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Breathe, then Push — Watch this video

Valarie Kaur is a lawyer, filmmaker, and activist in the USA. She is aa member of the Sikh community. At the end of 2016, she spoke at a black baptist church in DC.

Her speech lit a fire. It will likely light your fire too!

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True Blue Celebration a Grand Success!

We heard amazing statements from Rebecca Otto, Erin Murphy, and Chris Coleman on the importance of making sure the next Governor is a DFLer; from Secretary of State, Steve Simon, on the present GOP assault in St. Paul on our right to vote (call your state legislator!); from former House Speaker, Paul Thissen, on the idea of True Blue districts helping DFLers in less fortunate areas; from recently re-elected DFL Party vice chair, Marge Hoffa, on the importance of working together to resist GOP backsliding; from Angie Craig by letter from abroad on our readiness to win CD2 in 2018; and from our wonderful legislators, Jim Carlson, Sandy Masin, and Laurie Halverson on the work they’re doing to fight for sensible transportation, environmental protection, health care, local control, and elections policy, among others! And we raised a lot of money to support Democrats. Thanks to the nearly 100 celebrants for a very special get together!

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We’d like everyone to know that we have registered DFL51 as a local action group of the INDIVISIBLE movement. Indivisible offers, among other organizational tools, a guide to help local groups organize activities to resist and (hopefully) defeat some of the more onerous proposals expected from the coming Trump Administration and GOP-dominated Congress.

We hope you will read the Indivisible Guide and use it to help us decide where action items make sense in our area.

We plan to talk about Indivisible at our upcoming Senate District Central Committee meeting this Thursday – so get your reading done, prepare your thoughts and questions, and come to the meeting with your suggestions about how we might use the guide to organize ourselves!

The website for indivisible is https://www.indivisibleguide.com/

The Guide is available https://www.indivisibleguide.com/download-the-guide

Thank you!

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ML King Day Event and Documentary Film

Come view the story of a courageous group of students and teachers who, along with other activists, fought a nonviolent battle to win voting rights for African-Americans in the South. Standing in their way: a century of Jim Crow, a resistant and segregationist state, and a federal government slow to fully embrace equality. By organizing and marching bravely in the face of intimidation, violence, arrest, and even murder, these change-makers achieved one of the most significant victories of the civil rights era.

With special guests Secretary of State Steve Simon and DFL Party Chair Ken Martin.

WHERE: Lakeside Pointe, 1200 Town Centre Dr., Eagan
WHEN: Monday January 16th @ 6:30pm

The event is free but, please reply and RSVP if you plan to attend.

Hope to see you there!
John Wells
SD51 DFL Chair

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Rob Shumer on Civic Engagement

Rob Shumer, a DFLer from our own Senate District spoke at the DFL Senior Roundtable on “Seniors Leading Civic Engagement”

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DFL51 Solidarity Event – Watch this Video

In our Solidarity event on December 11, Sen. Carlson and Rep. Masin both mentioned their recent attendance at the SIX – State Innovation Exchange conference [website] held in Washington DC.

Both legislators warmly discussed the stirring talk given by Rev. Dr. William Barber II. Here is the the video – please watch.

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DFL51 Solidarity Event – Call to Action

During the event, there were many expressions describing the feelings people felt and experienced. One of the attendees, Kay Brown, provided her own advice which resonated strongly. She summarised it as follows:

Moving Forward

There are many challenging issues ahead, sometimes it feels overwhelming. As an individual, look into your heart and prioritize one. Give that issue your full strength.

Learn about those who are uncomfortable or disagree with your position. Understand the reasons. Respect their viewpoint. Find common ground.

Any movement forward requires civil discourse, planning, and a certain amount of patience, but most importantly action by you.

And you, by your belief are a tremendous force.

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