Divest from border militarization - divest from Elbit Systems!
Join us at the August 22 Minnesota State Board of Investments (SBI) meeting to demand that Minnesota divest it's holdings from border militarization company Elbit Systems.
We'll gather at 9:30 a.m. in the State Capitol Rotunda before the 10:00 a.m. SBI meeting.
The SBI meeting is in G23 Senate Committee Room at the State Capitol, 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55155
Currently Minnesota’s State Board of Investments holds $1.2 million of shares in Elbit Systems. Elbit Systems is Israel’s largest weapons manufacturer, which is currently under contract with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to build a 53-tower “Integrated Fixed Towers” security project. Weapon sales are 95% of its business.
Continuing to invest in Elbit Systems perpetuates a system of militarization of the US-Mexico border and the resulting death of migrants trying to cross the border. Border militarization includes armed border patrol agents, checkpoints, drones, surveillance towers, thousands of miles of fences and walls. Border militarization causes suffering and death to families who are fleeing violence and famine in their home countries, while companies around the world which form the massive military-industrial complex profit. Elbit is one such company. A fictional crisis created by racist fear mongering is being used to give taxpayer money to corporate interests. Minnesota should not invest money in this!
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Demand the MN State Board of Investments DIVEST from Elbit Systems.
Contact the members of the MN State Board of Investments to request that they support divestment decision at their August 22nd meeting:
Governor Tim Walz, Chair—651-201-3400
State Auditor Julie Blaha—(651) 296-2551
Attorney General Keith Ellison—(651) 296-3353
Secretary of State Steve Simon—email@example.com
And join us at the State Board of Investment (SBI) Board Meeting to demand that Minnesota divest from border militarization - divest from Elbit!
Divest from border militarization - divest from Elbit Systems!
This summer marks the centennial of a period left out of most history books, a period in which 25 American cities were engulfed in race riots. From May through November explosions of violence resulted in the destruction of Black businesses and neighborhoods and the deaths of an uncounted number of African Americans. Estimates vary from several hundred to more than a thousand. The carnage took place in cities from Chicago and Washington D.C. to Southern towns such as Sylvester, Georgia, and Elaine, Arkansas.
Our history books, media, and popular culture pay little attention to this pivotal period not only in African American history, but in the history of our country. These race riots grew out of not only the deep history of racism in the United States, but also such specific developments as the end of World War I, the Great Migration of one and a half million African Americans from the rural South to the cities of the North, tensions around immigration, fears of communism, and a President who refused to take a stand against racism.
Does this sound familiar?
Join veteran journalist Joseph Hill as he shares his research into this history.
During more than thirty years of journalistic work, Mr. Hill has worked in television, radio, newspapers, and magazines. An original staffer for R-News, a Time Warner affiliated, 24 hour local news station in Rochester, New York, he took advantage of the extended news format to produce specials and documentaries. His award-winning documentaries include “Mission of Hope: Rochester in Haiti,” “Remembering Malcolm X in Rochester”, a look at part of the last week in the slain civil rights leader’s life, spent in Rochester, and “Black Border Warriors: The Seminole Negro Indian Scouts.” This recent film premiered at the 2018 Black International Cinema Berlin Film Festival in Germany and was awarded Best Feature Length Documentary. In May it was screened at the Pan African Film Festival in Cannes, France.
A Chicago native, educated at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Mr. Hill now lives in St. Paul, where he enjoys his two adult children and their spouses, while spoiling his four grandchildren.
Free and open to all
Join the Anti-War Committee on Thursday, August 22nd at May Day Books to review the US's aggressive role in Venezuela as we discuss Dan Kovalik's recent book "The Plot to Overthrow Venezuela". We encourage you to purchase your copy at May Day Books, where you'll get a 15% discount.
Despite the fact that tensions with Venezuela have fallen out of public discourse in recent months, the United States is still engaged in a one-sided economic war with the country in an attempt to undermine their democratically elected government.
