To the Minneapolis Civil Rights Commission, the St. Paul Civil Rights Department, Senator Scott Dibble, Rep. Frank Hornstein, the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, and Richard Carlbom, concerning the imposition of same sex marriage on Minnesota:
The right of every man to worship [G-d] according to the dictates of his own conscience shall never be infringed…nor shall any control of or interference with the rights of conscience be permitted…
Article I, Section 16, Constitution of Minnesota
If you do not obey this law, it’s going to get f**king ugly.
You have been so advised, be guided accordingly.
Question for Representative Frank Hornstein:
If in-state tuition for illegal immigrants passes the Minnesota legislature and is signed into law, will my cousin, a United States citizen from New Jersey, be able to get in-state college tuition if he violates immigration law?
A standing room only crowd of more than 125 people turned out here, Feb. 23, to hear Hatem Abudayyeh, a prominent Chicago-based Palestinian activist who talked about the growing struggle for the liberation of Palestine and the repression against Palestine solidarity activists here in the U.S.
Abudayyeh is one of the anti-war and international solidarity activists who were raided by the FBI on Sept. 24, 2010. At the time, he received a subpoena to appear in front of a Chicago grand jury investigating “material support for terrorism,” and refused to go.
This was part of the same series of raids that included Mick Kelly, Jess Sundin and Meredith Aby here in Minneapolis. Kelly’s search warrant specified items related to support for the PFLP and Hizb’Allah as part of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization. I’d like to see a copy of Abudayyeh’s search warrant. Wouldn’t be too far off the mark.
After Abudayyeh’s speech, there was a lively question and answer period. One of the questions dealt ties between the U.S. and Israel. “There is some confusion about the relationship between the U.S. and Israel. It is a proxy for the U.S. in the Arab world. It was established to block the aspirations of the Arab peoples. That is the role that it plays for U.S. imperialism.”
That Israel, an advanced nation-state, home to medical, technological advancements, and guarantees of human rights in a parliamentary democracy escapes left wing (“progressive”) American supporters. Here’s where Abudayyeh finally shows his honesty:
Another question came up about the goals of the Palestinian national movement and the issue of a one or ‘two state solution.’ Abudayyeh urged the establishment of a single, democratic, secular state in all of Palestine. Speaking of Israel, he said, “A racist colonial apartheid state has no right to exist.”
Translation: the annihilation of Israel and the subsequent genocide of millions of Jews.
Who endorsed the event?
The event was endorsed by American Muslims for Palestine, Coalition for Palestinian Rights, Communities United Against Police Brutality, MayDay Bookstore, Middle East Peace Now, Minnesota Break the Bonds Campaign, Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee, Minnesota Peace Action Coalition, Students for a Democratic Society at the U of M, Twin Cities Peace Campaign, Veterans for Peace, the Welfare Rights Committee, Women Against Military Madness, and the Women’s Student Activist Collective.
We already know who most of these organizations are. I am surprised the Anti-War Committee wasn’t specifically mentioned on the list. We’ll get to the Minnesota Peace Action Coalition later – but first: who is the Women’s Student Activist Collective? Their application for UMN student activity fees explains their mission statement:
- WSAC’s mission is to empower women, transgender, and gender non-conforming people to make positive changes in society by eliminating interrelated inequalities that produce oppression, with a focus on gender and sexuality.
- WSAC’s vision is to serve as a resource and cultural center for all women and students at the University, and we continually strive to welcome and provide a service to students of all backgrounds.
- We provide students and community members with a space to enrich their understandings of contemporary social issues, resources to encourage thoughtful deliberations, programming events to foster vibrant discussions, and to create a strong sense of community at the University.
To serve as an activist resource center and cultural center for all campus and community members.
To cultivate partnerships between student organizations, activists and cultural centers.
To provide programming to supplement the academic curriculum and provide opportunities to discuss, learn, educate, and lead both individually and collectively.
To make the University a comfortable, non-sexist, non-heterosexist, non-cissexist environment for everyone, especially women, transgender, and gender nonconforming people, in order to create a sense of respectful community at the U.
To bridge the gap between U students and the greater Twin Cities community, fostering lasting and mutually beneficial relationships between students, professionals, and community organizations.
Who do they collaborate with?
We also cosponsored numerous events on campus, such as the Aurora Center’s Breaking the Silence concert, a kick-off for Domestic Violence Awareness month, and off campus, such as the Anti-War Committee’s spoken word event at local bookstore MayDay Books and the Morphologies Queer Performance Festival.
The Jew-hating, jihad-supporting, eliminationist Anti-War Committee. Anyone else?
WSAC has had a long-standing relationship with the Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies department, since members of WSAC helped found the department in 1973. In addition, the Women’s Center, formally known as the Office for University Women, has been a long-time supporter of our mission and programming. While both the GWSS department and the Women’s Center are dedicated to the advancement of women, WSAC is unique in its extensive student involvement and leadership, programming aimed towards students, co-sponsorship opportunities, and collective structure.
Our tax money is supporting this? That battle is for another day. They continue:
…WSAC has had cosponsored programming and events with the American Indian Student Cultural Center (AISCC), the Women’s Center, La Raza Student Cultural Center, the Al-Madinah Cultural Center, the Muslim Students Association, Democracy Matters, the Disabled Student Cultural Center (DSCC), the Transgender Commission, Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG), Compassionate Action for Animals (CAA), University Pro-Choice Coalition (UPCC), Black Motivated Women (BMW), Eco-watch, the Queer Student Cultural Center (QSCC), and Amnesty International.
In one ironic breath: Al-Madinah Cultural Center, the Muslim Students Association, Queer Student Cultural Center (QSCC). Got that one?
In the desciption on the UMN Students Groups web site, they state that
The Women’s Student Activist Collective not only works towards gender equality, but to recognizing that all forms of oppression are united. We work towards social justice in all arenas, which qualifies us as a “cultural and diversity” student group. Diversity is important to a healthy campus, and should be more than tolerated.
This is some revelation considering their latest sponsorship: that of one Mr. Abudayyeh who believes that Israel is a “racist colonial apartheid state [that] has no right to exist”, as the PLO declares no Jews could live in any future Arab-Muslim state and Hamas declaring their intent to eliminate the Jewish homeland. This is who the UMN Women’s Student Activist Collective supports.
Question: do the officers of the WSAC - Toni Haraldsen, Ariana Lopez, Ana McRae, Michelle Spivey, and Carla Wilson – support the jihad against the Jews? I’d complain to Grace Kelley, their advisor. I don’t think it would do much good, since she is an officer in the SDS – who also sponsored the event.
That leaves it up to filing an complaint with the Student Activities Office. We’ll see. I’ll make some inquiries first.
And everything else, apparently.
Governor Mark Dayton, in his State of the State address yesterday, stated:
I want Minnesota to be a state, which affirms that freedom for one means freedom for everyone, and where no one is told it is illegal to marry the person you love.
Therefore, according to Governor Dayton, the DFL, and Minnesota United, it should not be illegal for a man who loves 2 women, or 3, or 5, or 20, to marry them. Or whatever combination, as long as they love each other.
He did say “everyone”.
(update later with legal cites)
No, I didn’t think so.
Now to your question: you can specifically make further cuts by not building another stadium with our money.
Thanks, Mark. You can go. The door’s right over there.