Mayday Festival Public Workshops
Apr
6
to May 2

Mayday Festival Public Workshops

  • In the Heart of the Beast Puppet Theater (map)
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MayDay workshops begin April 6

Help build the puppets for the MayDay Parade! During the month of April, our building is transformed into a giant studio where staff artists and volunteers create the MayDay Parade.

Community workshops to build MayDay are held at In the Heart of the Beast Theatre’s home base: The Avalon Theatre, 1500 E Lake St, Mpls, MN 55407
April 6—thru May 2, 2019:

EACH Tuesday from 7-9pm
EACH Thursday from 7-9pm
EACH Saturday from 9-11 am, and 1-3pm

* American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation is available at EVERY workshop.

Workshops are funded by free will donations and open to the public. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Bring recycled items (if you can) including bags, brown paper, newspaper, tubs, plastic bags for use during the build workshops! 

How it Works

  • An artist will introduce you to the parade theme by showing you the giant storyboard (a visual script).

  • You select a section of the parade to work on, find the artist in charge of that section, and set to work!

  • Artists will guide you.

  • You can either make your own creation which you can keep after the parade, or help with the larger parade floats.

  • Typically, you'll need 3 or 4 sessions to complete a project, but you can come to as many or as few as your schedule allows.

Workshops are free, although donations are graciously accepted, always welcome, and much needed.

  • Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

  • Wear "painting" clothes.

  • Bring recycled items (if you can): small plastic tubs with lids, brown paper bags, newspapers, fabric, sheets, latex paint, bamboo, scissors. Check our Materials Wish List for specific needs.

  • No reservations required. Just Come!

  • If you are coming with a large group, come! But please let us know in advance by calling 612-721-2535


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Imagining Real Democracy Discussion
Apr
22
6:00 PM18:00

Imagining Real Democracy Discussion


Imagining Real Democracy discussion series, at West 7th Mississippi Market, 1500 West 7th street in St. Paul.

6-6:30 social gathering (get food from the market and gather in the meeting room)
6:30-8:30 program and discussion

The Saint Paul Area affiliate is beginning a discussion series this month. The topics for the next five months are: Other Constitutions & Imagining Another (video), Net Neutrality & Democracy, We the People 2.0 (video), Capitalism & Democracy, and Divided We Fall (video).

Pre-register at saintpaul@movetomaned.org to receive readings in advance of the discussion. Type “Imagining Democracy” in the subject line. This is not necessary but will be helpful for your participation.

April 22 - Capitalism & Democracy (articles)  Is the practice of capitalism the same as democracy in action? If not, is one necessary for the other to thrive? And where does “free enterprise” come into the equation? These questions are important to understanding why our government is the way it is--rather than the way it could be.

Contact: Becky at saintpaul@movetoamend.org

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Our Families & Our Future Rally at the Capitol
Apr
23
10:30 AM10:30

Our Families & Our Future Rally at the Capitol

Your presence at the Capitol on Tuesday at 10:30a will send a clear message to our elected leaders that we have made the mandate that they need to get this done, this year!

Will you stand with us?

REGISTER: https://secure.everyaction.com/D--XgZ7FZES31E2AczbHdg2?ms=fbevent

This Tuesday, April 23rd, is a really big deal! Minnesota's House of Representatives will be taking a floor vote on an omnibus bill (a bill that has a bunch of issues rolled into one) on several of our top issues that reflect our Minnesota values and our faith agenda that we drafted almost two years ago.

Statewide Paid Family and Medical Leave, 100% Clean Energy, Earned Sick and Safe Time as well as Ending Wage Theft are in the Jobs and Energy Omnibus bill!

This bill is an opportunity for Minnesotans to care for our families, ourselves and our planet at a scale we haven't done before! This has been made possible by our hard work. But it's not over.

On Tuesday we’ll rally with one another for our families and our collective future! We will be at the Capitol, outside House Chambers, from 10:30a to 12:30p, excitedly and expectantly awaiting our electeds to do what we voted them in to do, represent us! It's time and Minnesota is Ready for our Families and Our Future to be the priority!

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Pack the Room for House Floor Vote on 100% Clean Energy!
Apr
23
10:30 AM10:30

Pack the Room for House Floor Vote on 100% Clean Energy!

Join us at the Capitol to show that Minnesotans are ready for 100% clean energy! On Tuesday, March 23rd, the House has its floor vote on their Jobs Omnibus Bill (HF 2208) which includes 100%.

Minnesotans — indigenous, black, brown, and white, of every gender, of every age — we will all benefit from the transition to a 100% clean energy economy that puts power in the hands of workers & families instead of fossil fuel CEOs.

The House will begin discussion of the Jobs Omnibus at 11AM, but we'll be gathering at 10:30 to rally ahead of this monumental vote!

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The Labor Movement and the Fight for Immigrant Rights
Apr
23
7:00 PM19:00

The Labor Movement and the Fight for Immigrant Rights

In our continuing series, co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota's Labor Education Service and the New Brookwood Labor College, and in anticipation of the Immigrant Rights March to take place on May 1 (beginning at 3pm at University and Dale), please join us for a conversation. We will hear from a panel of activists from several unions and from the immigrant rights movement, including local workers' centers and the organizers of the May 1 march. Come join in the discussion!

Free and open to all
info@eastsidefreedomlibrary.org and 651-230-3294

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Take Action to #StopRXGreed!
Apr
24
10:00 AM10:00

Take Action to #StopRXGreed!

