UWL Progressives

The Progressives bring together progressive thinking individuals to encourage democracy, ecological wisdom, social justice, non-violence, global awareness, post patriarchal values, respect for diversity and personal as well as social responsibility. The group focuses on actions to promote and raise awareness of these issues.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Progressives Minutes

Progressives Minutes for October 9, 2007
Mtgs every Tuesdays 7pm in 259CC

Date Auction
Student senate fundraiser for the chancellor’s inauguration gift (guitar)
Thursday at 7:30pm in Valhalla
Bjorn, student senate vice president, offers a romantic tandem bicycle ride in the historic downtown La Crosse to the Pearl for some ice cream.
Other members of student senate will also be auctioned

Natural Step Circles
7pm ward room next Monday October 15th
Discussion based groups for 6 weeks
20 brand new books donated, you can buy your own on Amazon.com
Be kind to your book so we can reuse them
Get on the Nat Step contact list contact Bjorn Bergman

Steering committee for new academic building
Scoping mtg, hear public concerns, affects on environ
Tuesday Oct 16 in Valhalla, there will be cookies

United Council
Represents all UW schools
Networking, working on local organic food and fair trade products on campus
8-11 pm this Friday somewhere in CC
Because what else do you have to do on a Friday night?

“Peace not Prejudice week”
Our response to “Islamo-Fascism awareness week”
Wed 24th night candlelight peace march
Origami cranes needed, demo TBA
Homework: Think of 5 things you can do to live a better life
We will compile them for tabling for P not P week

Countering Military Recruitment
First mtg Thur 530 after EC in 259 CC
Depopulating the military
Military recruiters make false claims about the benefits you get for sign on

Know your rights campaign
Tomorrow (Wed) at the Clocktower from 9-4
Thanks to Nessa and Christy
2 topics: Landlord rights and What to do when an officer confronts you
Free buttons passed out, and will be at the table
Party on Friday at 9pm at the Goalpost (for those of age)
Donate money for a keg

10 things you should know:
1. Don’t run from the police
2. You don’t have to give an officer any info you don’t want to, but be polite (don’t have to come out and say you’ve been drinking if you haven’t been asked)
3. Its never bad to consult legal advice
4. know if you’ve been charged for a crime or given a citation
5. your landlord must give 12 hours before coming into your home (you can deny them entry if they didn’t warn you, even just to change a s
6. Fill out damage reports before moving into your home, before pictures can save you money on your security deposit (which you should get back after renting)
7. When driving: Have current tags, stop completely at all stop signs, have working head and tail lights, use turn signals
8. Don’t drink and drive: it’s a criminal offense
9. Don’t drive with paraphernalia in the car
10. The police are here to be community care takers

Criminal offense: resist arrest, avading arrest, DWI, disorderly conduct (get a lawyer)
Citation: underage drinking tickets, noise violations, public intoxication

Ultimate Frisbee
Tomorrow 10pm in Mitchell
Bring your students ID, short sleeved shirt and a couple bucks for entry fee.
We won last week, keep it up.

School of the Americas
Friday Nov 16th 10:15am to Monday noonish
School on a military base
64,000 Latin American soldiers trained
Some have had some of the worst human rights violations against them
School of the Americas watch, working on shutting down SOA
Oct 23 is the $40 down payment deadline
Info: Jeanne Whisler (8.4@stud) 651.428.8969
SOA Committee on campus
Meets every Thursday
This week at Jeanne’s house; she’s making Apple Crisp!!
517 north 13th St (by the Health Center, green house) at 8pm
Second SOA Movie night
Thursday October 18th SOA 7pm room 208 GMH

Progressives Movie Nights
Two short movies on the Iraq war
This Thursday 7pm in 208 GMH

Trial for Ron Kind sit in
Show up on court date Thur Nov 1st at 3pm
Come support your classmates

What Patrick needs help with:
History of our progress org.
List of programs we have organized.
Campaigns we have supported.
Anything that individuals want changed.
If we want the bus.
All input is appreciated

