Perhaps the first step in the work of justice and liberation is unlearning the lies we’ve been told. Next month, we have an opportunity to do just that.
On December 9th, our community, The Table MPLS, is heading out on a Sacred Sites tour with Jim Bear Jacobs (Mohican) and Bob Klanderud (Dakota) to learn about Minnesota history from a Native perspective through story-telling and experiencing the sites in silence/meditation/reflection.
Together we will visit sites located around confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers, what the Dakota refer to as Bdote, or "meeting place of rivers," including:
- Fort Snelling State Park
- Dakota Internment Camp following The Dakota-U.S. War
- Pilot Knob Hill, a traditional burial ground.
Tours are appropriate for adults and older youth. Tour groups meet at a location in Mendota near the sites and auto caravan to the sites. Car pooling usually occurs so those not preferring or unable to drive can ride with others. Address, directions, and map will be sent prior to tour. Dress for the weather with sturdy footwear rather than sandals. If weather is severe we will reschedule. Watch email if it’s questionable. We will do our best to accommodate the physical abilities of all attendees. Wheelchairs welcome as the places we go are on or very near trails. The whole tour can be accessible; contact us with specific questions. People who may have difficulty standing for story telling may want to bring lawn chairs. Those walking should expect to be on some uneven surfaces and dirt/gravel paths. We allot four hours for tours though actual times may vary.
Register Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sacred-sites-tour-tickets-41008138446
This event is being put on by NOT IN OUR CITY.
Not a run with a cause, but a cause with a run. Register today for the NOT IN OUR CITY 5k!
When: December 9th, 2017 at 9am
Where: Target Field
Why: Human trafficking of women and children is the fastest growing crime in the world and it’s happening right in our backyard. How do we take action against this horrific social issue?
We are inviting you to take one step forward to support local organizations who are working around the clock to make an impact on human trafficking. We’re grateful for the brave leaders at Cornerstone, Breaking Free, Source, Men as Peacemakers and The Link. They continue to build upon the foundation with their expertise and grit to make a long term change here in the Twin Cities.
Join us and show YOUR GRIT!
Here is the plan. THIS IS A FUNDRAISER!
Not a run with a cause, but a cause with a run!
Register today! NOT IN OUR CITY 5K in the Target Field Concourse 1) on December 9, 2017. Registration is $40.00
Bring your friends and create a fundraising challenge.
Bring your family kids under 8 are free.
2) Make your own IMPACT: Donate to the cause.
Experience something bigger. You’re joining thousands on taking action against Human Trafficking right here in our community.
3) Invite, invite, invite! Invite your friends and family – and their friends and family! This is how awareness becomes a movement. Remind your friends that 100% of proceeds go directly to vetted partner organizations.
4) See you on December 9! Join us for the 5K celebration to run, rally, and take one step forward!
Register Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/not-in-our-city-5k-tickets-38546629005?aff=efbeventtix
Join your friends and family at The Table, as together we work to clean up the Mississippi River Bottoms before it (and all of the trash on it) gets buried in the snow of winter.
If you have any questions about this event, contact Jerome Bergquist at 720.301.2321
This event is being hosted by Common Good Books:
In addition to exposing racially biased policing, the Justice Department's "Ferguson Report" exposed to the world a system of fines and fees levied for minor crimes in Ferguson, Missouri, that, when they proved too expensive for Ferguson's largely poor, African American population, resulted in jail sentences for thousands of people.
As former staffer to Robert F. Kennedy and current Georgetown law professor Peter Edelman explains in "Not a Crime to Be Poor", Ferguson is everywhere in America today. Through money bail systems, fees and fines, strictly enforced laws and regulations against behavior including trespassing and public urination that largely affect the homeless, and the substitution of prisons and jails for the mental hospitals that have traditionally served the impoverished, in one of the richest countries on Earth we have effectively made it a crime to be poor.
Edelman, who famously resigned from the administration of Bill Clinton over welfare "reform," connects the dots between these policies and others including school discipline in poor communities, child support policies affecting the poor, public housing ordinances, addiction treatment, and the specter of public benefits fraud to paint a picture of a mean-spirited, retributive system that seals whole communities into inescapable cycles of poverty.