  • MN Capitol (2nd floor outside House chambers) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Minnesotans want a state where every family -- no matter our race, job or zip code -- is able to afford the healthcare and medicine we need. But right now some legislators want to put the profits of Big Pharma ahead of the health of our families. On Wednesday, April 24th, the Minnesota House will be debating their Health and Human Services (HHS) omnibus bill that includes bills like the Alec Smith Emergency Insulin Act that will help to address this crisis. Before the floor debate we will gather outside of the House chamber to make sure our elected officials hear our stories about what the rising costs of prescription drugs means to our families. It's time for our elected officials to stand up to Big Pharma and #StopRXGreed in Minnesota!

All are welcome!

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Barren to Blooming: Brownfield Development in MN
Apr
24
4:00 PM16:00

Barren to Blooming: Brownfield Development in MN

  • 60 51st Way NE Minneapolis, MN 55421, United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This event is FREE, but please RSVP at the link above so we can ensure we have enough space, refreshments and beverages.

Development of polluted sites can help clean up a mess, but did you know that it’s also critical for economic development and environmental justice? Join RegenerateMN and the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy April 24th from 4-5:30 for a discussion of brownfield redevelopment, social hour, and tour of the award-winning Northern Stacks development on East River Road in Fridley, just north of the Minneapolis border.

Minnesota has been a national leader in promoting and providing incentives for redevelopment of brownfield sites. Some of the most important redevelopment projects in the Twin Cities are on polluted sites, including the St. Paul Ford Plant and the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant in Arden Hills. Join a panel of experts to learn more about the challenges and opportunities of redeveloping a polluted site. You’ll hear from developers, attorneys, and state regulators about Minnesota’s approach to brownfield redevelopment, have a chance to tour the Northern Stacks development, and even sample beer from a brewer about to open at Northern Stacks.

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Xcel Energy Die-in
Apr
24
4:00 PM16:00

Xcel Energy Die-in

Xcel Energy is a perfect example of utility company greenwashing, paying lip service to transitioning to clean energy while taking actions that on the contrary continue us on the petrochemical death march. As part of Extinction Rebellion's international week of rebellion, XR Twin Cities will lead a die-in at Xcel's Minneapolis headquarters. Wear black and enact the death that Xcel is helping to bring to our beautiful planet!

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LGBTQ Lobby Day 2019
Apr
25
9:00 AM09:00

LGBTQ Lobby Day 2019

This is the day to show up and show out for LGBTQ equity!

Join hundreds of LGBTQ people and allies to fight for our rights by showing our force at the Minnesota State Capitol.

This year, our top priority is banning the harmful practice of conversion “therapy” in Minnesota. Already, this bill has made it further than ever before, but there is more work to be done. OutFront’s Lobby Day will be critical to help advance this life-saving legislation.

Thursday, April 25, 2019
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Minnesota State Capitol

Guest Speaker: Garrard Conley, author of Boy Erased

Participate in Lobby Day Institute Workshops about LGBTQ advocacy and activism, attend a rally at the State Capitol with Garrard Conley, and meet with your legislators about issues important to you!

Learn more and RSVP: outfront.org/lobby-day

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Lessons From the Philippines: Militant Worker & Youth Struggles
Apr
25
3:00 PM15:00

Lessons From the Philippines: Militant Worker & Youth Struggles

Join us in welcoming Ed Cubelo and Raymond 'Mong' Palatino to the Twin Cities in advance celebration of International Workers Day, May Day!

Today, the Philippines is at the center of international struggles against imperialism, the rising threat of fascism, and the fight for workers' and oppressed peoples' rights worldwide, and Ed Cubelo and Mong Palatino are important organizers in these struggles. Ed Cubelo is a key organizer in the Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) or 'May First Movement,' the militant trade union movement that fought to topple the Marcos dictatorship in the 1980s and which continues to struggle against the authoritarian regime of Rodrigo Duterte and for workers' rights. Mong Palatino was a student activist and is currently a blogger and founder of Kabataan Partylist, an organization designed to increase youth representation in the Philippine Congress and fight for the interests of students & youth. Both of these activists, and the movements they represent, act as an inspiration to revolutionary minded people worldwide.

We have much to learn from these struggles in the Philippines, and we hope you will join us in welcoming Ed Cubelo and Mong Palatino at the U of MN campus before they give their keynote address later in the evening at 6:00pm in room #217 of the United Labor Center (312 Central Ave NE. Mpls, MN), which is hosted by Minnesota Workers United (for more information, see: https://www.facebook.com/events/817460438622216/ )

For a fuller introduction to these two speakers, please see below:
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Ed Cubelo
Ed Cubelo is the Chairman of the Metro Manila Chapter of Kilusang Mayo Uno (May First Movement-KMU), the largest and most militant labor center in the Philippines. Ed has been organizing workers to fight for the interests of working people and against exploitative conditions rising from neoliberal economic policies 30 years, including as president of Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation Workers Association since the 1990s. In recent years, Ed and KMU have been leading campaigns for an increase in the national minimum wage and against the rampant contractualization of jobs that have led to the erosion of job security and massive job losses. Under the current climate of fascist repression under President Rodrigo Duterte, Ed and KMU relentlessly protest against the regime’s demonization of workers organizing, illegal arrest and jailing of trade unionists, violent crackdown on strikes and pickets, imposition of oppressive taxes, and hikes in the prices of basic commodities like oil and gas. In addition to his positions with KMU and the Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation Workers Association, Ed is also the President of Defend Job Philippines and Chairman of Church People-Workers Solidarity (National Capital Region, Philippines).

