Activities and Actions June 10th
Line 3 - Sierra Club - MN Environment Bill - MN Secretary of State -Zumba - WCI Monthly Meeting - Filibuster - Pot Luck--and more
Tuesday and Thursday Nights: ZUMBA CLASSES for ADULTS
Starting June 8th and 10th...Join in the fun of learning Zoomba! WCI is partnering with Ballet Folklorico to bring diverse communities together through dance! Optional donations accepted. Contact Renee for details and directions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday June 14th WCI Monthly Meeting 6:30-8:30
Patty O'Keefe, Sierra Club. Topics: Coal Creek and an overview of Sierra Club's alternative plan to Xcel's IRP.
Thursday, June 17th, 6:30 pm (Zoom and phone options)
Steve Simon, Minnesota Secretary of State
Filibuster--the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly and By-The-Way the Impact on Voting Rights" Presented with Annandale Huddle for Action.
We are delighted to welcome Steve Simon, Minnesota Secretary of State, to Annandale Huddle. Steve is MN's 22nd Secretary of State and has been in office since 2015. Prior to his time as SOS, he was in the legislature for 10 years representing his hometown of Hopkins and St. Louis Park, where he was chair of the House Elections Committee, where he authored and shepherded our "No excuses absentee voting" law into the passage with bipartisan support. He also authored the law that allows for online voter registration in Minnesota and traveled the state debating Mary Kiffmeyer in 2012 to defeat the Voter ID constitutional amendment.
Monday, July 12: WCI Potluck IN PERSON!!!!
Join us for a chance to see each other in person, and have some time to just visit and enjoy the beauty of nature.
Sturges Park Pavilion, the lower pavilion in Buffalo from 3-7 pm. WCI’s steering committee will provide meat and buns. Please bring a dish to pass and BYOB. More details to follow!
Save Our Democracy
Listen to this analysis of the current Republican party by Leading Political REPUBLICAN strategist Matthew Dowd,(he ran the 2004 campaign for President Bush).
His thoughts on the necessary action to save our democracy may seem radical to conservatives but absolutely correct!
Rise, Protect, STOP Line 3
This weekend, over 400 people of faith, conscience, and spiritual practice came together for the multifaith delegation to the Treaty People Gathering: Rise, Protect, Stop Line 3.
We joined over 2,000 people and were guided by the Native and Anishinbeeg women who are leading this movement on the front lines. On the edge of the deepest and clearest lake in Minnesota, we experienced the magic and connection of relationship to the earth and one another. We listened to the wind across the pines, felt the warm sun on our skin and on stones, woke up to the sound of birdsong and leaves. We recommitted ourselves to action and to solidarity, and we wove parts of our hearts and our spirits into the land and water as protectors and guardians.
We can stop this pipeline, but we have a fight ahead of us. Water protectors are in jail facing serious legal charges and ongoing harassment. Enbridge has equipment on the ground ready to drill under the Mississippi River and through 200 water crossings. And the struggle to honor Native treaty rights continues.
Here's what you can do:
1. Donate. MNIPL needs your support to sustain our multifaith movement to Stop Line 3. You can also donate here to support the larger Treaty Gathering bail fund.
2. Send a message to President Biden asking him to revoke the permits to Line 3.
3. Call the White House and Climate Office of Gina McCarthy by dialing: 888-724-8946. Tell them: “President Biden must honor the treaties and protect our climate by stopping the Line 3 tar sands pipeline now.”
3. Follow the Rise Coalition Facebook Page and the Water Protector Welcome Page for ongoing action opportunities in Northern Minnesota.
4. Check out the great press coverage of our delegation and the Treaty People Gathering! New York Times, MPR, Star Tribune, Washington Post, Native News Online, Associated Press. Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light
Minnesota Environment Budget Bill-Contact your legislators
Minnesotans have been crystal clear with our elected leaders - we want to protect clean water and clean air. We've dedicated funds from the Lottery and from the Legacy Amendment to pay for protecting habitat, parks, and trails. And we expect Governor Walz and the Minnesota Senate and House to uphold those commitments. Unfortunately, the Minnesota Senate's budget bill is full of rollbacks to our environmental laws and these must be removed.
Pollution in Minnesota disproportionately impacts communities of color and poor communities. The Minnesota House and Governor Walz have included a number of policy and enforcement provisions that focus on reducing pollution in these overburdened communities. These environmental justice policies should be included in the final environment budget.
We are at a critical stage in the Legislative process in Minnesota. Now is the time to email, call, and contact your legislators on social media to support clean water and air for every Minnesotan.
Click here: Please take this easy action to email your elected leaders right now.
Call your senators now & tell them to eliminate the filibuster
Right now, Republicans are using the Jim Crow filibuster not just to stand in the way of investigating the events of January 6th — they’re using it to block essential democracy reform legislation like S.1, the For the People Act — all while Republican state legislatures across the country are passing hundreds of sweeping voter suppression laws that will make it harder for people to vote and have a say in our democracy. No more. The choice is clear: save democracy or save the Jim Crow filibuster. But we can’t do both.
Stop what you’re doing right now and make a call to both your senators. Tell them to eliminate the filibuster to pass critical democracy reforms. We don’t have time to waste. Click on the blue above to contact your senators!