Peter Edelman is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law and Public Policy and the faculty director of the Center on Poverty and Inequality at Georgetown University Law Center. Edelman was a top advisor to Senator Robert F. Kennedy and served in President Bill Clinton's administration. He is the author of "So Rich, So Poor" (The New Press) and lives in Washington, D.C.
This event is being hosted by: Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar.
It's been two years since we lost Jamar Clark. We continue to fight for #JusticeThroughJamar! Gather with community at the site where he was killed. We will hold space, remember Jamar, and gather our strength for the coming struggle for the Minneapolis Police Accountability Council.
This event is being hosted by Kaleo Center. Below is their invitation to you:
We're living in hard times. How do we sustain our organizing and activism for the long-term? Our strategies must shift to meet drastically shifting political and economic circumstances in our communities. Thankfully, we aren't alone and we have wisdom and elders to lean on. Join Lena Gardner to explore together the insight of legendary Detroit activist Grace Lee Boggs and writer, activist, and sci-fi/Octavia Butler scholar adrienne maree brown. Leave with new ideas and strategies to energize your activism.
We'll explore ideas from two books: The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century by Grace Lee Boggs and Emergent Strategy from adrienne maree brown.
Lena K. Gardner is one of the co-founders and leaders of the Black Lives Matter Minneapolis chapter and is a part of the founding leaders of the Black Lives of Unitarian Universalist Organizing Collective (BLUU). She worships and is a member at First Universalist Church of Minneapolis, lives in Northeast Minneapolis with her cat Merlin and loves the Boundary Waters. She graduated from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities in 2015 with her Master of Arts in Justice and Peace studies. Lena serves as the Executive Director of Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism.
The person who is culturally competent is the person who has an awareness of one's own cultural identity and views about difference, and the ability to learn and build on the varying cultural and community norms of others. At The Table MPLS, we are convinced that much of the societal problems that we are witnessing today are here because culturally competent people are not. Lets do something about this together.
In an ever expanding world of difference, we invite you into this series of 4 Tuesday nights (7:00-8:30pm) where we will be led by gifted trainers Dee McIntosh (Pastor of Lighthouse MPLS) and Siri Milton (Business Development, Thrivent Financial) to explore and equip one another to be culturally competent.
Because we believe in this workshop, we don't want any costs to hold anyone back from partaking in it. Please pay what you can, and if you can't pay anything, don't sweat it.
The Loft presents More than a Single Story: Vigilance In Uncertain Times moderated by Carolyn Holbrook. Panelists for this event will be April Gibson, David Grant, Qais Munhazim, David Mura, and Diane Wilson. More information on the event and panelists can be found here:
Vanessa Hua, author of the short story collection, Deceit and Other Possibilities said “This country was built on the backs of immigrants and people of color, and in times of war, we have protected this country, too. We need to hear these stories more than ever at a time when the president questions our loyalty, when he denies the disabled, the queer community, and the marginalized their humanity. Every hurled slur, every stereotype and assumption denies us our stories ― and I’m vowing to tell as many and as deeply as I can in the years ahead.”
The writers in this discussion will examine how writing and literature bear witness, and how it helps them hold light and maintain their center in the darkness of the uncertain times we are living in.
This event is part of the Lofts thematic programming, Vigilance.
Much like how an art museum might present a special exhibit, the Loft is introducing seasonal thematic programming. Our themes will help connect you across many of the Loft program offerings. We believe that poems and stories can be an important lens through which to view the world, and these themes will compel us all to look at the words we write and authors we read in new ways.
This fall, our theme will be Vigilance: How can poems and stories help us to maintain attention over long periods of time? How does language bear witness? Through the theme of Vigilance, the Loft will explore the ways in which words help us hold light in the darkness.
We invite you to explore our fall theme of Vigilance in as many ways as interest you. The video and listings below highlight the ideas and opportunities to participate throughout the fall.
Advanced tickets guarantee a general admission seat and help cover the Loft's costs to host the event. Pay-what-you-can tickets are available at the door 30 minutes prior to the event on a first-come, first-served basis. No one turned away for lack of funds. Doors open 30 minutes before the event. Seating is general admission (not assigned).
$10.00 (Non-Member Price)
$5.00 (Member Price)
Tickets can be found here: https://www.loft.org/shop/product_detail/7/events/1138/more_than_a_single_story_vigilance_in_uncertain_times/https://www.loft.org/shop/product_detail/7/events/1138/more_than_a_single_story_vigilance_in_uncertain_times/
The following event is being provided by the Land Stewardship Project.