Mong Palatino
Raymond “Mong” Palatino is a Filipino blogger, activist, and former legislator. He is a founder of the Kabataan Partylist, which represents youth in the Philippine Congress. He was the first elected youth representative in the House of Representatives, and served as a two-term congressman during the 14th and 15th Congress of the Philippines. An educator, Mong obtained his BS Education degree at the University of the Philippines Diliman. He was chairman of the University of the Philippines Student Council during “Edsa Dos,” the movement which ousted then-President Joseph Estrada. He is currently the chairperson of the Metro Manila chapter of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan-BAYAN, a progressive alliance of people's organizations. He is the chairman of Nilad, an environment network in Metro Manila. He writes for several alternative news websites such as Bulatlat and Manila Today. He is the Southeast Asia editor of Global Voices, a citizen media platform. He is the Asia-Pacific editor of IFEX, the global network defending and promoting free expression. He also contributes for the Asean Beat of the Diplomat online magazine.

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Organized Workers’ Fight in the Philippines
Apr
25
6:00 PM18:00

Organized Workers’ Fight in the Philippines

Join trade union activists in welcoming international guests, Ed Cubelo and Mang Palatino. Learn about the most militant labor center in the Philippines and Filipino Workers’ fight against an oppressive regime.

Thursday, April 25
United Labor Centre Room 217
6:00 pm - Reception
6:30 pm - Presentation & Discussion

Visiting speaker, Ed Cubelo, is the president of Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation Workers Association and chairman of the Metro Manila chapter of the major trade union federation in the Philippines, Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) or 'May First Movement'.

Brother Cubelo will speak about the KMU campaigns to raise the national minimum wage and oppose legal attacks on workers, as well as the efforts of unionists to work against the fascist repression of President Rodrigo Duterte, fighting the regime’s illegal arrest and jailing of trade unionists, violent crackdown on strikes and pickets, imposition of oppressive taxes, and hikes in the prices of basic commodities.

Joining Brother Cubelo will be Raymond “Mong” Palatino. Palatino is a journalist, educator, activist, and former two-term congressman. He is a founder of the Kabataan Partylist, which represents youth in the Philippine Congress. He is currently the chairperson of the Metro Manila chapter of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan-BAYAN, a progressive alliance of people’s organizations.

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April Clinic Escort Training
Apr
25
6:30 PM18:30

April Clinic Escort Training

  • 2300 Myrtle Ave, Suite 120 St. Paul, MN 55114 (map)
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For more than a decade, NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota has trained clinic escort volunteers who help patients safely into their local abortion provider. Clinic escorts are a friendly face and a safe barrier between patients and the anti-choice protesters who harass patients outside of clinics. NARAL has trained hundreds of volunteers for our Minneapolis and Robbinsdale clinics – and we're inviting you to become one of them. Join us on April 25th, 2019 at our office in St. Paul for a clinic escort training. You'll learn the history of clinic escorting, the logistics of working with providers, and how to handle clinic protesters. After the training, you'll have the opportunity to sign up for specific escorting dates.

Space is limited, so please RSVP by signing up through this link. Please use each slot for one person only: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0548a9ae2ba2f58-april1

We ask our volunteers to commit to at least one shift per week. Escorting shifts generally take place weekday and Saturday mornings.

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Jewish doctor, author, activist speaks on M. East in Northfield
Apr
25
7:00 PM19:00

Jewish doctor, author, activist speaks on M. East in Northfield

Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 7 PM – 9 PM at First UCC of Northfield, MN , 300 Union St, Northfield, Minnesota 55057, (507) 645-7532

Northfield, Minn. – (April 11, 2019) Few Americans know the name Alice Rothchild. But there’s a good chance the book, “Our Bodies, Our Selves,” is a familiar one. Rothchild, a retired obstetrician-gynecologist who contributed to that groundbreaking 1971 book, will speak in Northfield on April 25. Rothchild is also director and co-producer of the award-winning 2013 documentary, “Voices Across the Divide.”

Rothchild’s progressive politics, shaped by opposition to the Vietnam War during her college days, led her to focus on the crisis in Israel-Palestine starting in the late 1990s. She will present her talk, “A Jewish American Journey: Heartbreak and Hope in Israel/Palestine,” at 7 p.m., April 25, 2019, at the First United Church of Christ, 300 Union St., in Northfield. A question-and-answer session will follow. Admission is free and open to the public.


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Birds Sing Differently Here in Minneapolis
Apr
25
to Apr 26

Birds Sing Differently Here in Minneapolis

Based on the true stories of 13 Iraqi-Minnesotan refugees and immigrants, Birds Sing Differently Here weaves together tales of sweetness, sorrow, grief and discovery along the way. Inventively performed in both English and Arabic, participants come together with a cast of dynamic professional actors to tell the story of a thousand olive pits and seven thousand praises; tokens of love and a chilling escape from the desert of death. Birds Sing Differently Here shares the ache of endings and the fullness of new opportunity.