Good news and bad news
-Adam: thanks for coming to the party on Friday. We discussed police on bikes, proposing green fee, reduce one-time use stuff (paper bags at chars), etc
-Victory: Cassville coal plant down the Mississippi is nixed, we can put our feet up.
-Unofficial bike shop at Adam’s house.
-Icky: Xcel had to shut down a boiler due to too much Dioxin release (hardcore carcinogenic) due to too much plastic burning. For the article go to the website for the LaCrosse Tribune and search “Xcel boiler shut down after failing emissions test”
-Icky #2: Excel also wants to do another rate raise (10% or so, like $13) to go into coal and nuclear, bottom line: not sustainable energy
More info: contact Adam Conlin 8.4

The best part of waking up is Fair Trade in your cup.
Sent out a survey to faculty about what kind/how much coffee they drink.
We want to be an Oxfam fair trade certified university

Men United Against Sexual Assault
Wednesdays at 8pm, this week in Baird Basement

Eyeglasses Donation
Do you have any eyeglasses that you don’t use?
Don’t throw them away:
*Over 1 billion people in developing countries need eyeglasses but cannot afford them.
*Over 4 million pairs of eyeglasses are thrown away each year in North America.
Bring glasses/ sunglasses to the meetings or me (Lindsey)
Or mail them yourself by Oct 31st:
Unite For Sight
Attn: Southern Eye Associates
5350 Poplar #950
Memphis, TN 38119

Women in black
Tuesdays 10-10:45am in front of Cartwright
Peace vigil, where silent women dressed in all black, mourning victims of wars and other violence. Come and stand, hand out literature.
If this time doesn’t work for you, there are others in the community, and there is talk of making an additional time on campus so more people can make it, any suggestions?
More info: contact Libby at Tucci.eliz@students.uwlax.edu

Power Shift
Nov 2-5 in Wash D.C.
First Nat’l Youth climate summit
Bands, wkshps, speakers, lobby day on the Capital
www.powershift07.org /Facebook/Carrie Wisinski

Planetarium: Album Encounters
Thursdays 7pm in Cowley basement
UWL students perform laser light shows
This week: Modest Mouse

Environmental Council
Every Thurday 4:15 259CC


Lindsey Stratton
8.4 or 608.577.1985

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Information + Energy = Activism

I mentioned this during today's meeting- Over on the right side of this page there are some links. One of them says "POAC News". It stands for "Project for the OLD American Century" (in contrast to the PNAC, the 'neo-cons', such as Dick Cheney and Paul Wolfowitz, responsible for the idea of invading Iraq) and it's a News Aggregator (an aggregator being something that gathers relevant content in one place for easy viewing); every day there are new headlines.

More than anything else, this website is what keeps me informed. I want to be obsolete. Please, take 5-10 minutes every day to skim the headlines for anything interesting (sometimes the story isn't any deeper than the headline, sometimes it is). You can get them sent to your e-mail by signing up for the "Daily Email Newsletter" on the left side (I haven't noticed spam).

A day is 1,440 minutes long. See, when I put it that way, 5 of them doesn't seem like much.


Progressives Minutes - 9/25

Minutes for September 25, 2007

“Progressives is like a mullet; business in the front, party in the back.”
Adam opened the mtg with a stellar quote

Tomorrow (BUSY):

Tent State
Tomorrow Wed 26th-27th
All day event, party it up in Wittch Field
Bring outdoor games, food, cds, tents, sleeping bags, white stuff to tie dye and your friends. Help set up at 8am, meet at Clocktower, help move tables.

Open Forum about Pepsi contract
Tomorrow from 4:30 to 6:30 in Port O Call in CC
Because of a new contract with Pepsi on campus, $70,000 a year goes to the students and we have say over where the money goes, this is your chance to voice your opinions and ideas. We need a lot of people to make a point.

