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The SD63 DFL Book Club

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bookclubThe SD63 DFL Book Club
Third Monday of the month, 6:30 p.m.
Fireroast Café
3800 37th Avenue South (at East 38th Street)
Minneapolis, Minneapolis 55408
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Please join us at the SD63 DFL book club. Our readings are aimed at helping us understand and explain our ideas, positions and values as DFLers.

Upcoming meetings and readings:

  • April 20 - Don't Think of an Elephant, George Lakoff.
  • May 18 - Thanks the Liberals, Alan Colmes.
  • June 15 - What It Means to Be a Liberal, George McGovern.
 

April 2015 DFL Book Club

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It's a DFL Book Club!
Monday, April 20, 2015, 6:30 p.m.
Fireroast Café
3800 37th Avenue South (at East 38th Street)
Minneapolis, Minneapolis 55408
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Please join us for the first meeting of SD63 DFL's book club. Our readings are aimed at helping us understand and explain our ideas, positions and values as DFLers.

We'll start the book club with Don't Think of an Elephant by George Lakoff. This book goes right to the heart of what we're hoping for our book club: rebutting conservative talking points with more powerful, more punchy messages.

 

April 2015 Central Committee Meeting

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DFL Senate District 63
Central Committee Meeting
Note date and location changes!
Monday, April 6, 2015,
6:30 p.m.
 Sibley Park
19th Av. and 40th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55406
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Agenda items to be announced

  • Issue teams
  • Precinct and district officer elections

     

    All are welcome! The voting members include:

    • Precinct Chairs (Vice Chairs serve as alternates)
    • Senate District Directors
    • Senate District Officers
    • All members of the State Central Committee or CD5 Central Committee residing in the district

     

    For assistance or questions, please contact the appropriate officer(s):

    • Chair: Eric Ferguson, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
    • Vice Chair: Husniyah Dent Bradley, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
    • Outreach Officer: Mary Whitney, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
    • Secretary: John Maraist, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
    • Treasurer: Tim Bonham, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
     

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    Issue teams updates

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    mclaughlin_ottoUpdates on our 2015 issue teams

    In November, we asked if you remembered what first motivated you to get into politics: the issues, tactics or public policies, that spurred you to action. Whether getting back to these basics or branching out, this year when we don't have campaign, we're forming issue teams where we can have an impact. Issue teams are an adaptation of the neighborhood teams used in recent campaigns. The issue teams will take the same idea, only working on an issue rather than a candidate. The teams will form around their issue, pick their strategy, and develop whatever structure works for them.

    Here are updates on what our issue teams have been up to. If you want to join one of these, or start your own, contact the chair at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

    The DFL book club. We have to admire right-wing media for their skill at messaging. They have sharp, concise, and emotionally appealing arguments for some of the most reprehensible ideas! This issue team will put together a reading for a book club dedicated to honing our messages, and raising our skills when discussing and defending our positions. Meetings will be on the third Monday of the month, at 6:30pm at Fireroast Mountain Cafe (38th Street and 37th Avenue). We've scheduled the first three books so far:

    • The first meeting will be Monday, April 20, discussing Don't Think of an Elephant by George Lakoff. This book specifically addresses rebutting conservative talking points with more powerful, more punchy messages.
    • Our second meeting will be on May 18, for Thank the Liberals by Alan Colmes.
    • And the third meeting will be on June 15, for What It Means to be a Democrat by George McGovern.

    Review of use of new technology by SD63. We make heavy use of technology for our work in SD63, but are we doing the right things? What are we missing, and are we wasting some of our effort? In December we conducted a survey about our use of technology. After a pause for the holidays and for the Spaghetti Dinner, we're now ready to have a good look at the responses, and plan our year. Please join us at 7pm on Thursday, March 12th, at the Blue Moon Coffee Cafe (3822 E Lake St) for a first discussion of where we are, and where we should go.

    Home solar. This team is has been discussing experience with solar panels, planning to raise awareness of its availability and affordability for ordinary homeowners. Once the weather warms up, we're hoping to have a tour of local solar installations.

    City communities outreach. This team is looking into a forum on how the DFL organization can better build relationships with the different communities within and around SD63.

    Early voting proposals. There are a number of early voting proposals now in front of the legislature. It's too soon to know when any of them might kick in, but it's not too late to start thinking about how they might change our strategy. What will it mean for our campaigning when voting takes place over weeks or months?

    Education. This team has just started! Please join us to help decide on what educational issues we should focus, and how we can best advocate for good solutions.

     

    2015 spaghetti dinner photos and video

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    Thanks to all who volunteered for and donated at our 2015 spaghetti dinner. 

     

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    Keith Ellison and John Marty at our health insurance reform forum

    Keith Ellison and John Marty at our health insurance reform forum

     

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