Created by Dylan Fresco, Taous Claire Khazem and the Iraqi Voices Participants:
Nada Alabbasi, Sumaya Ameen, Ali Alshammaa, Hannaa Al-Azzawi, Abdullah Flaija, Salwa Mohialdeen, Adel Naji, Arwa Naji, Dhifaf Sarhan, Mazin Chilab, Ahmed Al Shaikhli, Bahaa Al Shaikhli, Rawan Al Shaikhli

Ensemble:
Nada Alabbasi, Ali Alshammaa, Hannaa Al-Azzawi, Ashawnti Ford, Dylan Fresco, Adel Naji, Ahmed Al Shaikhli, Bahaa Al Shaikhli, Aamera Siddiqui, and Mohammed Yabdri

Director: Taous Claire Khazem

Script compiled and edited by: Dylan Fresco

Lighting Designer: Mike Wangen

Sound Designer: Peter Morrow

Stage Manager: Vanessa Healey

Projection Designer: Bill Cottman

Carpenter: Cameron Quie

Workshop and rehearsal Interpreter: Jamal Ali

Stage Manager assistant: Noelle Awada

Promotional Design: Jared Tuttle and Joey Heuring

Promotional Art: Jaafar Alnabi


About Iraqi Voices:
Iraqi Voices is a collaborative art lab operated by the Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project that gives Iraqi immigrants and refugees in Minnesota an artistic platform to share their stories. IARP has produced 9 books and 14 short documentary films. In 2017, 13 Iraqi-Minnesotan immigrants and refugees came together under the direction of theater artists Taous Claire Khazem and Dylan Fresco to create an original and innovative theater performance based on their personal stories.


About The Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project:
The Minneapolis-based Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project engages Iraqis and Americans in the arts, education, and cultural and professional exchanges in an effort to counter negative stereotypes, strengthen cultural awareness and understanding, and provide a platform for cross-cultural dialogue.

The Iraqi Voices Minneapolis performances is made possible in part by the Marbrook Foundation.

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Silencing Voices that Criticize Israeli Actions
Apr
27
9:30 AM09:30

Silencing Voices that Criticize Israeli Actions

  • 8400 France Ave. S Bloomington, MN (map)
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St. Stephen Lutheran Church

April 27, 2019, 9:30 am - noon, Alice Rothchild will be speaking on Silencing Voices that Criticize Israeli Actions, sponsored by Middle East Peace Now, 8400 France Ave. S, Bloomington, MN

Program:
9:30 a.m. Refreshments

10:00: Announcements from the President and the floor

10:10: Forum speaker until about 11:15

11:15-Noon: Q and A

For Information call: 612-250-0788, www.mepn.org

Books and DVDs for sale

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Understanding & Addressing Implicit Bias
Apr
27
10:00 AM10:00

Understanding & Addressing Implicit Bias

With the current climate around racial inequity in our society, it is important to increase the civic dialogue and empower community to enact positive change. However, race and implicit bias are often difficult topics to discuss with honesty in our civic spaces. Fight, flight, or freeze emotions, such as shame, anger, denial, distrust, and fear often create barriers for real dialogue, which impede our ability to construct equitable solutions together.

“Community Conversations” utilizes a restorative justice circle process to explore race in a way that diminishes these responses and opens one up to the opportunity to reflect on the root causes of our biases. Through this process, each person’s experience becomes the gateway for self-discovery and community awareness. The facilitated process equips individuals to examine their own feelings without judgment and builds empathy to listen deeply and engage others across differences. Change organically occurs as each participant’s personal awareness ripples through their many spheres of influence—work, family, and community.

This process affirms that every individual in our community is a leader and an expert in their experiences. Through circle dialogue, power dynamics are leveled where each person gets the opportunity to speak from their experiences, and the privilege of listening to the wisdom of others. The circle process provides a forum for meaningful dialogue, rooted in common values and honoring each other’s voices.

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EDeX - Adjunct Faculty and the Exile of Higher Education
Apr
27
3:00 PM15:00

EDeX - Adjunct Faculty and the Exile of Higher Education

The adjunct faculty at private colleges in the Twin Cities saw their first successful union Drive with Hamline University, and have subsequently added Augsburg and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Hamline’s initial contract expired in the fall of 2018, and so far 20 (often grueling!) negotiating sessions have failed to get even minimal progress for the adjunct teaching staff there.

Our community needs to share what we have learned from the initial organizing drives, including drives that nearly succeeded but were stifled at the very last, and share what is happening in the first re-negotiated contract. Management has been able to find the resources to pay administrators, but refuse to show even minimal progress for the adjunct staff. We need to link arms with our fellow teachers in the full-time staff, other adjunct campuses, and allies in classroom education to move toward a more just, more fair, set of working conditions for the benefit of our members and the students we teach.

The panel will include:


Catherine Guisan - Chair, American Political Science Association Committee on the Status of Contingent Faculty and Visiting Associate Professor, University of Minnesota
Mary Pogatshnik - Executive Council, AAUP-Minnesota Conference and Instructional Faculty, University of Minnesota
Peter Rachleff - Labor historian and Co-Executive Director, East Side Freedom Library
David Weiss - Steward, Hamline Adjunct Faculty Union and Adjunct Instructor
A representative of the Inter Faculty Organization, Minnesota State University System

Join us! We need your support in learning more, and contacting first Hamline University and eventually others in this movement.

NOTE: EVENTBRITE TICKETS ARE *FREE.* But actually getting an eventbrite ticket helps us better plan for the event.

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Why Treaties Matter: What Should We Do About This History?
Apr
28
2:00 PM14:00

Why Treaties Matter: What Should We Do About This History?

