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
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!
SD51 DFL Chair
Rob Shumer, a DFLer from our own Senate District spoke at the DFL Senior Roundtable on “Seniors Leading Civic Engagement”
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.
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:
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.
On December 11, 2016, we held a Solidarity event to demonstrate that everyone in DFL51 is in solidarity with our valued neighbors and friends who may have recently felt the hatred and bigotry promoted by many shameful pronouncements of the president-elect of the USA, Donald J. Trump and any of his minions. All of us are offended and all of us a hurt, regardless if we belong to a group targeted by Trump.
During the event, several important resources were provided to inform the community about what is available, where to turn to, and how to become better educated about this important topic for our society.
Member of the ACLU Minnesota Chapter spoke and distributed a pamphlet that guides the public about what to expect from their interaction with various law enforcement bodies, such as police, immigration, and FBI. This pamphlet is available at the ACLU-MN website here. The ACLU Minnesota website is here. It is available in two languages.
One of the persons who spoke was Dr. Onder Uluyol who spoke eloquently about the deep roots of the Muslim community in Minnesota, its immense contribution to society and common good in Minnesota and beyond. Dr. Uluyol is the president of the Islamic Resource Group (IRG) [website]. His group provides fantastic opportunities to get educated about Islam and Muslim culture and traditions.
On December 11, 2016, we held a Solidarity event to demonstrate that everyone in DFL51 is in solidarity with our valued neighbors and friends who may have recently felt the hatred and bigotry promoted by many shameful pronouncements of the president-elect of the USA, Donald J. Trump and many of his minions. All of us are offended and all of us are hurt, regardless if we belong to a group targeted by Trump.
It was a snowy night, cold and wet, with not the best visibility. Approximately 75 of us showed up and it was heartening to see the gathered people, friends, and neighbors from Eagan and Burnsville, and guests from other parts of the Twin Cities.
This is the type of response we wish to model for ALL citizens of this country, in the face of bigotry and hatred.
Our Senate District vice-chair, Lisa Noah, provided the following words: “On a snowy Sunday afternoon, about 75 concerned citizens gathered together at the home of Amber Naqvi and Asmah Tareen in Eagan for a Post-Election Solidarity Gathering. The purpose of the event, held on December 11, 2016, was to celebrate what unites us as U.S. citizens and how we can continue to work together to make our cities, state and country better places to live. Attendees heard from local legislators and DFL activists including State Senator Jim Carlson, State Representative Sandy Masin, and DFL51 Chair John Wells. In addition, representatives from the ACLU, Islamic Resource Group and The Advocates for Human Rights spoke to the group about what their organizations do to build bridges, fight discrimination and protect constitutional rights. The conversations will continue at our monthly SD51 meetings. Join us!”