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Well, here we go!

I wanted to get this out the door since there's a lot going down TOMORROW.

1) Attend Erik Paulsen town hall meeting. Objective is a show of numbers, so bring friends if you want :) Facebook link

Thu Feb 23rd 7:00pm - 8:00pm 12235 Old Rockford Rd, Minneapolis, MN 55441

2) Gerrymandering bill! Very important! Organizers looking to pack the room at senate committee meeting to oppose the gerrymandering bill (SF 86) and to support the alternative nonpartisan redistricting bill (SF 370). 1pm 2/23. Read more here! https://www.facebook.com/events/263627364065202/


From organizers: IF YOU CAN'T MAKE IT, send an email and ask that it be entered into the record. It actually is entered into the record, and I believe circulated during the meeting. Email paul.carlson@senate.mn . Sample email text (thanks Tanya!)

I am unable to attend tomorrow's committee hearing regarding SF 370 and SF 86.  Therefore, I am writing to express my thoughts on these bills, and I respectfully ask that my comments be entered into the record. SF 370 should be supported, as it allows for fair districting determined by an independent outside commission.  This independent districting will best ensure that the people of Minnesota are truly being represented in the legislature, in proportion to the beliefs and ideals of the people.

SF 86 must be opposed, as it will lead to unequal and unfair representation of Minnesotans.  Letting the current legislature determine districts is bound to lead to biases slipping in, leading to districts being drawn to ensure re-election rather than ensure fair representation.

Thank you for your time,
Tanya Smutka
Crystal (Senate District 45


ALSO: I did not read specifically anything from the organizers about contacting your local reps about these bills, so focus on emailing paul carlson first (or showing up!). If you have time, contact your reps by phone and voice your support of SF370 and opposition to SF86. Contact info here.
Sample script for whoever answers the phone: "Hello, I'm calling to let the representative know of my support of nonpartisan redistricting as put forth in bill SF370, and my opposition to SF 86. Please let them know and thank them for their attention to these important bills."

3) Postcards or letters to support independent investigation: Send to Amy Klobuchar, Al Franken, Keith Ellison. Contact info here.

Sample text: I am writing to add my support in urging Attorney General Sessions to appoint an independent and impartial investigator to Donald Trump's ties with Russia during the election. Thank you for your urgent attention to this matter.

Sincerely,
etc.


OTHER: The website I showed you is www.progressivewestand.org (with a few economic activism action items on that page if you want to look! They're not too hard and not a rush -- phew!). Find national/general resources here, find Golden Valley/specific resources for our group here.

If you have friends who want to be on the mailing list even if they don't want to come to the meetings where we decide priorities, they may sign up here.

More soon! Thanks again for coming and making my night :)


 
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