The East Side Freedom Library, the Lower Phalen Creek Project, the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary, and Wakinyan Luta Oyanke have been partnering to host the "Why Treaties Matter" exhibit at ESFL since late March. We see this as an opportunity to explore the past, the present, and the future of our communities, in the hopes that we can better understand each other and work together for justice and equity.

We have learned from this exhibit and from the conversations that this exhibit has generated. What should we do with this knowledge? What stories should the murals in the City Council chambers in St. Paul tell? How should the Dakota sacred space called "Indian Mounds Park" be treated by the city, by our neighbors? What values are communicated when men like Alexander Ramsey are honored by having our schools and our county named for them? What should we do about this history? Please join us for a closing conversation.

Why Treaties Matter is a collaboration of the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, the Minnesota Humanities Center and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian. This exhibition was developed with money from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund that was created with a vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008 and The Patrick and Aimee Butler Family Foundation.

Free and open to all

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 A Discussion of the City's New Climate Action & Resilience Plan
Apr
29
6:30 PM18:30

A Discussion of the City's New Climate Action & Resilience Plan

The City of Saint Paul recently completed a draft of the Climate Action and Resilience Plan. Please join Mayor Melvin Carter for an opportunity to discuss the contents of the plan and provide important community feedback.

What does the Mayor mean by "climate action" and "resilience"? How will this new program impact our lives in St. Paul, now and in the future? As we learn about these concepts, how can we help shape the City's programs? Please join the conversation!

Free and open to all
East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street
info@eastsidefreedomlibrary.org and 651-230-3294
You can also contact Russ Stark at the City: 651-266-8511

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Anti-Semitism. August Nimtz Jr. & Anne Winkler-Morey
Apr
29
6:30 PM18:30

Anti-Semitism. August Nimtz Jr. & Anne Winkler-Morey

Monday, April 29 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm hear a discussion of the intersections of anti-semitism, capitalism and racism at Walker Library 2880 Hennepin in Minneapolis.

Two radical economic perspectives on the intersections of anti-Semitism, capitalism, and racism, a discussion sparked by Congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s comments and the controversy around them. Professor August Nimtz Jr. and Dr. Anne Winkler-Morey have engaged in an email back and forth on the subject. Tonight they make that discussion public.

August Nimtz is a University of Minnesota political science professor, a socialist, and a long time activist, currently working with the Minnesota Cuba Committee. https://www.facebook.com/MNCuba/
He grew up In Jim Crow New Orleans. His book, Lenin's Electoral Strategy From 1907 to the October Revolution of 1917: The Ballot, the Streets—or Both is now available as an E-book and in paperback.

Anne Winkler-Morey is a historian, writer, scholar on nationalism, inequality and social movements, and activist, currently working with the Minnesota Caravan Solidarity. https://www.facebook.com/MNCaravanSolidarity/?ref=br_rs
She is the daughter of a Holocaust refugee. Her Minneapolis Interview Project can be found at turtleroad.org -- 50 life story interviews that advance social justice. Her book, Wind: Bicycling North America’s Political Divides, is looking for a publisher.

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Returning Citizens Reentry Housing Forum
Apr
30
6:00 PM18:00

Returning Citizens Reentry Housing Forum

People leaving prison or jail can have a tough time finding housing. Trouble finding a landlord who will rent to them or landing a paying job leads to a startling statistic: More than 10 percent of those leaving jails and prisons are homeless in the months before or after incarceration, according to a Volunteers of America study.

At this forum, experts will tell their stories about how their lives have been impacted by the lack of re-entry housing and will offer solutions to this crisis. We will deliver actionable resources, tools and opportunities.

(photo illustration/ctj71081/flickr cc)

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May 1 March | Marcha 1 de mayo
May
1
3:00 PM15:00

May 1 March | Marcha 1 de mayo

  • University Ave & Dale, St. Paul - March to the Capitol (map)
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(Español abajo)

MARCH ON MAY 1ST!
International Workers Day march for immigrant & workers rights
* Drivers license for all
* No human being is illegal

TUESDAY, MAY 1, 2019
3:00 PM
Gathering point: University Ave & Dale, St. Paul
March to the State Capitol

Join us in the streets for this year's International Workers Day march for immigrant & workers rights.

* ORGANIZED BY THE May 1 Coalition Twin Cities - Coalición 1º de Mayo Ciudades Gemelas *

Email: may1coalitiontwincities@gmail.com
Phone: 612.217.2840

Participating organizations include:
* AFSCME Local 34
* AFSCME 3800
* Anti-War Committee
Club San Bernabé Tarímbaro en Minnesota
* Communist Party
* Communities United Against Police Brutality (CUAPB)
* East Side Freedom Library
* Elohuayotl Mitotiani
* Filipinx for Immigrant rights & Racial justice Minnesota - FIRM
* Freedom Road Socialist Organization - Twin Cities
* Immigrant Movement for Justice
* Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center
* Interfaith Coalition on Immigration (ICOM)
* Kalpulli KetzalCoatlicue
* Manos a la Obra
* MFT 59
* Minnesota Caravan Solidarity / Minnesota en Solidaridad con la Caravana
* Minnesota Cuba Committee
* Minnesota Hands off Honduras
* MIRAC - Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee
* MN Back
* MN-Drivers Licenses for All, MN Immigrant Movement-MIM
* Morena Minnesota
* One Family, One Community
* Saint Paul Federation of Educators
* Students for a Democratic Society at the University of Minnesota
* Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar
* Twin Cities Socialist Action
* Women Against Military Madness (WAMM)

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MARCHA EL 1RO DE MAYO
Marcha por el día internacional de lxs trabajadores para los derechos de lxs inmigrantes y trabajadores
* Licencia de conducir para todxs
* Ningun ser humano es ilegal

1 DE MAYO 2019
3:00 PM
Punto de inicio: University Ave y Dale, San Pablo
Marcha al capitolio

Aparta la fecha para salir a la calle para la marcha este año por los derechos de los inmigrantes y lxs trabajadores en el Día Internacional de lxs Trabajadores.

