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Move The Game

Posted by Phoenix Woman on August 9, 2010

Passing this on courtesy of a friend of mine who is affiliated with most if not all of the groups listed herein:

Local Activists, Civil Rights Groups to Protest MLB Owner’s Meeting

WHAT: Press conference and rally outside of Day 1 of the quarterly Major League Baseball Owners’ Meeting, demanding that MLB Commissioner Bud Selig move the 2011 All-Star Game out of Arizona

WHEN: Wednesday, August 11- Press conference – 5:00 p.m.
Rally – 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: Graves 601 Hotel
601 North 1st Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403

WHO: Carlos Roa, Move the Game campaign manager for
Niger Arevalo, campaign organizer, Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action committee (MIRAc);

Endorsed by: MIRAc, BAM!, Centro Campesino, SEIU Local 26, and

About Carlos Roa: As an undocumented student at Miami Dade College, Roa gained national attention for immigration reform as a participant in the Trail of Dreams, a four month-long journey to from Miami to Washington, DC – on foot. He is with managing the campaign.

Partial injunction of SB 1070 does nothing to deter national campaign to move the 2011 All-Star Game out of Arizona

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Unwavering from their demand that Major League Baseball (MLB) Commissioner Bud Selig move the 2011 All-Star Game out of Arizona, community groups and social activists in Minneapolis are set to rally and protest outside of the quarterly MLB Owners’ Meeting on Wednesday, August 11 at 5:30pm. This despite the partial injunction granted by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton last week, blocking only certain provisions of the anti-immigrant and racial profiling law – SB 1070 – hours before it went into effect.

The rally and protest are part of the national campaign – a coalition of organizations led by and–which has coordinated several rallies, protests and other events across the country in reaction to Arizona’s passage of SB 1070. Members of the campaign believe that Judge Bolton’s partial injunction was not a victory in itself, but rather one of many steps in the right direction, and will continue to pressure Commissioner Selig until the game is moved to a different state.

“Regardless of Judge Bolton’s decision last week, the fact remains that parts of SB 1070 are still in effect and will now serve as a constant reminder of how racially insensitive the people of Arizona can be,” said Carlos Roa, campaign manager for “Commissioner Selig and Major League Baseball need to understand that we will not stop our campaign until he moves the game from the state that allowed such blatant racial profiling to even be considered.” has already gathered and attempted to deliver more than 110,000 petitions to Commissioner Selig, signed by community members asking him to move the location of the 2011 All-Star Game.

Despite claiming that the MLB is a social institution, Commissioner Selig has refused to take a stand on SB 1070. When members attempted to present Commissioner Selig with the petitions in Anaheim in July, they were refused by MLB staff and security. Members of the Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action committee (MIRAc) and Boycott Arizona – Minnesota (BAM!) will attempt to deliver the petitions to the MLB team owners in attendance.

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Lance Mannion Speaks

Posted by Phoenix Woman on August 9, 2010

You listen.

Yes, that goes for you. And you. And you, too.

Especially if you’re a Randian.

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Honduran dictatorship, day 212

Posted by Charles II on August 9, 2010

A quick skim of what’s out there.

The dictatorship of Honduras claims that the killings of journalists are under control. To grasp the gravity of the situation, suppose that 300 US journalists had been assassinated in the first half of the year and that evidence had surfaced that most of the assassinations were political. That’s how bad things are, proportionately, in Honduras. Ana Pineda, Minister of Human Rights claims that warrants of arrest have been made in four of the cases, and one of those cases is being prosecuted even now. So, see? No impunity.

Blake Schmidt of Bloomberg writes that the coffee crop is down 9% because of El Nino and the coup. Supposedly there is going to be $45M invested in the port of Roatan, but I can’t find the El Heraldo article to which this refers. Tiempo comments on the latest police incursion into the national university that this violation of autonomy is simply leading to greater violence. There has been a hunger strike over the last 100 days in support of union workers dismissed due to the bullheadedness of university officials. Annie Bird of Rights Action says that the US is pressuring Latin America to accept Honduras back into the OAS. Radio Progreso reports on transnational harassment by Standard Fruit of the union SUTRASFCO.

RAJ has a four part series (1, 2, 3, 4) on the cycle of dictatorship in Honduras as described by Miguel Cáceres Rivera, an economist, and historian Sucelinda Zelaya. A coup, in their view, represents a political breakdown following a protracted failure to solve social problems. The recent coup was almost 20 years in the making.

The first crisis, beginning in 1880-90 was rooted in the displacement by foreign banana plantations of small farmers and ranchers, creating zones of wealth inequality and population growth. This ended in the dictatorship of Tiburcio Carías Andino, who was legally elected in 1932 and left office in 1949. In the second cycle (late 1950s-1970s), performed under military juntas, there was both urbanization of rural workers into industrial jobs and settlement of formerly marginal lands and land reform of the plantations. In the third crisis, growing unemployment, rising oligo/monopolistic rents and neoliberal measures such as devaluation, and regressive taxation combined to exacerbate wealth inequality. A major effect of the coup was to cause a decline in Honduran economic activity, with no solution in sight.

Adrienne linked a film clip of Undersecretary Maria Otero saying that human rights are not a condition for readmission of Honduras to OAS. Too bad that North Korea isn’t in the Western Hemisphere. They could join, too. Adrienne also links a piece by Tamar Sharabi on the conflict in the palm oil “alternative energy!” “green energy!” plantations:

…one third of the best agricultural lands in Honduras are owned by one percent of the country’s producers. Meanwhile, Oxfam International reports that 67 of every 100 persons in Honduras live in extreme poverty, without the ability to generate sufficient income even for the basic food staples. The Dinant corporation, “dedicated to the packaging and commercialization of oil, vegetables and fruits,” owns 17,000 hectares (approximately the size of Washington D.C.) in the Aguan and Lean Valley. A large portion of this land is contested by the Unified Movement of Aguan Farmers (MUCA), which claims the land was illegally acquired. MUCA represents over 3,500 families in the area.

In a USDA GAIN report, Dinant is listed as a leader in African palm production with the installed capacity to produce 36,000 gallons/day of biodiesel.

Brother John attends another workshop, this one on peace and reconciliation.

The State Dept. Follies

MR. CROWLEY: …Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs Maria Otero just arrived in Tegucigalpa [August 3rd] and will be meeting with senior government officials, business and civil society leaders, in Honduras. She’ll meet later this afternoon with President Lobo and continue to monitor the progress that Honduras is undergoing to normalize its ties with the international community.

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Man Bites Dog. Sun Rises In East. Fareed Zakaria Does The Right Thing.

Posted by Phoenix Woman on August 9, 2010

Edward Teller describes it here.

Wow. Enough people start getting brave enough to things like that, and maybe the Likudniks won’t keep dominating the US conversation WRT the Middle East.

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