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Thank you for your interest in Senate District 51 DFL. We’ve got lots of ways you can get involved and help build our progressive community. If you like something in what we list below, please send me a note telling me what it is (or what they are) and what you’d like to do, and jump in.
_____ CENTRAL COMMITTEE MEETINGS
First, just come to our monthly meetings and get to know us other volunteers and what we’re talking about. Our Central Committee meets the third Thursday of the month from 6:00pm until 7:45pm at Rasmussen College in Eagan, usually in room 201. Many of us go to Granite City after the meeting to continue conversations and socialize. I hope you will join us on May 18th.
_____ COMMUNICATION AND OUTREACH COMMITTEE MEETINGS
Our Communications and Outreach Committee meets the first Monday of the month at Davanni’s at 1960 Cliff Lake Road beginning at 6:30pm. The next meeting is on June 5th. This group helps hash out the details of events we’re planning. It also discusses what more we need to be doing to better communicate and reach out to people in our area.
We had our winter True Blue Party at the Eagan Ice Arena on March 5th. This year we heard from the DFL candidates for Governor, as well as our state legislators. It was a great opportunity to engage them in one-on-one conversations.
We will be sponsoring a booth at the Eagan FunFest on July 3-4th, as well as our 12th Annual Family Picnic at Blackhawk Park on August 9th, so come help us plan both, if you’re interested. We’ll also be discussing whether to hold a progressive caucus fair this summer, in addition to our picnic and FunFest booth, so please stay tuned — or get involved and help us decide whether we should sponsor such an event.
Why the focus on events? With the talk of parties and fundraisers, you may be asking why we spend so much time with them. Two reasons. First, it’s our mission to build a community of activists that share progressive values and understand all the ways we can support candidates that will fight for these values. Second is to raise money, which we can use to further this, whether it’s to develop literature for use in door knocking or to donate directly to the candidates we endorse.
Many of us went to St. Paul in January (and some to D.C.!) to join in the Women’s Marches on Washington and Minnesota. It’s the kind of thing we’ll need to do more of in the next four years to make sure Trump and Republicans understand that we’re watching and that they will pay a price with voters for the thoughtless, hurtful actions they may take.
At the state Capital, watching what the GOP-controlled Legislature does is more important than ever. There’s much we can do to help our DFL representatives resist the backsliding that their Republican counterparts seem so committed to pursuing. We need to stand ready when we get the call to attend a hearing in support of a bill they’re authoring or to oppose one they hope we’ll help them defeat. And at this point in the session, calls to the Governor supporting his courageous vetoes can make a difference as we enter the budget negotiation stage.
With so much going on, our organization has built an activist billboard that will let everyone know each week how they might help. This connects us both to groups that focus on lobbying Congress and those that call for actions at the state Capital. Please check out our new HootBoard page through the link on our Web site at DFL51.org.
We also pick up litter on two streets in Eagan through the city’s Adopt-a-Street Program. The next pick up is a few months down the road. And, we help out periodically at the Open Door Food Shelf. We did that on March 2 and May 11th, and will announce other dates soon. Let us know if either activity interests you and we’ll put you on the right sign-up sheet.
_____ LETTERS AND SOCIAL MEDIA
Finally, if you’re a good letter writer, we’re always looking for people to write letters to the editor on local, state and national issues. If you’re not, but are willing to pick an occasional letter drafted by someone else, make it your own, and send it in as yours, we need that, too. We also always need people tweeting, posting on our Facebook page, or commenting on our web site blog about any of our issues of the day.
Please get in touch if any of the possibilities interest you, or if you’d just like to talk.
Thanks, again, for your interest in volunteering!
John Wells, Chair
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 our fire. Will it light your fire, too?
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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!
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.