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,

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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