Beyond Choice: Care & Community in Reproductive Freedom
Jun
24
6:00 PM18:00

Beyond Choice: Care & Community in Reproductive Freedom

At TakeAction Minnesota, we believe that all bodies are worthy of dignity and respect. Our communities are feeling the impact of racism, sexism, and classism in our bodies. If we are going to build a world where all of us have the ability to create and care for ourselves and our families, we have to build a world where our bodies are listened to, trusted, and respected.

Join us over a radical meal to be in community and to share what care, community, and reproductive freedom mean to you. We will be digging deeply into our vision for reproductive justice and creating a plan for how we can make that vision possible.

Event is free. Register in the link above (on Facebook site)

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Legislative Power Lunch - 2019 Recap, 2020 Opportunities
Jun
25
12:00 AM00:00

Legislative Power Lunch - 2019 Recap, 2020 Opportunities

  • Online Livestream on Facebook Live (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join MCEA's Legislative Director Kara Josephson for a Legislative Power Lunch! She will recap the 2019 Legislative session and its impact on our climate, air and water. Learn what got done, and mostly, what important legislation was left on the table in 2019.

You can get involved in ways that will help advance clean energy and clean water in 2020! Tune in to get the scoop.

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The Labor Movement and the Fight for Housing Equity
Jun
25
7:00 PM19:00

The Labor Movement and the Fight for Housing Equity

This panel discussion, featuring leaders from the labor movement and from community organizations, sits at the intersection of two ESFL projects:

1. Exploration of the labor movement's relationships with social movements, a series co-sponsored by New Brookwood Labor College, the University of Minnesota Labor Education Service, and Metro State University's Masters in Policy and Leadership program

2. Exploration of "Closing the Housing Gap," a community discussion of racism and equity in housing, particularly here on the East Side, co-sponsored by ABC Realty, in collaboration with Dayton's Bluff Housing Services, MICAH, and other community organizations.

Stay tuned for information about our film and discussion series (all at 7pm):
July 9: "Sold Out"
July 23: ""Jim Crow in the North"
July 30: "Detroit 48202"
August 13: Community conversation

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11th Annual Palestine Film Festival
Jun
25
7:00 PM19:00

11th Annual Palestine Film Festival

  • Bethel Luheran Church, Northfield, Minn (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

From literal prisons to the virtual prison that is Gaza, the 11th annual Palestine Film Festival will explore how the Israeli occupation restricts the freedom of Palestinians young and old. Two films focus on the incarceration of Palestinian youth; another explores the inhumane living conditions of those imprisoned by Israel’s blockade of Gaza.

All shows begin at 7 p.m. on three consecutive Tuesdays beginning June 11, 2019, at Bethel Lutheran Church, 1321 North Ave., Northfield, and are free and open to the public. Each evening will end with discussion and a brief question-and-answer period.

7 p.m., June 11 – “How Are the Children? Palestinian Children in Israeli Military Detention”: The Maasai people of Africa often greet each other with a phrase that means “How are the children?” This film, created by the United Church of Christ Palestine Israel Network, tries to answer that question about the children of Palestine. It was created in response to the UCC’s 2017 resolution to advocate for children living in Israeli-occupied Palestine. The film examines the Israeli military detention system and its effects on children, families and communities; it notes Israel’s violations of international law and explores U.S. complicity. It also looks at the ways the UCC and other denominations are educating their members about these abuses and offers action steps to affect change for the children of Palestine.

7 p.m., June 18 – “Killing Gaza”: Independent journalists Max Blumenthal and Dan Cohen documented Israel’s 2014 assault on Gaza during the war and chronicled its horrific aftermath. As they waded through the rubble of Gaza’s destroyed border regions, they turned a camera onto the survivors of the slaughter and let them speak for themselves. While a chilling visual document of war crimes committed by the Israeli military, “Killing Gaza” also highlights Gazans’ inspiring acts of creative resistance, from painting to break-dancing to literature, which allows them to maintain their humanity in the face of deprivation and war.

