Friday, June 16, 2006

DFL State Convention - Part II - Friday : Charley Underwood

Friday was initially frustrating, with Lori Berglund Olson and the credentials committee refusing to hear my argument for upholdng some part of the decision, made twice, by the Constitution & By-Laws Commission. Since it seemed so important to avoid the discussion of problems in our party out in front of the public that day, I hope that persons(e.g. Brian Melendez) who have some influence over whether the process gets fixed give me some credit for not forcing this issue that day in front of the media. I still hopethat the other parts of the suggested remedy will be enacted, e.g. a convention chair appointed from outside of the county in 2008 so that Beltrami Co. DFLers can see what a process that is fair and based on the Robert's Rules, the Official Call and Constitution looks like, and to elect delegates based on their support from other delegates, not fealty to local party bosses.

Eventually, I just focused on getting credentials that would get me access to the floor, or at least back to the "war rooms" of the various campaigns that I was willing to help. I was disappointed to find out that "Media" credentials gave the holder access to the floor, but "Blogger" credentials really only gave you access to sit at a table at the edge of the balcony... Bloggers would still have needed binoculars and parabolic microphones to figure out what was really going on, unless they had credentials as delegates, or had spies on the floor. Since I didn't bring a laptop, I tried to do some spying for the bloggers I knew, but I don't think anyone credited this blogger for timely gossip or leaked surprises. Oh well. My only big leak to bloggers and a few delegates who were out of the loop was to tell them beforehand that Charley Underwood would be nominated from the floor for U.S. Senate, and for what purpose. I also told them a little bit about who Charley was, and how his Peace Calendar e-mail list helps keep the Metro-area peace community informed and organized around events.

Friday's highlights were the speeches by Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer and Charley Underwood. Charley Underwood became a candidate for the day to highlight the Peace First! strategy and "Peace Standard".

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What follows in the rest of this post is the most recent Peace Calendar e-mail (I've removed e-mail addresses from the items announced to reduce the risk of spambots harvesting those e-mail addresses - The one exception is the address used to subscribe to the list!)

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PERSONAL NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: I had a very brief run for the U.S. Senate at the DFL convention in Rochester last weekend. You can hear the speech at:
http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/06/09/conventionrecap/
The speech is about 12 minutes and the questions and answers run about 25 minutes.

NOTE: To subscribe, to unsubscribe or to send event announcements, please write to charleyunderwood@hotmail.com with "peace calendar" in the subject line.

Peace Calendar for June 15, 2006

4/15 to 7/4, museum hours, Exhibit: Nazi Olympics, Berlin 1936, showing use of Games for military training, pageantry, propaganda, MN Historical Society. 345 Kellogg Blvd, St Paul. 651-296-6126.

6/2 to 6/18, Bedlam Theatre presents "West Bank Story" featuring the 1898 time of Bohemian flats, the 1972 time of the Co-op movement and the 2006 time of Little Africa and tall bikes, all at Mixed Blood Theater, 1502 S 4th St, Mpls. 612-327-6089.

6/16 to 6/22, Al Gore's well-reviewed documentary on global warming "An Inconvenient Truth," LagoonTheater, Mpls. www.landmarktheatres.com

Friday, 6/16, 8 am to 5 pm, conference and ceremony for communities of color to support each other with grassroots environmental issues, Mpls American Indian Center, 1530 Franklin Ave, Mpls. www.chalchiutlicue.org

Friday, 6/16, 2 to 6 pm, community peace celebration, with food, games, music, speakers, Ober Community Center, 357 St Anthony Ave, St Paul. 651-209-6512.

Friday, 6/16, 5 pm, protest vigil to mark the 2500th US military death in Iraq, in front of Sen. Norm Coleman's office, 2550 University Ave W, St Paul. 612-827-5364.

Friday, 6/16, 6 pm, film "In America," about Irish immigrants in NYC and their struggles, Resource Center of the Americas, 3019 Minnehaha, Mpls. www.americas.org

Friday, 6/16, 6 pm, Veterans for Peace dinner and canoe raffle drawing, Day by Day Cafe, 477 W 7th St, St Paul. 612-821-9141.

6/16 and 6/17, 8 pm, Pangea World Theater presents a staged reading of The Partition Project (about the 1947 division of Pakistan and India), 711W Lake St, Mpls. 612-822-0015.

Saturday, 6/17, Juneteenth festival with parade starting 9 am at Penn Ave N & Plymouth Ave N and continuing to Theodore Wirth Park. Booth open in the park from 11 am to 7 pm.

Saturday, 6/17, 9 to 11 am, Haiti Justice Committee meeting, Resource Center of the Americas, 3019 Minnehaha, Mpls. www.americas.org

Saturday, 6/17, 10 to 11:30 am, report back from Witness for Peace team recently returned from Tucson, Nogales etc, Resource Center of the Americas, 3019 Minnehaha Ave, Mpls. www.americas.org

Saturday, 6/17, 3 pm, general planning meeting of Youth Against War and Racism (followed by BBQ at Powderhorn Park), Walker Community Church, 3104 - 16th Ave S, Mpls.