This workshop is a 6 hour exploration of the dynamics of trauma and resilience; their expression in our bodies, their active presence in our communities and their relationship to organizing, alliance building and change. We will share tools for expanding our resilience and clarity in the face of oppressive patterns, systems, and organizing challenges.
Ricardo Levins Morales
Ricardo has been active in grassroots social and labor struggles from an early age. As a movement artist he creates images to counter the paralysis that the trauma of oppression impose. He provides support to organizations, activists and leaders to help them seek greater effectiveness.
Molly combines her experience as a bodyworker and community organizer to draw connections between the impacts of trauma and our work. She focuses on sharing tools to address the effects of trauma on our bodies and communities, approaching this work with transformative and healing justice in mind.
Who is an organizer?
We do not have a strict definition of "organizer." We generally consider it to be someone who brings people together to affect change through collective action.
We are offering this workshop courtesy of funding through the Catalyst Initiative of the George Family Foundation.
Lunch will be provided at 1:30. If you have specific restrictions, please contact us and we will do our best to accomodate.
Registration is required, space is limited. We will prioritize registrations from indigenous people, people of color, queer and trans folks. Registration does not guarantee attendance. Participants will be notified by email. We ask that all confirmed registrants contact us at least 48 hours in advance if you are unable to attend so we can open up your spot to someone on the waitlist.
Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/restoring-power-trauma-resilience-for-organizers-tickets-38815658680
This event is hosted by SURJ MN:
This workshop will provide an introduction to internal, individual, institutional and systemic racism, as well as conscious and unconscious bias. Through this workshop we will begin skill building on how we can unlearn racism and begin to shift our own role in white supremacy.
***If you can't make this date, this workshop will be offered again on Dec 2 from 1-4 p.m.***
This workshop is one of four SURJ MN will be offering regularly through 2017 and 2018. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for descriptions and dates.
All workshops are free; however, a suggested donation of $5-15 is encouraged.
*Please comment or PM us if you need childcare!*
Join us to hear from Gaspar Sanchez, the sexual diversity coordinator of COPINH (Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras), as he presents "Uniting to Resist Attacks on our Land and Identities: Building on the Queer Indigneous Framework in the Americas."
COPINH was co-founded and led by beloved Indigenous leader Berta Caceres, who was assassinated in March 2016. Gaspar will present on how the struggle for LGBTQ awareness and rights among Indigenous communities plays a vital role in both land defense and in the dismantling of patriarchal and militaristic structures.
Since 2014 Sánchez has served on COPINH’s leadership team as the Sexual Diversity & Rights Equality Coordinator. Sánchez hosts a radio program, Los Colores de Wiphala, that discusses human rights with an emphasis on the LGBTQ community. He leads community trainings on Indigenous rights, territorial defense, and protecting Mother Nature’s common goods under siege by extractivist projects. He accompanies legal processes in support of Indigenous humans rights defenders and against state actors and corporations that have committed crimes in Lenca territories. Sánchez is a popular educator with COPINH’s Tomás García Formation School which works to shape the next generation of young Indigenous leadership. He also serves as a spiritual guide for the Lenca people in their collective efforts to recuperate historical memory through processes of life, land defense, and ancestral practices. Sánchez has represented COPINH all over the hemisphere from Mexico, Cuba, Venezuela, and Brazil to the United Nations. Join us in welcoming him to Minnesota.
(join us earlier in the day at Augsburg University. More details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/726492617539665)
This event is being hosted by: Voices for Racial Justice. For more information on their important work, visit here: http://voicesforracialjustice.org
In honor of Chace Johnson and his most recent pastime enjoyment, we invite you to “Paint for Chace” during his birthday month of October, on Sunday the 29th. Chace believed in giving back and wanted us to carry on his legacy. Donations from the event this year will go to the Colon Cancer Coalition and to The Table MPLS.
Sign-up to bowl or paint at this link here: https://chacejohnson.weebly.com/
The St. Olaf College Political Awareness Committee will host a lecture by Cornel West on Friday, October 25, at 5:30 p.m. in Boe Memorial Chapel. Doors will open at 5 p.m.