From Simon and Schuster, "Daniel Kovalik has been a labor and human rights lawyer since graduating from Columbia Law School in 1993. He has represented plaintiffs in ATS cases arising out of egregious human rights abuses in Colombia. He received the David W. Mills Mentoring Fellowship from Stanford Law School, has written extensively for the Huffington Post and Counterpunch, and has lectured throughout the world."
Organized by the Anti-War Committee and co-sponsored by May Day Books.
Sunday, August 25 , 2-5 pm
Church of the Risen Savior
1501 East County Rd 42
Burnsville, MN 55306
Free Educational Presentations for Latino Immigrants: Promotion of Mental Health and Legal Rights of Immigrants in Minnesota under threat of Deportation
Presentations in Spanish by Lawyers and Psychologists
Know your rights: If ICE (La Migra) knocks at your door, what to do and
what are your rights? Consultation by lawyers on how and where to seek assistance if there is
a deportation threat
Role playing of scenarios of intervention by ICE Psychologists/psychiatrists will discuss how to help your children under
threat of deportation Advice on handling the stress of deportation threat for Adults
Sunday, August 25
Sponsored by: Frente de Acción Latina of Minnesota ILCM (Legal Rights Minnesota) Minnesota Medical Mission Information: Miguel Fiol 612-382-4452 firstname.lastname@example.org
Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Minnesota's ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which expanded voting rights for women.
Special programs, performances and activities for the whole family!
Join us to celebrate this Centennial event in Minnesota history and learn more about the women and men who made it happen, and how your voice still matters today in shaping an inclusive democracy.
Log onto our website for a full schedule of events and opportunities.
Imagine MayDay: Community Update
September 11th 6-8:30pm
Heart of the Beast, 1500 East Lake Street
Light snacks and drinks provided
Join HOBT for a public meeting to update the community on our work this summer to co-create the future of MayDay. You'll hear from Imagine Deliver what we've learned so far after engaging with more than 100 one on one interviews, four artist charrettes, and engaging neighbors at Open Streets.
You'll also be invited into ongoing opportunities to engage in the formation of a new MayDay model that is resilient, equitable, and decentralized.
We invite you to join us for a Community Update Meeting September 11th 6-8pm at HOBT. At this meeting, you’ll hear insights and learnings from our community engagement work this summer, which includes feedback from:
80 artists and community members in one-on-one interviews
43 artists who participated in artist charrettes
418 people who participated in our online survey
Minnesota Youth Climate Strikes third National Strike will take place on September 20th, from 11:30am-2pm.
MNCS third youth led climate strike will be on September 20th from 11:30am-2pm. Event will start off with a rally from St.Paul college to the capitol and will precede with speakers, question and answer, action steps, and more!
Walk for Planet Peace, Honoring Gandhi’s Vision for his 150th Birthday, will take place on Saturday, September 21st. Meet at 9:30 am on the steps of the St. Paul Cathedral, 239 Selby in St. Paul and walk to the State Capitol, 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd in St. Paul.
Rev. James Morris Lawson, Jr. an American activist and university professor. Leading theoretician and tactician of nonviolence within the Civil Rights Movement. During the 1960s, he served as a mentor to the Nashville Student Movement and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.
Fr. John Dear Teacher of nonviolence, Noble Peace Prize nominee and author, They Will Inherit the Earth and Proclamation of Peace .
This is the opening event of 10 Days Free from Violence. Twin Cities Nonviolent is a grassroots efforts with a powerful idea: to invite organizations and people with best practices for violence prevention and recovery to share their vision and practices during 10 Days Free from Violence, between Sept. 20th-29th. For more information, go to www.twincitiesnonviolent.org
Young people can forgive their misdemeanor warrants without fear of arrest at this Warrant Forgiveness Day and Community Fair.
It features free food, kids' games and activities, and a fair full of resources on education, health care, food assistance, employment and housing.
The Juvenile Warrant Day is at the Thor Building, which is on Bus Routes 7, 19 and the C-Line.
DGT's unique community festival brings together a wide range of Twin Cities families to celebrate kindness and generosity! We're collaborating with a variety of local organizations to offer fun activities focused on “giving back.”