Saturday, 6/17, 7 pm, German film "Rosa Luxemburg," about anti-war socialist (ultimately murdered in 1919), May Day Books, 301 Cedar Ave S, Mpls. www.maydaybookstore.org

Saturday, 6/17, 7:30 to 10:30 pm, "Start Seeing Haiti" fundraiser to benefit Fr. Jean-Juste's feeding program in Port-au-Prince, The Jungle Red Salon, 1362 LaSalle Ave, Mpls. $5 cover. Caribbean food from Victor's Cafe, 612-388-2542.

Sunday, 6/18, 3 pm, IMPACT shows 2 films, "Corporate Agriculture" (about factory farming) and "Alternative Agriculture" (the other side), Acadia Cafe, Franklin & Nicollet Aves, Mpls.

Sunday, 6/18, 2 to 5 pm, rally for justice for Maria Inamagua, an Ecuadorian immigrant to died in Ramsey Cty jail due to lack of medical attention, State Capitol Bldg, St. Paul. www.antiwarcommittee.org

Sunday, 6/18, 3 to 5 pm, Sigrid Bachmann, recently returned from Witness for Peace trip to Venezuela, speaks to Amnesty International monthly meeting, Center for Victims of Torture, 717 E River Rd SE, Mpls.

Monday, 6/19, 7 to 9 pm, Passport to Peace, wine and dine fundraiser ($25 suggested) to support continuing work of Antiwar Committee, home of Fadia Abdul-Hajj, 1716 Dupont Ave S, Mpls www.antiwarcommittee.org

Monday, 6/19, 6:30 pm, free film "Paradise Now" about possible last 2 days of Palestinian suicide bombers, St Joah of Arc Church Hospility Hall, 4537 - 3rd Ave. S, Mpls. www.worldwidewamm.org

Tuesday, 6/20, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, Jeff Nygard of Nygard Notes talks to the conversational salon about the labels of Left and Right, Mad Hatter's Tea House, 943 W 7th, St. Paul 651-227-2511.

Wednesday, 6/21, 5 to 6 pm, special vigil to say No to war with Iran, Lake/Marshall bridge over the Mississippi. www.worldwidewamm.org

Wednesday, 6/21, 7 to 11 pm, celebrate Somali independence and see film "The Letter," about race, culture and community, at Cinema and Civics at Stevens Square Park, 1801 Stevens Ave, Mpls.

Thursday, 6/22, 6 pm, Pastors for Peace president Rev. Thomas E Smith speaks as Cuba Pastors for Peace caravan passes through, St Albert the Great Church, 2836 - 33rd Ave S, Mpls. $10 (no one turned away). mncuba@usfamily.net or 651-983-3981.

Thursday, 6/22, 7 pm, the War Plays Project presents "Letters to, Letters from...Letters Never Written" play from letters of soldiers from Civil War to present, Hamline-Midway Library, 1558 W Minnehaha Ave, St Paul. $5 (no one turned away). www.mnneighbors4peace.org

Thursday, 6/22, 8 pm, Hamline forensic scientist Susan Thurston Myster talks about The Innocence Project, followed by film, Arise Bookstore, 2441 Lyndale Ave S, Mpls. www.arisebookstore.org

6/23 to 6/28, Global Network: World Peace Forum in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. www.worldpeaceforum.ca

Saturday, 6/24, 10 to 11:30 am, Mary Kost talks about "Comida Para Vida," a nutrition program in Guatemala, Resource Center of the Americas, 3019 Minnehaha, Mpls. www.americas.org

Saturday, 6/24, 10 am to midafternoon, Women's Intl League for Peace and Freedom retreat, (RSVP by June 13).

6/24 and 6/25, GLBT Pride Festival, Loring Park, just west of downtown Mpls. Antiwar Committee has games and a lit table Saturday from 8:30 to 6 and Sunday from 10 to 6. March with AWC in using circus theme, assembly at 10 am downtown. FFI: www.antiwarcommittee.org

Saturday, 6/24, 6 pm, Stephen Macek reads from book "Urban Nightmares: The Media, the Right and the Moral Panic Over the City," Mayday Books, 301 Cedar Ave, West Bank, Mpls. www.maydaybookstore.org

Monday, 6/26, 11:30 am, Center for Victims of Torture marks UN Intl Day in Support of Victims of Torture, State Capitol Rotunda, St Paul. www.cvt.org

Tuesday, 6/27, 6:30 pm, UMD McKnight prof James Fetzer speaks at Conversational Salon on need for an independent study of the 9/11 tragedy, Mad Hatter's Tea/Coffee House, 943 W 7th, St Paul.

Wednesday, 6/28, 7 to 11 pm, celebrate Pride with film "Call Me Malcolm," about transgender seminary student, at Cinema and Civics at Stevens Square Park, 1801 Stevens Ave, Mpls.

