Friday, December 15, 2006

Helping Families Affected by the Immigration Raids in Worthington

These are some ways you can help the families and children affected by the abusive ICE raids in Worthington.

Donate Food, Clothes, Toys
Thanks to Latino Communications Network, this Friday and Saturday from 8am--8pm, donations will be collected at the La Invasora station in Plaza Verde, 2nd floor, located on the corner of Lake St. and Bloomington Avenue. Families have expressed the need for basic foods such as tortillas, beans, rice, cereal, crackers, maseca, baby formula and juice. Due to the holiday season right around the corner, people would like to see toys and children's clothes donated as well. Please drop off your donation at the Plaza Verde building. All donations will be transported to Worthington on Sunday, thanks to the support of Latino Communications Network. Once the donations arrive in Worthington, they will be given to the Distribution Committee who will make sure that all the donations get evenly handed out to the various locations/organizations that are actively connecting with families and children who have been affected by the issue.

Donate Money
Monetary contributions are being accepted by Darlene Maklin, United Way/Chamber of Commerce in Worthington. Please call Darlene at 507-372-2919 to let her know how much you'd like to contribute. Money is needed to help families pay rent and heating bills due to the economic hit some of these families are enduring because of the immigration raids.

People are needed in Worthington to help translate (Spanish-English) in various settings, from helping the media to connect with human stories of this issue to helping lawyers fill out intake forms. People are needed to help the union with food distribution logistics and database building, increasing capacity to connect with families, and to help provide general support for local happenings.

You can help to take a stance against immigration raids by writing letters to the editor (the Star Tribune, Pioneer Press and your local newspaper) to point out the inhumane and unjust circumstances regarding the raids. These raids do nothing to help communities engage with the root causes of immigration. Raids are unacceptable. They devastate communities, heartlessly divide families, and negatively affect all people, not just Latinos. Try to reach out to members of editorial boards in any newspaper to see if they will publish an editorial taking a stance against these oppressive raids. Participate in web-based conversations to help educate the broader public about why you believe immigration raids are not the answer. We suggest logging on to:
The Star Tribune's Buzz
The Star Tribune's Crib Sheet, for parents,
The Worthington Daily Globe's commentary,

From Worthington, MN, la lucha sigue,
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Friday, December 01, 2006

World AIDS Day: Keeping the Promise

Support World AIDS Day

People often ask me about the old Dean for America days and the many ways that Howard Dean shaped the issues for the 2004 election. Today, I fondly look back to 2003 when I attended a World AIDS Day event in Iowa with other Howard Dean supporters celebrating Dean's Campaign AIDS Policy. 2003 was the year that all Democratic Presidential Candidates signed the pledge for global AIDS action. As DNC Chair Dean marked World AIDS Day in 2005 by citing the president for his failure to join the global fight against AIDS and asked him to keep his broken promises. Dean appears to be ahead of the curve again as the 2006 World AIDS Day theme is “keeping the promise”.

So what can everyone do to help keep that promise?
Minnesota has alot of great events thru 12/09/06 and details for each event can be found here.

I've chosen to spotlight the events going on today below:

International HIV/AIDS and Human Rights - Minneapolis
In recognition of World AIDS Day, the School of Public Health will host a program on international human rights abuses and how they adversely affect the treatment, assessment, prevention and spread of HIV. Sponsored by the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Center for Health Interprofessional Programs and the Minnesota Public Health Association. (FREE but registeration is requested)
Friday, December 1, 2006 9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. at:

Coffman Memorial Union Theater (Event Details)
300 Washington Avenue Southeast
University of Minnesota East Bank Campus
Minneapolis, MN 55455

World AIDS Day March for Accountability – Minneapolis
Sponsored by Pillsbury House, Community Fitness Today and Minnesota Community PROMISE
Friday, December 1, 2006 at:
Sabathani Community Center
310 East 38th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55409

3:45 p.m. (interested participants will meet at Pillsbury House)
4:00 p.m. (march through the Central and Powderhorn neighborhoods)
4:45 p.m. (dinner, film showing, discussion and vigil)

South African Film Premiere – Minneapolis
In commemoration of World AIDS Day, Open Arms will present the Midwest premiere of a new documentary film, Bigger Than Barbie, by Norwegian filmmaker Tina Davis. The film chronicles the life of a Monkeybiz beader who is raising her niece and nephew who have been orphaned by AIDS. Friday, December 1, 2006 8:00 p.m. ($10 and doors open at 7:30) at:

The Woman’s Club of Minneapolis (details)
410 Oak Grove Street
Minneapolis, MN 55403

“Am I? Are you?” An Evening of Remembrance and Perspective – Minneapolis
Sponsored by the Minnesota AIDS Project and Intermedia Arts
Friday, December 1, 2006 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. at:

2822 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55408

Faces of AIDS World AIDS Day Celebration – St. Paul
The National Youth Leadership Council will host an evening of music, spoken word, dance and light refreshments in solidarity with the global battle against HIV and AIDS. (FREE)
Friday, December 1, 2006, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at:

University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus
St. Paul Student Center Ballroom (2nd Flr)
2017 Buford Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108

Keeping The Promise – World AIDS Day – Duluth
In line with the World AIDS Day theme of “keeping the promise,” the students from Harbor City International School will host an evening of food, games, drama, open microphone and other activities aimed at teens (FREE). Friday, December 1, 2006 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. at:

Harbor City International School
332 West Michigan Street, Suite 300
Duluth, MN 55802

Interdenominational Healing Service – Bemidji
Sponsored by Rural AIDS Action Network (RAAN) and St. Bartholemew’s Episcopal Church
In observance of World AIDS Day, a service will be conducted by clergy from different faiths and will include meditation, prayer and testimonies. Refreshments will follow the service (FREE).
Friday, December 1, 2006 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. at:

St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church
1800 Irvine Ave NW
Bemidji, MN 56601

Play-Safe-Stay-Safe Dance – Bemidji
Sponsored by the Pheonix and Rural AIDS Action Network (RAAN)
In commemoration of World AIDS Day, a dance will be held with refreshments, HIV information and free confidential HIV testing (FREE). Friday, December 1, 2006 at:

Bemidji State University
Lower Hobson Union, Crying Wolf Room
1500 Birchmont Drive Northeast
Bemidji, MN 56601

Candle Light Remembrance Ceremony – Alexandria
In observance of World AIDS Day, there will be a reading of names with a chime sounded and a candle lit for each remembered person who has died of AIDS (FREE). Sponsored by Rural AIDS Action Network (RAAN) and First Congregational UCC Church.
Friday, December 1, 2006, 5:30pm at:

First Congregational UCC Church
221 Seventh Avenue West
Alexandria, MN 56308

Thursday, November 30, 2006

St. Paul DFA Link Iraq War Forum on Cable

In case you missed it, the St. Paul DFA Link Iraq War Fourm consisted of a panel of four experts, a moderator, and audience questions. The event was held at Macalester College on 9/11/06 and was moderated by David Perry, a faculty member in the Macalester College Department of History.

Panelists included:

  • Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer - Univ. of St. Thomas Peace and Justice Studies professor
  • Edward Morrissey - Heritage Foundation conservative blogger and radio show host
  • Phil Steger - Friends for a Nonviolent World director
  • Lou Ellingson - Swift Boat retired Navy captain and small business owner
St. Paul DFA Link member Stan Hilliard has arranged for the St. Paul DFA Link Iraq War Forum held on 9/11/06 to be aired on local cable access. The video of the forum is scheduled to be shown on Suburban Community Channels (SCC) Channel 15 and runs 1 hour and 45 minutes.

The current schedule is on the schedule-tab at: and is listed below:
  • Saturday December 2, 2006, 3:00 PM
  • Sunday December 3, 2006, 3:00 PM
  • Saturday December 9, 2006, 3:00 PM
  • Sunday December 10, 2006, 3:00 PM
  • Saturday December 23,2006, 3:00 PM
  • Sunday December 24, 2006, 3:00 PM
  • Monday December 25, 2006, 3:00 PM
SCC does not go to all communities in the metro but does provide great outreach into the suburban areas. The program will be viewable in Birchwood, Dellwood, Grant, Lake Elmo, Mahtomedi, Maplewood, North Saint Paul, Oakdale, Vadnais Heights, White Bear Lake, White Bear Township, and Willernie. If you don't live in this viewing area but would like to have the St. Paul DFA Link Iraq War Forum aired on your local cable access channel, please contact St. Paul DFA Link member Stan Hilliard.