* Organizado por la Coalición 1º de Mayo Ciudades Gemelas *

Correo electrónico: may1coalitiontwincities@gmail.com
Teléfono: 612.217.2840

Organizaciónes que estan participando incluyen:
* AFSCME Local 34
* AFSCME 3800
* Anti-War Committee
• Club San Bernabé Tarímbaro en Minnesota
* Communist Party
* Communities United Against Police Brutality (CUAPB)
* East Side Freedom Library
* Elohuayotl Mitotiani
* Filipinx for Immigrant rights & Racial justice Minnesota - FIRM
* Freedom Road Socialist Organization - Twin Cities
* Immigrant Movement for Justice
* Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center
* Interfaith Coalition on Immigration (ICOM)
* Kalpulli KetzalCoatlicue
* Manos a la Obra
* MFT 59
* Minnesota Caravan Solidarity / Minnesota en Solidaridad con la Caravana
* Minnesota Cuba Committee
* Minnesota Hands off Honduras
* MIRAC - Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee
* MN Back
* MN-Drivers Licenses for All, MN Immigrant Movement-MIM
* Morena Minnesota
* One Family One Community
* Saint Paul Federation of Educators
* Students for a Democratic Society at the University of Minnesota
* Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar
* Twin Cities Socialist Action
* Women Against Military Madness (WAMM)

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Tap the Constitution: The Privacy Edition
May
1
6:00 PM18:00

Tap the Constitution: The Privacy Edition

Join ACLU-MN and the American Constitution Society for an evening of drinks and discussion about the state of our privacy rights in the digital age at Minnesota's first Latinx-owned brewery.

ACLU-MN Legislative Director Ben Feist will fill you in on what's up at the state Capitol, including our efforts to require warrants for drone surveillance and to prevent employers from invading your personal social media.

Our headliner, national ACLU privacy expert Jay Stanley, will talk about emerging issues in privacy, technology and surveillance, including the growing use of facial recognition software, the privacy pitfalls with new gadgets and more. He edits the ACLU's Free Future blog, and has authored influential ACLU reports on privacy and technology. Before joining the ACLU, Jay was an analyst at the technology research firm Forrester, served as American politics editor of Facts on File’s World News Digest, and as national newswire editor at Medialink.

The event is free.

There's a food truck on site to purchase food, and free parking.

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National Day of Reason at the State Capitol
May
2
8:30 AM08:30

National Day of Reason at the State Capitol

Minnesota humanist and advocacy groups will gather to observe the National Day of Reason, which honors the principles of secular government and separation of religion and state that have guided our country since its founding.

The event will include a continental breakfast and speeches by humanist leaders, legislators, activists, and David Schultz, professor of political science at Hamline University.

In Minnesota, we continue to witness the intrusion of religious ideology, and the denial of scientific knowledge, in critical areas including reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, climate change, vaccinations, medical aid in dying, religious displays in public schools, and cultural diversity.

Join Humanists of Minnesota, First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis, and Or Emet Minnesota Congregation For Humanistic Judaism to remind lawmakers to uphold our secular government -- without favoring one religion over another or the religious over the nonreligious, as our Constitution mandates.

Please like the National Day of Reason - Minnesota Facebook page to get updates about this event. Participation is free but we will be issuing tickets shortly so we know how much food to order. Hope to see you there!

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Response Rally to Noor Verdict (Day-Of / Day-After)
May
3
5:00 PM17:00

Response Rally to Noor Verdict (Day-Of / Day-After)

**No matter the verdict, the fight for justice for all police violence victims will continue!**

The trial of Officer Noor in the shooting death of Justine Damond Ruszczyk is expected to last one month, but a plea deal could come at any time. Justice For Justine will host a rally in support of all police violence victims and their families in response to the verdict announcement (regardless of outcome).

The systemic failures that led to Justine's death extend far beyond this one shooting, this one officer, this one trial. The fight for justice must continue until the institutions that shield police from accountability are dismantled and every police violence victim gets their day in court. There can be no Justice for Justine without justice for all.

The rally will be held the day of the announcement at 5:00 PM (or the day after at 5:00 PM if the announcement is made after 4:00 PM). The location is accessible via Government Plaza Station on both the Green and Blue lines as well as numerous downtown bus routes.

Click the 'Going' or 'Interested' button to hear about any event updates.

Endorsed by:
* Black Lives Matter Minnesota
* Justice4MarcusGolden
* Justice 4 Cordale Handy
* Justice Occupation for Philando
* Communities United Against Police Brutality
* The New North

If you would like to endorse this rally, please contact us at justice4justinempls@gmail.com.

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FRSO Celebrates International Workers Day!
May
3
6:00 PM18:00

FRSO Celebrates International Workers Day!