7 p.m., June 25 – “Imprisoning a Generation” is a documentary film that follows four young Palestinians who have been detained and imprisoned under the Israeli military and political system. Their viewpoints, along with the voices of their families, offer a perspective of the tangled structures that oppress Palestinians well beyond prison walls.

The film series is organized by NJP, a diverse group of community members who organize local events to educate and advocate for justice and peace in Palestine/Israel. Members of the committee are available to speak about their experiences in Palestine/Israel. For more information about the event or NJP, visit the website at http://www.njpmn.org or by e-mail at info@njpmn.org.

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Eyes on the Environmental Quality Board
Jun
26
5:30 PM17:30

Eyes on the Environmental Quality Board

  • Minnesota Environmental Quality Board (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Environmental Quality Board writes the rules that govern how the environmental review process is conducted in Minnesota.

After months of meetings with a citizen advisory panel, the EQB is set to make some changes. Initially, the EQB was intending to exempt pipelines from the environmental review process. What are they thinking?

Thankfully the EQB received a large number of comments against that proposal and were forced to call a public hearing.

The first hearing is scheduled for Friday, May 31, 2019 1:30 pm in Room 100, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, 520 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155.

More information and background: https://www.eqb.state.mn.us/content/eqb-mandatory-categories-rulemaking

The May 31, 2019 hearing (via a two-way-video-conference connection) will also be available at (anyone wishing to give testimony to the Judge can do so via the two-way-video-conference connection):

Brainerd MPCA Office, 7678 College Road, Suite 105, Baxter, MN 56425
Detroit Lakes MPCA Office, 714 Lake Ave., Suite 220, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501
Duluth MPCA Office, 525 Lake Ave. S., Suite 400, Duluth, MN 55802
Marshall MPCA Office, 504 Fairgrounds Rd., Suite 200, Marshall, MN 56258
Rochester MPCA Office, 18 Wood Lake Drive SE, Rochester, MN 55904
*two-way video conferencing will only be available at: Brainerd, Detroit Lakes, Duluth, Marshall and Rochester MPCA offices.

The second hearing is scheduled for: June 26, 2019 5:30 pm-8:30 pm hearing at the Great River Regional Library, 1300 W. St. Germain St., St. Cloud, MN 56301

Questions? Barriers preventing you from participating? Please email us at mysti@mn350.org

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Ribbon Skirts for Our Incarcerated Sisters
Jun
27
11:00 AM11:00

Ribbon Skirts for Our Incarcerated Sisters

  • Minnesota Indian WOmen's Resource Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us in making ribbon skirts for Native women out at FCI Waseca and MCF Shakopee to use during sweat and for powwow (and for any other ceremonies or times where they may be appropriate). There will be a teaching, lunch, and opportunity to help make the skirts. No prior sewing experience is necessary, and all skirts will be donated to women's correctional facilities in MN. All are welcome!

Please RSVP to Ashley at 612-728-2036 or alustig@miwrc.org.

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Visibility bannering: End US Intervention in Venezuela
Jun
27
5:00 PM17:00

Visibility bannering: End US Intervention in Venezuela

We will be holding signs and banners on the bridge between the Walker Art Center and Loring Park during rush hour.

Trump's attempt at a coup in Venezuela has not worked out and the Trump government is scrambling to figure out what to do next. They've banned travel to Cuba and ramped up attacks on Cuba as punishment for their support of the Maduro government in Venezuela.

We want to use this bannering to 1. educate people that this is a US orchestrated coup and 2. to show opposition to Trump's agenda.

Please share this event & invite others to join us!

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MCEA Happy Hour Open House
Jun
27
5:30 PM17:30

MCEA Happy Hour Open House

  • Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

You're invited to join MCEA's on-staff experts and legal staff for Happy Hour on Thursday, June 27 from 5:30pm-7:30pm at our offices - 1919 University Avenue W, Suite 515 in Saint Paul.

We'll have drinks and appetizers from Birchwood Cafe to enjoy while you move around our office space and chat with lead program staff about what environmental policy work we just wrapped up at the Capitol, as well as what cases will be moving forward on the PolyMet copper-nickel mine proposal in the coming months. There will be plenty to learn, including insight on our clean water and climate change work, and lots of information to share with one another - we hope you can join us!

