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by the St Joe Valley Greens/Green Party

The Progressive Calendar is a listing of community events for those interested in addressing today’s issues with a progressive mindset; that is with a commitment to social justice, grassroots democracy, ecological wisdom and non-violence. 

* Mar 23 – Portage Avenue salon
* Mar 25 – Kroc Institute public lecture
* Mar 26 – Kroc Institute public lecture
* Mar 29 – Prepare, Run, Win

*Apr 2 – Sustainable Michiana
* Apr 10 – Save Darfur Campaign
* Apr 12 – Green Michiana Recycling Fair
* Apr 20 – Progressive Town Hall
* Apr 26 – 3rd Annual Community Forum on Economic Development
* Apr 28 – Earth Day

Ongoing Events:

* YouTube video – GreenTV
South Bend’s commemoration of the US’s 5th year at “war.”

* MPJC peace vigil
Mondays, 5-6 p.m.
Jefferson and Main St. South Bend
574-289-2126 or

* South Bend Equality Meeting (gender equality, human rights amendment)
1st and 3rd Monday of each month, 7pm
Unitarian Church on Northshore Blvd in South Bend



Dear Friends-

Please come join us for a couple hours of friendly conversation, good
food, & a sense of community here at the Portage Ave. Salon (611 Portage
Ave.) this Sunday from 7-9pm. Please BYO beverage, optional
veggie-friendly dish to share, & friends.

Also, check out this YouTube video on South Bend’s commemoration of the
US’s 5th year at “war.”

Please come if you can, & if you can’t, well, there’s always next Sunday!

Yours, Lily & Karl


Plan to attend the following events next week at the Kroc Institute for
International Peace Studies:

The 14th Annual Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C, Lectures in Ethics &
Public Policy

Featuring: Rev. J. Bryan Hehir, Harvard University’s Kennedy School of

* “Beyond the ‘Challenge of Peace’: Pastoral Letter for Our Day”
Tuesday, March 25
4:15 – 5:45 p.m. with reception following in the Great Hall

* “The Hardest Case: The Politics and Ethics of Proliferation
Wednesday, March 26
12:30 – 1:45 p.m.

Following the March 26th lecture, David Cortright, an expert on nuclear
weapons policy and a research fellow at Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for
International Peace Studies, will respond.

Both lectures will take place in the Hesburgh Center for International
Studies Auditorium.

Rev. J. Bryan Hehir, an internationally renowned theologian who
specializes in Catholic social teaching and international relations is
the featured speaker. Hehir is the Parker Gilbert Montgomery Professor
of the Practice of Religion and Public Life at Harvard University’s
Kennedy School of Government.

For more information on these events and others at the Kroc Institute,
visit <>.

Kathy Smarrella
Events Coordinator
Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies
University of Notre Dame
0-105 Hesburgh Center for International Studies
Notre Dame, IN 46556

574-631-9370 phone
574-631-6973 fax


Prepare, Run, Win: A Women’s Campaign College

Saturday March 29th from 8am to 2pm
Rooms 221-225 in the Student Activities Center (SAC)
Indiana University South Bend

Are ready to run for elected office?

* May consider running in the future
* Would like to work on a campaign and build their leadership

Prepare, Run Win offers you up-to-the-minute information on the changing
face of women running for office. You will:

* Learn how to put together a “21st Century Campaign”
* Learn how to raise funds like a pro and how to master media relations
* Receive practical advice from experienced women politicians
and civic leaders.

The $25.00 registration fee covers the cost of the continental breakfast,
lunch and all workshop materials. Deadline to register is Tuesday, March 25.

* Make your check payable to: Indiana University South Bend
* Mail it to: Dr. Elizabeth Bennion, Department of Political Science
Indiana University South Bend, 1700 Mishawaka Avenue
South Bend IN 46634

Please call Nikki Hutchinson (574) 239-2380 ext. 254 or Dr. Elizabeth
Bennion (574) 520-4128

IU South Bend American Democracy Project, IUSB Office of Campus
Diversity, IUSB Political Science Club, League of Women Voters of the
South Bend Area, Women Alliance, a Healthy Communities Initiative, Women
Business Owners of
Michiana and Faulkner Strategies.

Sustainable Michiana

Wednesday April 2 7:00-8:15 p.m.

Jordan International Center-IUSB Campus

Learn about how we can move towards a more sustainable economy in our individual lives, businesses and towns.  We are studying the book, The Natural Step Story: Seeding a Quiet Revolution, by Karl-Henrick Robèrt; join us even if you haven’t yet read the book.