  • 4200 Cedar Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55407-3435, United States (map)
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Friday, May 3rd @ 6:00pm @ 4200 Cedar Ave S, Mpls, MN
**Dinner, Drinks & Childcare Provided**
Join FRSO in celebrating the most important working class holiday, International Workers Day!
On May 1st, workers worldwide unite in rallying together and celebrating our shared history of struggle and our common interests as working people to fight against capitalist exploitation.

In the last year, we have faced attacks from every front, but we are standing up and fighting back!
-Thousands of teachers have been striking against attacks on public education.
-Workers at UPS led a massive effort to fight back against a sellout contract.
-We continue to push back against Trump's racist wall along our southern border.
-The Trump Administration is attempting to orchestrate a military coup in Venezuela, but the people of Venezuela are standing strong against U.S. intervention...and the list of struggles goes on and on.

On May Day, we join with workers from around the world and celebrate the shared struggles of our class - from the fight to jail killer cops and oppose racist policing, to opposing imperialist aggression overseas and standing against Trump's racist attacks. Join us!

Sponsored by:
Freedom Road Socialist Organization
FRSOTC@gmail.com

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March with the Anti-War Committee in the May Day Parade
May
5
11:00 AM11:00

March with the Anti-War Committee in the May Day Parade

  • Cedar Field Park Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404 (map)
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March with the Anti-War Committee in the May Day Parade
Sunday, May 5th line up at 11 am @ Cedar Field Park, Minneapolis
Join the Anti-War Committee at the May Day festival! The parade begins at noon at the corner of 25th St E and Bloomington Ave S. We will line up at 11 am at Cedar Field Park. March with us at this family-friendly fun event where we can reach out to thousands of community members to say Hands Off Venezuela! FFI: info@antiwarcommittee.org.

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End of session rally for 100% clean energy!
May
13
6:00 PM18:00

End of session rally for 100% clean energy!

Join us at the end of session rally for 100% clean energy! The 100% Campaign, partners, neighbors, and friends will fill the Capitol rotunda with joy, hope, and noise. Together we'll celebrate what we've done together this session and continue to build our movement for a Minnesota powered by clean, equitable energy.

Kids welcome! Please consider using the light rail to attend. Jump on the Green Line and hop off at the Capitol station. More details to come.

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An Evening with Josie Johnson, Carolyn Holbrook & Arleta Little
May
14
7:00 PM19:00

An Evening with Josie Johnson, Carolyn Holbrook & Arleta Little

How did a Black woman from Texas become the most important civil rights activist in Minnesota? And how do we maintain hope in our own challenging times?

Learn about Dr. Josie Johnson’s just published memoir, Hope in the Struggle, and engage in a conversation with Dr. Johnson and the two respected writers, Carolyn Holbrook and Arleta Little, who helped bring it into being. Hope in the Struggle is a uniquely inspiring life story for these current dark and divisive times, a testament to how one determined soul can make the world a better place.

Born in 1930 in San Antonio, Texas, Josie R. Johnson has been an educator, activist, and public servant for more than seven decades. Along with her work for the Urban League and the University of Minnesota, she has been office manager, campaign manager, and chief of staff for multiple political campaigns and public officials, and co-chair of the African American DFL Caucus in Minnesota.

Carolyn Holbrook is a writer, educator, and former program director of the Loft Literary Center. She teaches creative writing at Hamline University and is author of Ordinary People, Extraordinary Journeys, which profiles twenty community leaders and programs made possible by Leadership Initiatives in Neighborhoods. In 2010 she received the prestigious Kay Sexton Award presented by Friends of the St. Paul Public Library. Arleta Little is director of Artist Fellowships for the McKnight Foundation. Prior to working in philanthropy, she was executive director of the Givens Foundation for African American Literature.

Free and open to all
East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street
info@eastsidefreedomlibrary.org and 651-230-3294

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Iraqi and American Ramadan Iftar Dinner
May
16
7:30 PM19:30

Iraqi and American Ramadan Iftar Dinner

You are invited to our annual intercultural and interfaith Ramadan Iftar Dinner. Join us for an iftar meal as we break fast and learn more about the Islamic holy month of Ramadan together. All are welcome.

Iftar is the evening meal at sunset when Muslims end their daily fast during Ramadan. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of prayer, fasting, and charity-giving to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad. Fasting during Ramadan is one of the "five pillars" of Islam, and is performed to learn compassion, self-restraint, and generosity.

Purchase Tickets by May 10: $15
https://ticketstripe.com/RamadanDinner

St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church
8400 France Avenue South, Bloomington, MN 55431

إفطار رمضاني عراقي - أمريكي

نرحّب بك في مشاركتنا مائدة إفطارنا السنوية المتعددة الثقافات والديانات. لنتعلّمْ معًا أكثر عن شهر رمضان الكريم. الكل مرحب به.

يوم الخميس أيار\ماي 16 الساعة 7:30 مساءً
التذكرة $15

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Tracy Molm Reports Back from Venezuela
May
18
5:30 PM17:30

Tracy Molm Reports Back from Venezuela

  • 4200 Cedar Ave S Minneapolis, Minnesota 55407 (map)
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Tracy Molm, a member of the Anti War Committee, traveled to Venezuela with a small delegation of activists to bring a message of solidarity for the Venezuelan people. She will report back on her meetings and what she saw on the ground in Venezuela. Tracy will talk about the devastating impacts of US economic sanctions and intervention.

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Imagining Real Democracy Discussion
May
20
6:00 PM18:00

Imagining Real Democracy Discussion


Imagining Real Democracy discussion series, at West 7th Mississippi Market, 1500 West 7th street in St. Paul.