Ultimate Frisbee
730pm in Mitchell
Need more girls; this week is girl’s advantage
Bring: your game face, a student ID, a dolla or 2 to Elena for the entry fee and wear a t-shirt with short sleeves or longer

Students for choice meeting
New org on campus for women’s reproductive rights.
Mtg tomorrow at 9pm in 259cc (but there is talk of them moving the mtg to the tent state event on Wittch). They are working on a law to tell all rape victims about emergency contraceptives. You can also go to www.plannedparenthood.com to vote/pledge on the issue.

Peace vigil
Every Wed at the Clocktower from 12-3
Photo petitions and such, come and hang out.
Facebook: “Peace please”

Hotel Rwanda
Wed 26th
2 showings in GMH at 4:30 and 7pm

The rest of the week:

Army of None
Thursday Sept 27
Ward Room (in CC) 11-2 Come and go as you please
“To counter military recruitment, end war and build a better world”

Environmental Council
Thursday 4:15pm in 259cc
Campaign planning meeting this week. Topic: lobby (go to a person with power and sway them) your faculty members for the Talloire Declaration, a document needing signatures for sustainability of our university.

Planetarium “Album Encounters”
Laser light show to popular music
Thursdays 7pm in the basement of Cowley
This week: Queens of the Stone Age

School of the Americas
In Georgia Nov 16-19
64,000 Latin American Dictators trained there
20,000 people protested there last year
Tentative price: $100
This Thursday 7pm 208 Graff Main Hall
There will be a movie shown for those who want to learn more and a discussion and mtg afterward. Join the Facebook Group
Jeanne Whisler (8.4@stud) (note the spelling, I got it wrong last week)

“Islamo- Fascism Awareness Week”
Oct 22-26th
We want to have our own even to draw attention away from this one which is sponsored by the college repubs. This event doesn’t represent this population accurately.
Meeting to discuss events Thur in Diversity Center at 8:15pm with other multicultural orgs

Friday is Hug a vegetarian day
You know what to do.

Green is Sexy Photoshoot
Friday 8am at the Marsh
Meet at the trailhead by kitty pool
Bring your bike and fishing poles
May be your last chance to get naked for the calendar
For more info join the Facebook group

Critical mass
Last Friday of Every month…so… This Friday!
Meet at Riverside Park at golden Eagle Statue at 5:30 (follow State Street till you almost bike into the river)
Global movement, solidarity for fellow bicyclists, bikes have equal rights on the streets, alternative transportation. So bring your bike and some friends.

Women in black
Tuesdays 10-10:45am in front of Cartwright
Peace vigil, where silent women dressed in all black, mourning victims of wars and other violence. Come and stand, hand out literature.
If this time doesn’t work for you, there are others in the community, and there is talk of making an additional time on campus so more people can make it, any suggestions?
More info: contact Libby at Tucci.eliz@students.uwlax.edu

Coming Up:

Know Your Rights Campaign
Thur-Fri October 11th-12th
Tabling at Clocktower n stuff
Check last week’s minutes or our Blog for more info

Clean Wisconsin
Campaign against rate raising at Excel, to fund not sustainable energy
Talk to Adam Conlin

Natural Step
Education program about how to build sustainable communities
LaX has discussion groups, 2 community members have come to campus to bring the program here. Based on a book from Sweden; we got 23 books donated to us
Mondays at 7pm this fall
Free class/ discussion groups, not for credit but for fun!
Contact Bjorn Bergman

Speaker Bob Kiesau
came to speak to us about the Myric Hixon Ecopark proposal; rebuilding of the zoo and nature center www.myricecopark.com
Here are some other topics/ Books to look into that Bob shared with us:
Anarcho- Primitivism: Wikipedia that phrase
EarthFirst- movement
Confessions of an EcoWarrior
Dave Foreman- Re-Wilding, keystone carnivores
Confessions of a Barbarian
The Monkey Wrench Gang
For more info call Bob (783.7001)

Power Shift
Nov 2-5 in Wash D.C.
First Nat’l Youth climate summit
Bands, wkshps, speakers, lobby day on the Capital
Early reg fee $20 (1 week left of early reg)
www.powershift07.org /Facebook/Carrie Wisinski

Have a good week,

Lindsey Stratton

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