Save Darfur Campaign: April 10th 6pm-9pm in room 1001 of Wiekamp Hall
Indiana University South Bend.

Featured will be the documentary “Darfur Now”.

This call to action to help end the crisis of genocide in Sudan’s
western region of Darfur uses the struggles and achievements of six very
different people to bring attention to the situation. Included in this
group are a UCLA graduate in L.A., a Darfurian woman who joins rebel
forces, a UN humanitarian in Sudan, and actor and activist Don Cheadle.

We will also have a guest speaker and African drumming group.
Refreshments will be available for a donation to the Save Darfur
campaign and a free will donation will be also be accepted.

This program is sponsored by the Political Science Club, American
Democracy Project, Environmental Justice League, Sustainable Communities
Committee, and International Programs at Indiana University South Bend.
For more information, please contact Robin Beck at


A Sustainability Fair for Home, Garden and Road
Saturday, April 12, 2008; 10 am – 4 pm
Administration Building Cafeteria
Indiana University South Bend

As part of our year-long series of events related to Indiana University
South Bend’s campus theme: Sustainable Communities, we are hosting a
sustainability fair and recycling drive to raise public awareness of
local “green” businesses, alternatives in construction, transportation,
and gardening, ways to reduce waste and recycle more.

There will be over 30 businesses. Try out the commuter bicycles,
electric cars, and enjoy the live music. Come learn about local
resources for increasing the energy efficiency of your home, green
decorating tips, gardening, and transportation.

The fair will mark the finale to a week-long recycling drive for plastic
bags and styrofoam (an expansion of the very successful BagFest last
year in which over 72,000 plastic bags were collected). We will also
provide information on materials that can be recycled in our area
(examples: TVs, batteries, paint, and more).

Materials accepted for recycling (Drop off at Administration Building

* Styrofoam packing peanuts: collected April 8 – 12

* White expanded polystyrene (e.g. white Styrofoam coolers,
and Styrofoam used to package electronic equipment and other
products, expanded polystyrene #6; styrofoam plates and cups
CANNOT be accepted): collected April 8 – 12

* Plastic Grocery bags (must be clean): collected April 8 – 12

* Personal home computers will be collected by Free Geek Michiana
on Saturday.

Free Geek Michiana (FGM) accepts computer equipment for free, except for
monitors. Monitors are $15, working or not. Please donate cash with the
gift of your computer if you can. FGM’s primary mission is to keep
computer components out of our landfill. FGM refurbs computer systems to
distribute to low income families. Currently, FGM is preparing computers
for a Parent Teacher Organization to give to 60 targeted households in
the Perley primary school district in South Bend.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information about upcoming events click on Campus Theme Events at


The Progressive Town Hall at Fiddler’s Hearth Pub on Sunday April 20th at
4pm to discuss Education.

What, as citizens, can we do to improve our areas education system?

We pay taxes, some of us have kids in school, yet we feel at a loss when
high dropout rates, gun violence, and overuse of busing take over our
lives. Come to the Progressive Town Hall to discuss this issue with area
leaders and educators.

This is your opportunity to ask the questions you’ve always wanted to
ask and get answers.


“Uniting to Improve Our Quality of Life”

Saturday, April 26 2008, from 9 am to 4 pm
Indiana University South Bend, Weikamp Hall, 1001

No registration fee.
Box lunch will be available for $6.

To Register: Contact
or leave a message for the Community Forum at 287-3834.

Presentations by:

* Ryan Dvorak,
IN State Representative from District 8
Chairman of the House Environmental Affairs Committee
“Reshaping Indiana – Growing Our Economy & Improving Quality of Life
Through Intelligent Land Use”

* Marty Wolfson,
Community Forum for Economic Development
“Local Economic Development in a Global Economy”

Breakout Sessions on the Following Topics:

1 – Transparency in local government: the key to effective democracy
2 – “Blue-Green Jobs”: creating good jobs with new technologies
3 – “Cool Cities”: environmental initiatives in urban areas
4 – Tax Abatements and TIFS: what are they and how do they work for us?
5 – Transforming neighborhoods: building on our strengths
6 – The poor need not always be with you: poverty solutions
7 – Minority business bevelopment/employment issues



1. Ecological wisdom
2. Social justice
3. Grassroots democracy
4. Nonviolence
5. Decentralization
6. Community-based economics
7. Feminism
8. Respect for diversity
9. Personal and global responsibility
10. Future focus


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