and they have confirmed some of the most backwards and reactionary judicial appointees. These next few months are critical in the struggle against the war abroad and the war at home. The Bush agenda is facing a genuine crisis - the illegal occupation of Iraq is clearly failing in the face of overwhelming popular resistance, military recruiting is declining, and opposition to the war is growing. What we do now can make a difference. Now is the time to build a massive movement of resistance, a movement that is broad because it includes, rather than excludes, the struggles of all oppressed communities. In challenging the Bush agenda and mobilizing to defend our rights, it is important to recall how we have secured victories in the past. In a nation founded on slavery and indentured servitude, genocide against indigenous peoples, and oppression of women and working people, every advance was won because of the power of massive peoples mobilizations to assert and demand those rights. Regardless of which corporate party is in power, or which corporate lawyer is appointed to the Supreme Court, it is the people who ultimately make history. All of the most important victories for working people, for the civil rights struggle, for women, for the lesbian/gay/bi/trans communities, and for all oppressed communities were won because of organizing in the streets. Victories in the courts and legislatures merely reflected the reality that was created by the mass movements. It was resistance - the Montgomery bus boycott, the Stonewall rebellion, the Flint sit-ins for union rights, the massive marches for women's suffrage, and many other protests, marches, strikes and direct actions - that secured our rights, and it is in that spirit of resistance that we must continue to struggle. The International Action Center July 19, 2005 --------19 of 21-------- Framing Abortion Gonadal Politics and the Democrats By JOSHUA FRANK CounterPunch July 23 / 24, 2005 "I don't do gonadal politics." Ralph Nader, 1996, thus encountering the eternal wrath of pro-abortion progressives. How can anybody reasonably consider the Democrats the party of opposition? I mean, what exactly do they oppose? Far too many Dems in Washington are reading whatever dyslexic cue cards George Lakoff flashes in front of their smug faces. The one issue you'd think the Democrats would want to stand behind, as President Bush appoints a pro-lifer to the bench, is the right for a woman to get an abortion. But here we have commander in chair Howard Dean exclaiming that Democrats should drop their pro-choice shtick and do what they can to pull more pro-lifers into the fold. "I think we need to talk about this issue differently," Dean said on June 20. "The Republicans have painted us as a pro-abortion party. I don't know anybody in America who is pro-abortion." Translation: "Abortion is murder, and nobody I know in America is pro-murder!" The true motives of the Democratic establishment, on occasion, shine right-on through their repugnant rhetoric. As if you can really be "pro-woman" if you aren't "pro-choice." As if the Democrats don't already have enough anti-choicers calling the shots in DC. Harry Reid, the Democratic Minority Leader in the Senate, is blatantly anti-choice. NARAL reports that Sen. Reid has voted against "choice" 70 percent of the time he's been given a chance. And we're supposed to believe that Reid and Dean can organize any sort of opposition to John Roberts? Go on hoping. But you can hope in one hand and crap in the other. See which one gets filled first. Senator Hilary Clinton, a likely presidential candidate in 2008, has recently taken the same anti-choice line Dean has authorized. It's just one more fib in a laundry list of Democratic cant. Like, we're "for labor" but we'll pass NAFTA. Or we are "for the environment" but we'll pass the Salvage Rider. Or "we want to uphold privacy" but love the infringing PATRIOT ACT. Or, like, we "oppose Bush's foreign policy agenda" but want to keep thousands of troops occupying Iraq, and while we are at it why not bomb Iran. The fact is the Democrats have absolutely no program that will build any alternative to the Republican onslaught. Their ineptness goes well beyond losing a few elections here and there; the Democrats can't even win he hearts and minds of all those disenfranchised Americans who will never go to the polls, simply because they don't see any reason to vote. How long will we have to wait for the Democrats to embrace a living wage? How long will it be until the Democrats oppose the "war on terror"? How about supporting universal health-care? We can rest assured that we'll be waiting for a long, long time. The Democrats are simply not the alternative to the conservative takeover of America. They are the enablers. At a time when the Democrats can stand behind an issue that actually means something, like "choice," they fade into the shadowy ether, ever-increasing their transparent myopia. Go ahead. Sit back and watch the nomination of Roberts be affirmed by the overwhelming majority of the Democrats in DC, despite the fact that Roberts as deputy solicitor general under the first President George Bush argued to the Supreme Court, "Roe was wrongly decided and should be overruled." Joshua Frank is the author of the brand new book, Left Out!: How Liberals Helped Reelect George W. Bush, which has just been published by Common Courage Press. You can order a copy at a discounted rate at http://www.brickburner.org. Joshua can be reached at Joshua [at] brickburner.org. --------20 of 21-------- Meet the New McCarthyites Return of the Academic Witch Hunts By DAVE LINDORFF CounterPunch July 23 / 24, 2005 McCarthy-style witch hunts are coming back, and the first place we'll be seeing them is at Pennsylvania's public colleges and universities. Under the innocent-sounding name "Academic Bill of Rights," a gaggle of right-wing "culture warriors" in the Republican-led Pennsylvania House recently passed HR 177, a resolution authorizing them to invade public colleges and universities armed with subpoenas to grill faculty on curricula, reading lists, exams, homework assignments, grading