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MCEA Happy Hour Open House
Jun
27
5:30 PM17:30

MCEA Happy Hour Open House

  • Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

You're invited to join MCEA's on-staff experts and legal staff for Happy Hour on Thursday, June 27 from 5:30pm-7:30pm at our offices - 1919 University Avenue W, Suite 515 in Saint Paul.

We'll have drinks and appetizers from Birchwood Cafe to enjoy while you move around our office space and chat with lead program staff about what environmental policy work we just wrapped up at the Capitol, as well as what cases will be moving forward on the PolyMet copper-nickel mine proposal in the coming months. There will be plenty to learn, including insight on our clean water and climate change work, and lots of information to share with one another - we hope you can join us!

RSVP via https://mncenter.salsalabs.org/happyhour

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AVP Community Workshop
Jun
28
to Jun 29

AVP Community Workshop

Friends For A Nonviolent World is hosting a 2-day Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) workshop to promote nonviolence in individual lives and communities. Anyone who would like to develop skills in conflict transformation and conflict resolution is welcome to attend! The cost of the workshop is $150 (discounted from $300) but no one is turned away due to financial reasons. You can pre-register at http://www.bit.ly/fnvw or you can contact zahra@fnvw.org. We hope to see you there!

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 No New Crime, No New Time: Community Gathering & Letter Writing
Jun
29
1:00 PM13:00

No New Crime, No New Time: Community Gathering & Letter Writing

  • Shiloh Temple International Ministries (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Meet on Saturday, June 29 from 1:00-3:00 pm at Shiloh Temple International Ministries, 1201 West Broadway in Minneapolis.

Every year, the MN Department of Corrections allows thousands of our neighbors to be sent back to prison not for committing new crimes, but for petty technical violations of parole.

This is destroying families, running lives, and costing taxpayers millions. Join us to learn more, and to get involved in the campaign to Decarcerate MN.

Want to help or learn more?
-Sign/share our petition: tinyurl.com/getinvolvedmn
-Attend an orientation - June 24th, 6:30-8pm. RSVP at tinyurl.com/orientmn

Refreshments provided and children and families welcome

Hosted by Twin Cities Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee

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Celebrate and Stay Connected
Jun
30
1:00 PM13:00

Celebrate and Stay Connected

Join us for food, music, and an afternoon of community! Regardless of what happened this legislative session, there are so many lessons learned that can continue to shape our collective strategies for moving forward. Keeping our momentum, let's remember and celebrate together the labor of black, brown, immigrant and indigenous communities!

Make sure to also RSVP on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/celebrate-stay-connected-tickets-63280820638

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Protest & March: Stop Separating Families!
Jun
30
2:00 PM14:00

Protest & March: Stop Separating Families!

  • Lake Street & Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis MN (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS


One year ago thousands marched in Minneapolis to protest the separation of families at the border.

Today, hundreds of children are still known to be separated from their parents at the border. ICE continues to tear grandparents, aunts, uncles, and adult siblings from the children in their care. But family separations extend beyond the border.

On the one year anniversary of the Families Belong Together marches, we are demanding an end to family separations at the border and in Minnesota:

* Stop separating families through deportations
* Stop separating families through the Muslim Ban
* Stop separating families through mass incarceration
* Stop separating families through a racist child welfare system that punishes black, brown, and indigenous communities
* Reparations for the separation of indigenous families through boarding schools and foster care

Co-hosted by:
* CAIR-Minnesota (CAIR-MN)

Endorsed by:
* Youth United
* Black Immigrant Collective
* Filipinx for Immigrant rights & Racial justice Minnesota - FIRM
* Immigration Team of the Minnesota Conference of the United Church of Christ
* Interfaith Coalition on Immigration (ICOM)
* RELEASE MN 8
* Sanctuary and Resistance Against Injustice (Sherburne County, MN)
* AFSCME 3800
* Minnesota Workers United
* Anti-War Committee
* Women Against Military Madness (WAMM)

Comment or DM to add your organization to list of endorsers!