Tickets will be required for this event, which will be made available to the general public on October 20 at stolaftickets.com
West is a prominent and provocative democratic intellectual. He is Professor of
the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard University and holds the title of Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. He has also taught at Union Theological Seminary, Yale, Harvard, and the University of Paris. Cornel West graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard in three years and obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy at Princeton.
He has written 20 books and has edited 13. Though he is best known for his classics Race
Matters and Democracy Matters, and his memoir, Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud, his most recent book Black Prophetic Fire has received critical acclaim.
He made his film debut in the Matrix — and was the commentator (with Ken Wilbur) on
the official trilogy released in 2004. He also has appeared in more than 25 documentaries and films including Examined Life, Call & Response, Sidewalkand Stand.
He has also made three spoken word albums including Never Forget, collaborating with
Prince, Jill Scott, Andre 3000, Talib Kweli, KRS-One and the late Gerald Levert. His spoken word interludes were featured on Terence Blanchard’s Choices (which won the Grand Prix in France for the best Jazz Album of the year of 2009), The Cornel West Theory’s Second Rome, Raheem DeVaughn’s Grammy-nominated Love & War: Masterpeace, and most recently on Bootsy Collins’ The Funk Capital of the World.
West has a passion to communicate to a vast variety of publics in order to keep alive the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. — a legacy of telling the truth and bearing witness to love and justice.
Across histories, migrations and diaspora, white supremacy has depended upon the work of anti-Semitism to maintain the complicity of nations in the dehumanizing violence of racial oppression, land theft, and anti-blackness. What does it mean, then, to be Jewish in the context of multi-faith organizing towards liberation? In what ways do we all have work to do in shifting patterns of anti-Semitism? How has Jewishness been an integral part of diverse justice struggle in our shared movements?
Please join The Kaleo Center and Carin Mrotz – writer, organizer, and the executive director of Jewish Community Action – for a morning of conversation and reflection as we learn from one another how to build new relationships within the complexity of history and experience, and as we replenish our ability to find strength in one another while working towards deeper solidarity through action and community.
The Table MPLS from 5-8pm, join us for a night of worship and celebration. There will be free food, live music from local artist, Mayyadda, a bounce house, and a chance to win 2 tickets to the Vikings' home opener against Adrian Peterson and the Saints. This event is 100% FREE.
Ben Kyle, best known as the songwriter-frontman behind the beloved alt-country band ROMANTICA, writes music that is deeply influenced by both his spirituality and the many places that he's called home in his life. Join us for this evening of songs and stories, as we take in the art of one of Minneapolis' best.
Join us for a picnic at Lake Harriet, as we eat some good food, play some games, and enjoy each other's company. If our ultimate aim in Minneapolis is to be a beneficial presence--a people who are actively loving our neighbors, than we have to actively be loved first.
See you at 5 at the park!
At The Table, we believe that visibility is a prerequisite for effective engagement. Far too often, we look at people and places but only very rarely do we actually see them in their fullest reality.
This summer, we want to see this city that we love through a diversity of lenses. For each month, we will be bringing in an important leader in Minneapolis who will share their love for our city and their vision for what our city could become.
On this first evening, we'll be hosting our friend and city leader, Rev. Dr. Nekima Levy-Pounds. Levy-Pounds is a civil rights attorney, freedom fighter, legal scholar, blogger, and nationally recognized expert on issues at the intersections of race, public policy, economic justice, public education, juvenile justice, and the criminal justice system. She is the author of several articles and essays focused on racial justice, poverty, incarceration, and the War on Drugs. Her work has been featured in The Associated Press, The Crisis Magazine, Huffington Post, and the Star Tribune, to name a few. She has appeared on national news outlets such as CNN, PBS, Al Jazeera America, News One, and HuffPost Live.
On this night, we will be heading into the neighborhoods surrounding Knox to meet our new neighbors. Our intentions for this evening are not to sell The Table or even to invite the community to come out to The Table. Our intentions are to go door to door and ask the people of Tangletown and beyond: How can we be good neighbors to you?
If our ultimate aim in this neighborhood is to be a beneficial presence--a people who are actively loving our neighbors, then we have to actively be loved first. These nights are family nights where we will be together for food and friendship.
Our first evening together will be happening outside of the city, out in the burbs at Debbie Manning's house, where we'll talk briefly about a core value and spent the rest of the time eating and drinking and being merry.
Where: Manning House (2324 Lafayette Road, Wayzata, 55391)
When: Dinner at 5:30pm