and teaching styles, and to take testimony from students, allegedly to determine whether their professors are fair or "biased." The underlying assumption of the resolution - part of a nationwide campaign spearheaded by one-time SDS lefty and now rabid right-wing activist David Horowitz - is that America's colleges and universities have been overrun by leftist fanatics intent on banishing conservative ideas and punishing conservative or Christian students who dare to speak out. The notion that leftists are in charge in academia, is as bogus as the notion that the media are dominated by liberals. The political mix on most campus faculties across the country is not much different from what you'd find in the broader community. Moreover, leftist teachers are no more likely to impose their ideas on students or to punish those who disagree than are rightists (maybe less), and in either case such behavior should and would likely be roundly condemned. (Any decent school has a mechanism for students to challenge political bias by a professor, and indeed Horowitz and his minions have been hard-pressed to show any hard evidence of such abuses.) Add to this the reality that at the higher you look in university administrations, through chairs to deans and provosts on up to presidents, the more conservative officials tend to be politically. At Pennsylvania's Temple University, for example, the University Senate voted resoundingly to oppose HR177 as a threat to academic freedom and free speech, yet the university president, David Adamany-technically an ex-officio member of the Senate - was quoted publicly as not seeing anything troubling about the legislative intrusion into academic affairs. In my own limited experience in academia (which has included teaching at Alfred University, a small liberal arts institution, Ithaca College, a rather mainstream private institution with an emphasis on the arts, and Ivy League Cornell University), being overtly on the left was seen as a bit edgy, and perhaps even dangerous to one's tenure aspirations. The Horowitzniks and Pennsylvania's HR177 backers also misunderstand, or deliberately misrepresent, the role of a university professor, particularly in the liberal arts fields like literature, political science, philosophy, sociology, etc., which is where their attention is focused. University teaching, unlike elementary and high school instruction, should not be so much a "covering of the field" as an introduction to the idea of self-instruction and independent thinking. At its best, a college course should teach students how to pursue knowledge on their own, how to research and express their own ideas, and how to defend and, as needed, amend or even reject those ideas on the basis of free intellectual debate. There is nothing wrong with having a teacher who presents a point of view, as long as that teacher is honest about it, and open to challenge. My favorite teachers when I was an undergraduate in the late '60s were precisely those professors who held strong views with which I disagreed vehemently, because they forced me to clarify my own thinking and to defend my own contrarian positions. What Howoritz and the HR177 resolution backers seek is a bland, neutral academy where everyone keeps her or his ideas to her or himself. By bringing a legislative inquisition to campus, these people are really pursuing an agenda of intimidation and conformity, hoping to silence those in academe who may hold views out of synch with the national consensus. I taught once at a school that was like that: Fudan University in the People's Republic of China. Pennsylvania is the first state where they've succeeded in passing a version of Howoritz's insidious redbaiting legislation. The anti-intellectual crew in Harrisburg was aided in its efforts by a state media that ignored their campaign until the measure had already passed. Pennsylvania's main newspaper, the Philadelphia Inquirer, ran no reports on House hearings on the resolution or even on the final vote. In fact, the Inquirer's first mention of the resolution-run after the measure had already passed - was an op-ed rant by a right-wing Penn State education professor who claimed, with no supporting evidence, that the state's public higher education institutions were under the tyrannical grip of minority and feminist professors. In the 1950s, academics were attacked by Sen. Joe McCarthy and a gang of right-wing zealots who equated liberals and free thinkers with Communist fifth columnists and hounded many honorable teachers out of their jobs. Most Americans now recall that era in embarrassment. Horowitz and a bunch of right-wing legislative yahoos in Harrisburg, PA seem hell-bent on reviving that anti-intellectual witch-hunt. Dave Lindorff is the author of Killing Time: an Investigation into the Death Row Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal. His new book of CounterPunch columns titled "This Can't be Happening!" is published by Common Courage Press. Information about both books and other work by Lindorff can be found at http://www.thiscantbehappening.net. He can be reached at: dlindorff [at] yahoo.com --------21 of 21-------- Ozymandias I met a traveller from an antique land Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert... Near them, on the sand, Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown, And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command, Tell that its sculptor well those passions read Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things, The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed: And on the pedestal these words appear: "My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!" Nothing beside remains. Round the decay Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare The lone and level sands stretch far away. -- Percy Bysshe Shelley, 1792-1822 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- - David Shove shove001 [at] tc.umn.edu rhymes with clove Progressive Calendar over 2225 subscribers as of 12.19.02 please send all messages in plain text no attachments
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