Immigration – Common Sense II February Issue

Common Sense II  Immigration Issue  February 2019
p. 1
A Wall For All by Jack Pick
The Immigrant poem by Vicki Andrews
p. 2
One Legal Immigrants Experience by James Raymond
Immigration Uses and Abuses by Bob Passi
p. 4
Immigration in the United States of America by Deanna Ensley
What Could Have Been by Valerie Conner
p. 6
Progressive Caucus Book Nook
Membership Time
lendar of Events


January Calendar of Progressive Action

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Circles of Support phone Alice (218) 999-5728
Earth Circle phone Vicki (218) 259-4254 email:
Healthcare for All MN – GR phone Barb (218) 327-3282
Itasca County DFL (218) 326-6296 email:
Itasca Indivisible email:
Itasca Progressive Caucus email:
Itasca Working Family Alliance phone Johnnie (218) 213-5329

Guns & Butter–Common Sense II December Issue


Guns & Butter Issue
Common Sense II December 2018

Page 1
Our Legacy Is in Our Hands by Val Conner
Page 2
Life’s Pitch by Liz Branum
Addressing a Wedge Issue by Brian Vroman
Page 3
Not Just Thoughts and Prayers: Common Sense Gun Control by Nancy and Rick Rudd
Page 4
Democracy and Social Security by Bob Passi
Page 5
At the Pearly Gates (continued) by David Bolstorff
Calendar of Events

Healthcare – Common Sense II October Issue

Welcome to October’s Common Sense issue on Healthcare.
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Page one
Healthcare and Climate Change: An Alarming Connection by Vicki Andrews
Page two
Healthcare For People, Not For Profit by Barb Anderson
Page three
At the Pearly Gates by David Bolstorff
Page four
Health Care in America and PTSD by Bob Passi
What is Important! by Barb Anderson
Page five
Progressive Caucus Book Nook: The Plan Defended review by Valerie Conner
Scary Realities by Valerie Conner

Unity – Common Sense II September Issue

Here is our monthly newsletter. Thanks to Val for getting it out in such a timely manner, and thanks to the voices of our authors. Read it and share it.

Unity Issue – September 2018
Page 1
Voting your Conscience in 2018 by Vicki Andrews
Malfunction by Valerie Conner
Page 2
Back to the Future by “Jonathan Swift”
Page 3
To Save Our Country, Vote!
by Nancy Rudd
Page 4
Party Unity by Bob Passi
Page 5
At the Party Gates by David Bolstorff
Page 6
Book Nook: A Reversal of Fortune by Valerie Conner
Calendar of Events

2018 09 Common Sense

IPC County Fair Survey

August 15 -19 2018
Itasca Progressive Caucus studies issues and makes recommendations to address them.
What are 1 or 2 issues that concern you most?

Itasca County Fair Survey Results (pdf)

The top concerns appear to be healthcare and education. But if the concerns are grouped into categories, the top concerns are healthcare and the environment.

88 slips of paper with 114 concerns:
Concern Number of responses
Healthcare 19
Education 11
Climate Change 7
Immigration 5
Political Leadership (Trump) 5
Environment 4
Mining vs Environment 4
Transportation 4
Voting Security 4
Abortion/Reproductive Rights 3
Discrimination / LGBQT / Seniors 3
Mental Illness/Care 3
Adult Disability Care 2
Crime Reform 2
Gun safety 2
Housing 2
Human Rights 2
Jobs 2
Medicare & Social Security 2
Peace 2
Renewable Energy 2
Substance Abuse 2
Taxes 2
Wealth Inequality 2
Women’s rights 2
Broadband 1
Economy 1
Family Farm 1
Family Values 1
Food Security 1
Invasive Species 1
Legalize Marijuana 1
Minimum Wage 1
Parental Choices 1
Pension Safety 1
Rank Choice Voting 1
Recreation Trails 1
Unionization 1
Welfare Reform 1
Wolf Protection 1
Young Activists 1

Concerns grouped into categories:
Category Concern #

HEALTH -total 32
HEALTH Healthcare 19
HEALTH Abortion/Reproductive Rights 3
HEALTH Mental Illness/Care 3
HEALTH Adult Disability Care 2
HEALTH Gun safety 2
HEALTH Substance Abuse 2
HEALTH Legalize Marijuana 1

ENVIRONMENT – total 20
ENVIRONMENT Climate Change 7
ENVIRONMENT Environment 4
ENVIRONMENT Mining vs Environment 4
ENVIRONMENT Renewable Energy 2
ENVIRONMENT Invasive Species 1
ENVIRONMENT Recreation Trails 1
ENVIRONMENT Wolf Protection 1 20

GLOBAL – total 14
GLOBAL Immigration 5
GLOBAL Discrimination / LGBQT / Seniors 3
GLOBAL Human Rights 2
GLOBAL Peace 2
GLOBAL Women’s rights 2

EDUCATION – total 12
EDUCATION Education 11
EDUCATION Young Activists 1

SOCIETY – total 10
SOCIETY Medicare & S. S. 2
SOCIETY Crime Reform 2
SOCIETY Housing 2
SOCIETY Family Values 1
SOCIETY Food Security 1
SOCIETY Parental Choices 1
SOCIETY Welfare Reform 1

GOVERNANCE -total 10
GOVERNANCE Political Leadership 5
GOVERNANCE Voting Security 4
GOVERNANCE Rank Choice Voting 1

WORK -total 8
WORK Jobs 2
WORK Wealth Inequality 2
WORK Family Farm 1
WORK Minimum Wage 1
WORK Pension Safety 1
WORK Unionization 1

INFRASTRUCTURE Transportation 4

ECONOMY -total 3
ECONOMY Economy 1

Immigration – Common Sense II July Issue

Common Sense II July 2018 Immigration Issue Volume 13 Issue 7

Page 1
America, What Have We Become? By Vicki Andrews
Page 2
Largest Crowd Ever – Believe Me! By Jack Pick
Page 3-4
Arresting Our Skid Toward Autocracy by Eric Grimsrud
Page 4
Join the Popular Resistance School! By Vicki Andrews
Page 5
Who Are the Victims Here? By Nancy Rudd
Page 6
Fighting For The Soul of Our Nation by Nancy Rudd
Page 7
Immigration by Bob Passi
Page 8
Immigration and Racism by Valerie Conner