Stan is attempting to work with another local cable access provider (CTV15), which creates the content for channel 15 for in Arden Hills, Falcon Heights, New Brighton, North Oaks, Roseville, St. Anthony, and Shoreview. In order to be shown in the CTV15 area, a resident of the area must submit the program material. If you live in CTV15 area and would like to help ensure that the St. Paul DFA Link Iraq War Forum is aired on CTV15, please contact St. Paul DFA Link member Stan Hilliard.

Stan is also looking for volunteers willing to help place the St. Paul DFA Link Iraq War Fourm on the internet. (hint, hint)

Readers who have any ideas on how to increase viewership of the St. Paul DFA Link Iraq War Fourm are encouraged to post their thoughts in the comments section of this post.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Can MN Have a Peace Candidate for Senate in '08?

Peace for Senate in '08 ­ A discussion about the feasibility of electing a peace candidate in the modern age of big money and big media politics. Charley Underwood will be moderating the evening and the event is hosted by the DFL Progressive Caucus.

MLK Recreation Center
4055 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55409 (map)
Tue Nov 21 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Please come a little early if you can to socialize.

This power-packed panel discussion will include:

Friday, November 17, 2006

Send Howard Dean a Birthday Card!

Happy Birthday Howard Dean!

You know that Howard Dean's 50 State Strategy had a lot to do with last week's big Democratic victory. But Democratic political pundit James Carville is insisting that Howard needs to be "held accountable" for his "Rumsfeldian incompetence" as DNC Chair. Carville is getting a ton of press about it, and he's right about one thing. Howard Dean should be held accountable. He should be held accountable for helping state parties nationwide develop and support competitive campaigns in places where Democrats haven't won for years.

Today is Howard's birthday, and Democracy for America is sending him a giant birthday card.

Sign the card at:

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Andy Luger: Please Run Again!

"We appreciate the sacrifice others are making in the quest to serve, and respect them for it."
-- Andy Luger
As a first-time candidate for public office, I received a lot of advice and guidance from political professionals and people with experience running campaigns. I developed a strategy and worked hard to implement and execute my campaign plan. But there is one thing about running for office I had not anticipated and I think remains a closely held secret: how well most candidates actually get along.

Read the complete article at the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Andy Luger understands that in order to build a better community we must find some common ground to work with our newly elected officials. Andy's words are also encouraging a new generation of candidates to run for office. Andy was the best local candidate I've seen in years and I hope he runs again. -EB

This is what Andy had to say on his web site, which I thought was the best local web site of the 2006 campaign cycle:

Dear Friends,

Thank you for all of your support, encouragement and good wishes over the past 22 months. I have been asked many times since Tuesday night how I feel. While I am disappointed that I will not serve as your Hennepin County Attorney, I am proud to have had the privilege to run for this office and to get to know so many of you personally.

Politics is not easy, and running for office brings great challenges. But you inspired me with your passion, your energy and your commitment to the shared values I talked about in this campaign. Thank you for marching in parades, making phone calls, going to caucuses, contributing money and standing with me through this long race.

This was my first run for office, and, despite the result, I will always cherish this campaign. Throughout this race I was lucky to work with a talented and dedicated campaign team and I received wise counsel from community, labor and business leaders.

Ellen and I are grateful for your support and your friendship.

Kind Regards,


Andy Luger was a candidate for Hennepin County attorney and a local DFA Link endorsed candidate in 2006.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Aren't you glad Howard Dean works for Democrats?

From time to time DFM spotlights other MN Bloggers. This post was taken directly from our good friend and DFA Link member: Truth Surfer.

Aren't you glad Howard Dean works for Democrats? We're winning because of him and those that work toward his vision like DFL State Chair Melendez. We have an agenda, a plan, a goal and a message. They all support the Democratic vision.

Dean stuck to his principles in rebuilding the party. He and his supporters in the netroots movement believed that their party needed to rebuild from the ground up in every state, including many where the party existed in name only. Here in Minnesota that kind of committment has made all the difference. In the area I live in (south suburbs) we've put Democrats into office after hearing for a whole year that we lived in too red an area to elect democrats. Well, we're a very bluish violet today.

Thank you Mr. Dean. All the long hours and endless lit drops and doorknocks were worth it if for nothing else than the soon-to-be ex RNC chair Ken Mehlman.