* Service Projects (similar to DGT's popular Family Service Fairs) to benefit local nonprofits including
** Assembling hygiene kits for Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities to help those experiencing homelessness
** Tying blankets and pillowcases for My Very Own Bed to help children and families transitioning into stable housing
** Braiding dog toys for ACT V Rescue and Rehabilitation.
* Multicultural performances from COMPAS and Kalpulli KetzalCoatlicue, Duniya Dance and Drum Company, and Tay Phuong Lions
* Giant cooperative art installation
* Interactive instrument demos with MacPhail Center for Music
* Kindness activities, product showcase
* Fun fundraising games and festival food & drink also available for purchase
Rain or shine, join other big-hearted families this fall to enjoy multicultural performances, take part in service projects that benefit local nonprofits, and play fun fundraising games to support DGT. Festival food & drink available for purchase.
Special thanks for our big-hearted SPONSORS for making this fun event affordable and available to a wide variety of families.
COMPASSION CHAMPION - Jones Day
CHANGE MAKER - The Goddard School, The Goddard School, The Goddard School, The Goddard School, The Goddard School, New Horizon Academy, Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations
HEROIC HELPER - Benovate, Casa de Corazón, Kowalski's Markets, Lifetouch Twin Cities, The Minneapolis Foundation, Sylvestre Remodeling & Design, Westwood Professional Services
On Saturday, September 28th, join hundreds from across the Midwest on the shores of Gichi-gami -- Lake Superior -- to stand up against the proposed Enbridge Line 3 tar sands pipeline.
Gichi-gami Gathering to Stop Line 3
Nibi Gaa-bimaaji’iwemagak: Water Gives Life
Enbridge’s Line 3 project would pump the world’s dirtiest oil from Canada to Superior, crossing Ojibwe treaty land, wild rice lakes, and the headwaters of the Mississippi River. It would have the climate change impact of 50 coal power plants.
This past June, the Minnesota Court of Appeals threw out Line 3’s environmental review because the spill risks to Lake Superior were never even studied. Meanwhile, Enbridge is doing pre-construction for the pipeline, even with lawsuits, expert recommendations, tribal nations, community groups, and presidential candidates lining up against the project.
Now is the time to gather at Gichi-gami and raise our voices so that Governor Walz, our state agencies, and all Minnesotans can hear. We need to protect this Great Lake and stop this toxic pipeline.
Together, we’ll rally, march, and celebrate the community of resistance that has brought us this far. This will be a powerful day. No matter your background or experience, there is a place for you in this movement. Bring everyone -- Gichi-gami Gathering to Stop Line 3 is a family-friendly event.
This event follows the Global Climate Strike, a youth-led week of action to demand climate justice for everyone and an end to the age of fossil fuels. Building Line 3 would lock us into 50 more years of climate crisis level emissions from the Canadian tar sands. Join one of the Global Climate Strikes on September 20th in your own community, then come from near or far on the 28th to Gichi-gami to protect the water and say no to this pipeline that affects us all.
This event will be in Duluth, MN, on the westernmost tip of Lake Superior. Final event schedule to come; will include a rally, march, and festival with family-friendly activities. This Facebook event will be updated as more information becomes available.
For those who do not live in the Twin Ports area, buses will be available from the Twin Cities and from Madison, WI. More info about bus registration coming soon!
If you’ve been involved in the movement to stop Line 3, you won’t want to miss this. If you’re new to the movement, you'll learn about our concerns about the pipeline, how you can get involved, and how you can support those doing frontline work. We’ll see you there. #StopLine3
* Victoria Law, nationally-known prison abolitionist
* Robin Magee, activist and former law professor who focuses on criminal justice reform
* Others TBA
This panel discussion will explore the nexus between policing and prison with an eye toward impacting the system further upstream to reduce the prison population.