6-6:30 social gathering (get food from the market and gather in the meeting room)
6:30-8:30 program and discussion

The Saint Paul Area affiliate is beginning a discussion series this month. The topics for the next five months are: Other Constitutions & Imagining Another (video), Net Neutrality & Democracy, We the People 2.0 (video), Capitalism & Democracy, and Divided We Fall (video).

Pre-register at saintpaul@movetomaned.org to receive readings in advance of the discussion. Type “Imagining Democracy” in the subject line. This is not necessary but will be helpful for your participation.

May 20 - Divided We Fall (video) (3rdMon) “Nonviolent mass insurgencies are rare, spontaneous, and unpredictable creatures. The trick is, how to make the most of one when it emerges? The 2011 Wisconsin Uprising was one such beautiful creature, a largely organic movement that united tens of thousands of people in a weeks-long public protest.”   Writer/director Katherine Acosta, Twelfth House Films.

Contact: Becky at saintpaul@movetoamend.org

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Peace Literacy Educator Training
Jun
21
9:00 AM09:00

Peace Literacy Educator Training

Peace Literacy Educator Training on Friday, June 21 from 9 am to 4:30 pm at First Universalist, 3400 Dupont Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Purpose:  To inspire and empower Twin Cities teachers, counselors, social workers, community educators, charter school leaders, home-schooling parents, pre-school teachers, public and private school leaders – to create a values-centered and trauma-informed education community.

·      Social Emotional Learning

·      Continuing Education Credit Units will be available.  School teams are encouraged!

·      Educators from greater Minnesota and out-of-state are welcome.

·      The workshop is an ecumenical space with no religious affiliation endorsed or assumed by the workshop facilitators.

The Peace Literacy Education Team at First Universalist has charted a course to make the Twin Cities one of the nation’s first Peace Literacy hubs. Our opportunity now is to make peace literacy the foundation of all education and community building in Minnesota. 

For more information, email Pat Gottschalk at <TCPeaceLiteracyEduc@yahoo.com>

To Register for a free ticket:       http://tinyurl.com/PeaceLiteracy

Our workshop leaders are: Paul K. Chappell, Director of Peace Literacy Education at the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation in Santa Barbara, CA                    https://paulkchappell.com      https://www.peaceliteracy.org

and Dr. Sharyn Clough, Professor of Philosophy, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR   http://people.oregonstate.edu/~cloughs/           sharyn.clough@oregonstate.edu

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Tour of "Birds Sing Differently Here"
Jul
1
6:00 PM18:00

Tour of "Birds Sing Differently Here"

“Birds Sing Differently Here” was the first theater project of IARP’s “Iraqi Voices Program”, a collaborative art lab that gives Iraqi immigrants and refugees in Minnesota an artistic platform to share their stories.  Based on the true stories of 12 local Iraqi-Minnesotan refugees and immigrants, the play and its powerful narratives of home, loss, and new opportunity, was performed to sold-out audiences at Dreamland Arts and the Guthrie Theater last year.  

Due to popular demand, we will be bringing the play to three new locations in Minnesota in summer 2019.  Please check back for details!

Sponsored by the Iraqi American Reconciliation Project

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Twin Cities World Refugee Day
Jul
14
2:00 PM14:00

Twin Cities World Refugee Day

Join us this July for Twin Cities World Refugee Day!

Twin Cities World Refugee Day is a family-oriented day of celebration that highlights the stories, arts, and cultures of the thousands of refugees in Minnesota and the light they bring to our community.

The purpose of TCWRD is to provide a platform for refugee stories and artistic practices, to honor their lives and raise awareness of the millions of refugees in the world who have been forced to flee their homes. The annual event is held each year to recognize refugees’ journeys to their new homes through celebration and education. TCWRD is a proud community event that is planned and implemented by volunteers.

TCWRD attracts a diverse audience of 2,000+ people with more than 20 nationalities are represented with large contingencies from East and West African, Central and Southeast Asia, and Central/South America. Those in attendance are there to celebrate culture, expand intercultural understanding, improve knowledge of immigrant and refugee issues and build connections and friendships.

This event is FREE and open to the public!

Those in attendance at the 7/14/19 TCWRD event will experience the following:

-A cultural stage will profile at least 15 cultural artists/groups representing at least 10 nationalities inclusive of dance, music, spoken word and other unique performances by a multitude of performers

- A resource fair involving at least 50 different organizations that support Minnesota refugees.

- A media relations booth will make community and organizational leaders available for interviews

- A volunteer booth will deploy 60 volunteers to assist with various aspects of the event

- 15-20 food and art vendors selling unique food, beverages and art will be on site

Come experience amazing performances while connecting with the diverse communities Minnesota is home to!

Interested in participating in the resource fair? Being a vendor? Selling your art, or becoming a volunteer? Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/twin-cities-world-refugee-day-registration-56450020531 to register

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2019 National NOW Conference
Jul
19
to Jul 21

2019 National NOW Conference

  • Hilton Minneapolis St. Paul Airport - Mall of America (map)
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The 2019 National NOW Conference will be held from July 19-21 in Bloomington, Minnesota at the Hilton MSP/Mall of America. This annual gathering is critical to shaping the future of NOW, its goals, and its path forward for women's rights. Information about registration, agenda, and special guests will be posted here soon.

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS! Contact the committee chair at sustainability@mnnow.org to be placed on our mailing list.

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