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Volunteers needed for Keith Ellison 2015 Labor Day BBQ


The Keith Ellison campaign's annual BBQ Honoring Labor is conveniently in our district, and we're helpinng out. We need volunteers to arrive at 10:15 (if you can get there early but not that early, you can still be helpful) to help with sign-in, setting up food, and directing drivers to parking. If you can help, please contact Eric Ferguson at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

And if you can't volunteer, please do come when you can (preferably before 2, or you'll just watch clean up).

The picnic is noon-2 on Sunday Sept. 6th, not on Labor Day. It's at Wabun Picnic Area D by Minnehaha Park. Here's a map. Be aware the bridge between Minnehaha Dr. and the vets home is closed to all traffic, even pedestrians. Use the 46th Av. entrance.

We could also use the loan of some coolers. Again, contact Eric Ferguson at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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SD63 out and about this summer


table_at_midtownSD63 will be out and about as usual this summer! Come enjoy the Minnesota summer community festivals and tell us hi. If you can help, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . If you can help set up, figure on arriving a half hour before the event starts. Whoever packs up can figure on staying maybe 15 minutes after closing time. Usually we'll set up our event table where we give out campaign lit, register voters, and sign up members for our Yahoo Group (sign up yourself right now).

Here's a list of where we know we'll be so far:

Thursday July 16
The Diamond Lake Festival: 56th St. and Chicago Av.Minneapolis, 4-7 PM.
Thursday July 23
Sibley Park Corn Feed: 19th Av. and 40th St., Minneapolis 6-8:30 PM
Wednesday August 5
Lake Hiawatha: 27th Av. and 44th St., Minneapolis 5-8 PM
Thursday August 13
Longfellow Corn Feed: Longfellow Park, 35th Av. and 36th St., Minneapolis 5:30-8 PM
Saturday September 19
King's Fair: Matthews Park, 27th Av. and 25th St., Minneapolis 12-5 PM
Saturday October 3
Midtown Farmers Market, Lake St. and 22nd Av. S., Minneapolis 8AM-1PM
Saturday September 19
King's Fair: Matthews Park, 27th Av. and 25th St., Minneapolis 12-5 PM

Issue teams updates


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.


The SD63 DFL Book Club


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
Map | their website

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:

  • August 17 - Frank Luntz Republican Playbook download free
  • September 21 - Cracking the Code, Thom Hartmann.

What we've read in the past:

  • 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.
  • July 20 - Beyond Outrage, Robert Reich.

Come join us on Yahoo!


Join our Yahoo Group by clicking here and signing up today. You'll be updated on what we're working on, and be notified about our events.

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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