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3rd Annual Candlelight Vigil for Philando Castile
Jul
6
8:40 PM20:40

3rd Annual Candlelight Vigil for Philando Castile

  • 2077 Larpenteur Ave W, Falcon Heights, Minnesota 55113 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This will be the 3rd Annual candlelight 🕯 🕊 Commemoration For King Philando Castile. Philando was Murdered by A Peace Officer on this day in Falcon Heights Mn. We will be gathering at The Peace Garden To Commemorate His Life and The Beautiful Legacy he has left. There will Be A Moment of silence and Prayers for All the Stolen Lives!! Plus a special BIG COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT 😃🙏🏾This Is A Place designed to Bring You Peace and Solace as We Continue To Heal. Thank You ALL For your Loyal Support and Encouragement!!♥️ you are welcome to bring candles as well but we will have some available also thank you again

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Screening of "Sold Out: Affordable Housing at Risk"
Jul
9
7:30 PM19:30

Screening of "Sold Out: Affordable Housing at Risk"

The East Side Freedom Library, ABC Realty, MICAH, and Cookie Cart invite you to a screening and discussion of Sold Out: Affordable Housing At Risk.

Affordable housing is under constant threat from changing economic forces and urban development that break up vital communities. Low-income residents have fewer and fewer options, and local businesses and schools must deal with the impact of losing those families. In 2017, a team of filmmakers at TPT-2 worked with the MN Housing Partnership to interview residents of an apartment complex in Richfield who were being pushed out as the owners sought to gentrify the location.

"Sold Out" is the first film in the series that ESFL and our community partners are screening as part of our ongoing program, "The Fight for Housing Justice." On July 23, we will screen "Jim Crow in the North" and on July 30, "Detroit 48202." All films will be followed with facilitated discussions, and there will be a community conversation on August 13. Join us!

Free and open to all

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Tour of "Birds Sing Differently Here"
Jul
13
to Jul 26

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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Jul
18
to Jul 20

Chicago River Gaza Flotilla

This weekend-long event begins with a discussion by retired Col. Ann Wright (veteran of four past flotillas) and Gazan scholar/activist Jehad Abusalim, on Thursday July 18, at 7 PM at Grace Episcopal Church will open three days of action

From July 18-20, 2019, Voices for Creative Nonviolence will join with the Freedom Flotilla Coalition’s US Boats to Gaza campaign, supporting their North American Freedom Flotilla for Gaza project.

On Friday July 19, at 11:30 AM, there will be a march from the Israeli consulate, 500 W. Madison, to a protest rally at Boeing corporate headquarters 100 N. Riverside Plaza at noon.

On Saturday July 20th at a time to be announced, a mini-flotilla of kayaks and an electric boat will be launched on the Chicago River, bearing messages in support of freedom for the people of Gaza. Along with those on the river, we will need participants with signs, banners and leaflets in the streets and on the bridges.

Since 2010, the Freedom Flotilla Coalition has sent many international flotillas sailing to Gaza to highlight the brutal violation of international law and of Gazans’ human rights that is the Israeli government’s lethal Gaza blockade. Voices members have joined past flotilla actions seeking to free Gazans from a crushing economic siege and from airstrikes, arrests, torture, and the myriad human rights violations inherent in apartheid. It is time to give Gazans desperately-needed access to food, fuel, medicine, employment, & basic human dignity. The next international sailing is in 2020, but this summer our message is for the people of the United States. Join us! Contact: info@vcnv.org

Follow our campaigns: 

Twitter @GazaFFlotilla

Facebook: Freedom Flotilla Coalition

Instagram: gazafreedomflotilla

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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)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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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Peacestock 2019
Jul
20
9:00 AM09:00

Peacestock 2019

Join Veterans for Peace at the 17th Annual Peacestock event on Saturday, July 20 from 9 am to dusk at Hobgoblin Music, 920 Hwy 19 Blvd in Red Wing.