Wednesday, 6/28, 7 pm, Come Out Against the War! where Anti-War Committee invites the GLBT community to speak out against the war with poems, guitar, whatever, Betsy's Backporch Cafe, 5447 Nicollet Ave S, Mpls. www.antiwarcommittee.org

Saturday, 7/1, 10 to 11:30 am, homeless Veterans for Peace meeting, Peacehouse, 510 E Franklin, Mpls. Wayne at 651-774-4008.

Wednesday, 7/5, 7 to 11 pm, film "Tiny Explosions," about conflict between hope and status quo in Mpls, at Cinema and Civics at Stevens Square Park, 1801 Stevens Ave, Mpls.

Wednesdays, 7/5 and 7/12, plus Thursday, 7/27, 7 pm, living legend activist Marv Davidov presents "One son sits in the streets, the other cleans them" 1-man show of comedy and drama, Bryant Lake Bowl, Bryant & Lake St, Mpls. The wonderful McDonald sisters opens the first show. $12. Reservations at
612-825-8949.

7/6 to 7/9, Midwest Social Forum (previously known as RadFest), U of W-Milwaukee Student Union, Milwaukee. www.mwsocialforum.org

7/7 (starts 6 pm) to 7/9 ends 6 pm, basic level Alternatives to Violence Workshop, which has been used to reduce violence in Rwanda, Bosnia, Kenya and the U.S., Friends for a Nonviolent World, 1050 Selby Ave, St. Paul. avp@fnvw.org

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VIGILS

Every Sunday, noon to 1 pm, peace vigil at Summit and Snelling, St Paul. 651-699-8655.

Every Sunday, 4 to 5 pm, Peace vigil at 66th and York Ave. S, Edina. FFI: Vicki 952-835-8687.

Every Monday, 4:15 to 5:15 pm, Vigil in downtown White Bear Lake at intersection of Highway 61 and 4th Street. FFI: www.worldwidewamm.org

Every Tuesday, 4:30 to 5:30 pm, Peace vigil at 98th St. and Lyndale, Bloomington. 952-831-4276.

Every Tuesday, 5 to 6 pm (all year), east end of Franklin bridge over the Mississippi River, Mpls.

Every Wednesday, 7 to 8 a.m., Vigil at Alliant Tech, 5050 Lincoln, Edina. FFI: www.circlevision.org/alliantaction.html

Every Wednesday, 4 to 5 pm, Peace walk, carrying signs in both directions from the corner of Hwy 241 and Co Rd 19 (across from St. Michael's Church), St. Michael.

Every Wednesday, 4:45 to 5:45, Grandmothers for Peace vigil, 50th and Halifax, Edina (just west of France). www.worldwidewamm.org

Every Wednesday, 5 to 6 pm (changes 5/31), Vigil to end the occupation of Iraq, Lake/Marshall bridge over the Mississippi. www.worldwidewamm.org

Every Wednesday, 4:30-5:30 pm, Peace vigil over footbridge at 85th Ave N and Hwy 252, Brooklyn Park FFI 763-566-8255

Every Wednesday, 6 pm, peace vigil at signal light on Hwy 169, Belle Plaine. JoAnne, 952-873-3315

Every Thursday, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Vigil in front of Lockheed Martin, NW corner of Pilot Knob Road and Yankee Doodle Road in Eagan.

Every Thursday, 5 pm, Peace vigil at the SE corner, intersection Co. Hwy 10 and University Ave NE, Blaine (the SE corner).

Every Friday, noon to 1 pm, Anti-Recruitment vigil ³Our Children Are Not Cannon Fodder,² off Oak St and Washington Ave, East Bank of U, Minneapolis, 612-379-4716.

Every Friday, 4:15 to 5:15 p.m., Vigil to end the occupation of Palestine, Snelling and Summit, St. Paul.

Every Friday, 4:30, Red Wing Alliance for Peace sponsors a vigil at John Rick park, Red Wing, followed by potluck and discussion on alternate weeks.

Every Friday, 5 to 6 pm, Chisago City gathering for peace (chat, sing, run around with the kids, share food), Moberg Park, Chisago City.

Every Friday, 5 to 6 pm, peace vigil at Lagoon and Hennepin, Uptown Mpls. FFI: WAMM.

Every Friday, J. Rich Park, 4:30 to 5:30 pm, Peace vigil, Hwy. 61 and West Avenue, RedWing.

Every Saturday, 9 am, Peace walk, Fern and Hwy. 95, Cambridge. (8 block walk)

Every Saturday, 10 to 11 am, peace vigil at corner of Bridge and River St, Chippewa Falls, WI. FFI: 715-726-0365.

Every Saturday, 1 to 3 pm, Vigil at Barnes and Noble, highways 15 and 23 (Division Street), St. Cloud.

Every Saturday, noon to 12:15, Vigil at Bridge Square (Division and 4th), Northfield.

More vigils are listed at www.worldwidewamm.org

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