"Victoria Law boldly shines the light and breaks the silence with her exhaustive research, her attention to both the personal and political, and yes, calls us – with the imprisoned women whose stories she shares, always with so much passion and respect – to ‘a world without cages.’” - Nancy A. Heitzeg, Professor of Sociology and Critical Studies of Race and Ethnicity, St. Catherine University and Editor of Criminal InJustice at Critical Mass Progress
MN-NAME (Minnesota's Chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education) will host its annual conference, Insisting on Equity, which will be held on Saturday, October 12th, at Washington Technology Magnet School in St. Paul. In addition to great workshops from local presenters, we are thrilled to have Dr. Eddie Moore Jr. deliver the keynote address and host a workshop.
Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr., is the founder and director of The Privilege Institute and The National White Privilege Conference, which provide opportunities and possibilities for research, publications, speaking and collaborations by those committed to true social and institutional change. Under his direction and inclusive relationship model, the White Privilege Conference has become one of the top national and international conferences for participants who want to move beyond dialogue and into action around issues of diversity, power, privilege, and leadership.
We anticipate this conference will sell out quickly, due to limited seating and the draw of our keynote, so we encourage you to register soon. Schools and other groups can register for a block of tickets and then provide names of participants closer to the conference date. Registration fees range from $40-$50 so that teams of people from your organization can come together, learn, share, and leave with a plan.
Click here to visit our conference registration page, learn how you can present a workshop at the conference, or learn more about MN-NAME.
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Executive Director Nausheena Ali Hussain and Asma Mohammed Nizami are about to add "Radio Co-host and Co-Producer" to their resumes as they join Laurie Beth Fitz, the Executive Producer and On-Air host of "Connections" Radio Show on AM950Radio in a series of shows to amplify the voice and power of Muslim women.
So set your clocks, phones and radio stations and tune in to hear your sisters talk about storytelling, leadership development and civic engagement!
On October 19, 2019, we will rally for NATIONAL PERIOD DAY -- elevating the issue of period poverty and demanding real change to making period products more accessible for all and ending the #TamponTax. This is an inclusive rally! Whether you menstruate or not, EVERYONE is welcome. Bring all your family and friends! Bring posters! Wear red!
It’s 2019, and yet, 35 US States still have a sales tax on period products considering them non-essential items. 1 in 4 women struggle to afford period products due to a lack of income. In the first city-wide study on period poverty, it was found that 46% of low-income women had to choose between a meal and period products. Because of the period stigma that makes menstruation a taboo topic, we don’t often think about what it’s like for a homeless or low-income menstruator to get their period, and don’t have open conversations about period health or solutions to period poverty.
We believe that it is a fundamental human right to be able to discover and reach your full potential, regardless of a natural need – and what could be more natural than menstruation? Simply put -- MENSTRUAL HYGIENE IS A RIGHT, NOT A PRIVILEGE. We are the Menstrual Movement -- fighting for equitable access to menstrual hygiene, and breaking down the stigma surrounding periods. This fight is on ALL OF US, and we must TAKE ACTION NOW. Unlike most poverty-related issues, this one is solvable. Along with destigmatizing periods, we are calling for:
Clean and healthy period products to be freely accessible in schools, shelters, and prisons
Eliminate the “tampon tax” - exempt period products from the sales tax in the remaining 34 states
PLEASE SHARE! There are rallies being hosted all across the US in honor of PERIOD DAY!
We especially need ORGANIZERS from marginalized communities, so please email our national team if you’re interested in getting more involved email@example.com!
Location: TBD soon!
This workshop is part of a two-part series co-sponsored by Reviving Sisterhood. and Minneapolis Community Education.
Sergeant Toni Weinbeck of the Brooklyn Park Police Department will review personal awareness skills and teach physical defense techniques for women. While the class is appropriate for all women, it will also include information on how Muslim women can respond to threats to religious attire such as grabbing a hijab from behind.
Light refreshments will be served.
Police officers can harm and kill with impunity and it's the taxpayers who are on the hook.
Requiring police officers to carry their own professional liability insurance incentivizes police officers to abide by the law and provides a consequence when they don't. Other professionals carry professional liability insurance--why not cops?
This event is part of our SOLUTIONS series, exploring ideas to end the epidemic of police brutality.
Sponsored by Communities United Against Police Brutality. For more info: 612-874-7867 or firstname.lastname@example.org