This year’s theme is: Military Service: Homeland Security or Empire Building

Presentations by Ann Wright, retired U.S. Army Colonel and activist, Danny Sjurson, retired U.S. Army Major, activist and author and Song Leader and Song Writer Larry Dittberner.

Tickets that include evening supper are $30 in advance, $35 at the door and $10 students/youth. No one denied admission due to inability to pay. Seating is limited, so get your tickets early.

For information:

www.peacestockvfp.org

Contact Bill Habedank at 651-764-1866 or email whabedank@yahoo.com or Mike McDonald at 651-968-9757 or email vfpchater27@gmail.com

Fox Wagon providing morning and mid-day menu options.

Sponsored by Veterans or Peace Chapters 115 (Red Wing) and 27 (Minneapolis).

Tickets are available at the WAMM office!

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Water Is Life Festival 2019
Jul
21
11:00 AM11:00

Water Is Life Festival 2019

This year we celebrate the water with powerful music from Chastity Brown, Maria Isa, David Huckfelt, Corey Medina & other special guests. This is a family friendly venue, with free entry for children under 10.

EVENT PAGE: http://www.honorearth.org/waterislife2019

This year we're ramping up festivities and encouraging organizations to participate by sharing the important work you do in the community!

The day will begin with a free morning parade called the Procession of the Species, then, as the festival ramps up in the afternoon, there will be an all-day native-led market with a local and diverse selection of unique artist wares, delicious food, and activities and information allied groups and organizations.

Early Bird Tickets are available until the end of Memorial Day, Monday, May 27th for $20. After that, PreSale General Admission Ticket are $25. Day of General Admission Tickets purchased at the doors are $30. If you're interested in sponsoring the event, a General Admission Ticket + Individual Event Sponsorship is $500. For businesses and organizations interested in sponsoring the Water Is Life festival, please visit: http://www.honorearth.org/waterislife2019_sponsorships

This event wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of our community and supporters. Our volunteers help spread the word and keep things humming along the day of the festival. To learn more about the various volunteer opportunities or to sign up, visit: http://www.honorearth.org/waterislife2019_volunteers

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Police Professional Liability Insurance--What's the Deal?
Jul
23
6:30 PM18:30

Police Professional Liability Insurance--What's the Deal?

  • 4200 Cedar Ave S Minneapolis, Minnesota 55407 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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 cuapb.mpls@gmail.com

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Climate Reality Project in Minneapolis
Aug
2
to Aug 4

Climate Reality Project in Minneapolis

Join the millions using their voices and everyday choices to tackle the climate crisis.

Give us three days. We’ll give you the tools to change the world.

At Climate Reality Leadership Corps trainings, individuals ready to make a difference in our planet’s future spend three days working with former Vice President Al Gore and world-renowned scientists and communicators learning about the climate crisis and how together we can solve it.

Join us and gain the skills, knowledge, and network to shape public opinion, influence policy, and inspire your community to act at this critical time.

https://www.climaterealityproject.org/apply/minnesota

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Happy Hour BBQ with FRSO: General membership social
Aug
16
5:30 PM17:30

Happy Hour BBQ with FRSO: General membership social

  • Contact us at frsotc@gmail.com for location (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Come join Freedom Road Socialist Organization for a happy hour BBQ and social! Including great food, and great conversation and discussion about what's happening in Venezuela.

Come learn more about FRSO and enjoy a potluck dinner. If you can help by bringing a side dish to share let us know at frsotc@gmail.com. And bring your own beverages. If you need a ride, let us know.

Email us at FRSOTC@gmail.com for the location

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The Because Black Life Conference - 2019
Aug
17
10:00 AM10:00

The Because Black Life Conference - 2019

Cultivated by www.BlackTableArts.com
The Because Black Life Conference
10am-6pm | Address: 330 21st Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55455

AUG 17TH 2019
DAY OF REGISTRATION $20

Join us at the University Of Minnesota Rarig Center for a gathering of Black joy as we work to raise volume in Black life for 2019 and beyond.
Email: BecauseBlackLifeConference@gmail.com

10am -6pm
The Because Black Life Conference will be an amplifier for folks to lean in on strategies we are developing in Minnesota using our art, dreams, predictions, imaginations and black blueprints to cultivate the world we want to live in.

The Because Black Life Conference sees itself as an hub and incubator in organizing the next year of black life in Minnesota. The Because Black life Conference is where critical organizing meets education meets arts festival meets black joy. Through workshops we will hear from leading organizers, artists, dreamers, and healers in Minnesota serving as fellow architects in the work of building other black worlds. T-shirts will be available for purchase the day of.

Though this is a public conference some workshops may be Black and or P.O.C exclusive we ask white activist/artists respect and support this.

This conference will consist of workshops ranging on the spectrum of black joy - from the utilizing of trap music and Zines to get us more free to the ways we may interact with the earth to abolish borders in the rising police state - we gon talk about it. Come kick it. Why does this gathering exist? Because black life - matters.


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The Sisterhood on Connections Radio 950AM
Oct
19
9:00 AM09:00

The Sisterhood on Connections Radio 950AM

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!

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Justice for June Blevins and ALL Stolen Lives!
Jun
23
6:00 PM18:00

Justice for June Blevins and ALL Stolen Lives!

  • 4200 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55407 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

June 23, 2019 will mark the one year anniversary of the murder of Thurman "June" Blevins by Minneapolis Police Officers Justin Schmidt and Ryan Kelly. We will commemorate this anniversary with a dinner to honor June's family and the families of all stolen lives.

While the dinner will not be an explicit fundraiser, we will ask those who can to contribute to the Stolen Lives Justice Fund. This fund helps to pay for independent investigations and autopsies, documents, camera footage and other expenses that can help people achieve some measure of justice for their family members who were killed in encounters with law enforcement.

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Taking-Back Our Pride! Defending trans fam & community!
Jun
23
11:00 AM11:00

Taking-Back Our Pride! Defending trans fam & community!

  • Minneapolis Central Library Downtown Minneapolis (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS


Join us for planning meetings: May 18 & 25th and June 8th 15th & 22nd.

Pride’s origin is in the sacrifices of queer/trans BIPOC who lead an uprising to fight-back against police violence. We resist the police & corporations who want to use our bodies, our Pride, for PR! We will defend BIPOC who face violence and are excluded by the pink-washed Pride in Minneapolis. We will also stand-up against police crimes and the political & economic system the oppressed black, brown, indigenous, Queer, trans, and non-binary people.

Organizing meetings are open, BIPOC queer/trans folks are encouraged to actively assist in organizing. Please note, that cops and their apologists aren’t welcome. Sorry, not sorry. If you wish to assist in planning the action an outline will be decided no later than June 8. Also, If your organization would like to participate, please contact justice4jamar@gmail.com ASAP and attend planning meetings.

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March with the ACLU in the Pride Parade!
Jun
23
10:30 AM10:30

March with the ACLU in the Pride Parade!

We are looking for people to march with the ACLU contingent in the Pride Parade!

The parade will take 1 - 2 hours. We will start at 3rd St So. and follow 2nd Ave around the convention center and into Loring Park.

We are spot #64 in the parade line-up. Please arrive by 10:45 a.m. Parade is lining up along 3rd st. Our contingent will be at the corner of 3rd St & 5th Ave.

Volunteers can hold balloon torches, wear balloon crowns, carry balloon banners, carry ACLU signs or just smile and wave!

Parade volunteers will also get a free t-shirt.

Bring friends, family or furry friends - all are welcome.

Please sign up here to march with us in the parade (also an opportunity to work at the booth)

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0444aba72ba2fc1-2019.

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Meeting Taking Back Pride: Defending Trans Fam & Community
Jun
22
11:00 AM11:00

Meeting Taking Back Pride: Defending Trans Fam & Community

Taking Back Our Pride: Honoring Stonewall by Defending our Trans Fam & Community!

Introduction
Most people are familiar with Pride as we currently know it: full of rainbows, floats, and crazy costumes! However, Pride’s origin is rarely discussed in mainstream society. Much like the labor movement and other struggles for national liberation, a time came in the summer of 1969 when people had to resist and fight back against their oppressors. It the sacrifices and struggles of queer/trans BIPOC (Black, indigenous, people of color) - like Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson, who led an uprising to fight back against police violence that kicked off the mass movement for queer/trans liberation in the U.S. - that we celebrate! In 2017, TCC4J began leading a protest at pride after the TC Pride Committee’s refusal to remove police officers from the parade in the wake of the non-guilty verdict of Gernaimo Yanez for the murder of Philando Castile. We continued this protest under the Black Lives Matter movement banner after Thurman Blevins was killed less than 24 hours before the 2018 parade. Also for the past few years, cities across the U.S. and internationally have protested at Pride.

Attacks against women in the U.S. and across the globe are not new. However, after this past year’s attacks on women, the refusal to grant amnesty and outright disregard for the lives of queer/trans immigrants, and murder of three black trans women during the same week in May, it is more imporant then ever to stand in unity and solidarity together. The best way to honor the legacy of Stonewall and the courageous freedom fighters before us is to march and show our resistance and resilience this year at Pride!

Day of the Event
This is a family-friendly march. If you have accessibility requests, please contact us ASAP. We usually can accommodate them. We will also have marshalls, please also contact us if you wish to assist with marshalling.

There will be a lead banner which everyone will follow. Endorsing organizations are welcome to bring their banners to be placed in the marching group after the lead banner(s). You are also encouraged to dress in Pride and/or your organization attire. Please dress for the weather and bring sunscreen and water if needed. We will also try to bring extra water for everyone marching with us.

The exact location will be announced in the next two weeks at this facebook event and via email. The link will have the latest information needed too. https://www.facebook.com/events/1096272277223460.

Endorsements
Please contact us ASAP so your organization can be listed as endorser. We also recommend sending a representative to a meeting. We can be reached at justice4jamar@gmail.com and 612.276.2059.

Donations
If you would like to donate to organizing for this event you can mail a mail a check to TCC4J (memo: pride) to PO BOX 11126 Minneapolis, MN 55411, via paypal justice4jamar@gmail.com, via cashapp $TCC4j, or arrange a cash donation by contacting us at the same email.

Meetings
Join us for planning meetings: June 8th at 2 PM room N-402, the 15th at 11 AM room N-202, & 22nd 11 AM room N-202, all held at the Minneapolis Central Library 300 Nicollet Mall. Finally we will gather along the parade route on the morning of Sunday June 23rd at 11 AM.

Organizing meetings are open; BIPOC, queer/trans folks are encouraged to actively assist in organizing. To assist in planning the action or route, an outline will be decided no later than June 15.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us via facebook messenger @tcc4j, email justice4jamar@gmail.com, or phone 612.276.2059.

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Table with us at LGBT Pride!
Jun
22
to Jun 23

Table with us at LGBT Pride!

The Anti-War Committee will be tabling at Pride on June 22nd and 23rd from 8-4 on Saturday and 9-4 on Sunday. We will be passing our our new awesome zine, getting signatures on our petition, and stickering up folks. We could use your help. Please let us know if you would like to work a shift and if so when and I'll put you down!

We will be at Y63!

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Know Your Rights Training!
Jun
21
9:30 AM09:30

Know Your Rights Training!

Join us on Friday, June 21 from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm at 4200 Cedar Ave in Minneapolis!

Do you want to learn more about our local and the labor movement? Do you have workplace problems but don’t know what to do about them? Do you want to know how to organize your coworkers? Come to Local 2822’s Know Your Rights Training!

We will be covering worker rights and labor movement basics, plus “Beating Apathy,” part one of a three-part series from Labor Notes’ “Secrets of a Successful Organizer.” Learn about your rights as a union worker, the power of collective action, and how to use your rights and power to fight for dignity and respect at work.

Breakfast and lunch provided, lost time available for 2822 members.
RSVP: AFSCME2822steward@gmail.com

Afscme 2822

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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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