Taxes, Trump, & Tyranny issue of Common Sense II:

Enjoy reading the latest issue of Common Sense II
Taxes, Trump, and Tyranny

Page 1
Taxes = User Fee by Bob Passi
Page 2
I’m Scared. Are You? by Vicki Andrews
How Important is the Truth by Barb Anderson
Page 3
Fire Away by Bob Passi
The Price of Peace by Barb Anderson
Team USA by Val Conner
Page 5
Raging Grannies: Needed Now More Than Ever! by Vicki Andrews
Page 6
Healthcare Providing Tax Breaks by Barb Anderson
Calendar of Events

http://itascaprogressive.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/05-Common-Sense-May-2017.pdf

Earth Day at Central Square Mall

Earth Circle and the Central Square Mall are teaming up for the third annual Earth Day at Central Square Mall. This year’s event will be bigger and better than ever. In order to coordinate schedules with another big event, the March for Science, the Earth Day Celebration will be on Friday, April 21, as well as a shortened version on Saturday, April 22.

The event will begin on Friday at 11 a.m. and continue until 5 p.m., then resume on Saturday, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. There will be information tables and displays on a variety of environmental issues as well as children’s activities and games. There will be movies and free popcorn throughout the event. Special Earth Day animated children’s films will be shown from
4 – 5 on Friday afternoon and from 10 until noon on Saturday morning.

The Village Bookstore will host an Author Event on Friday from noon until 2 p.m. Featured authors will be Michael Meuers and Barry Babcock. Meuers will discuss his latest book, Road to Ponema: The Teachings of Larry Stillday, a well-known healer, leader and teacher from Red Lake Nation who touched many Ojibwe people in northern Minnesota. Barry Babcock will discuss his new book, Teacher in the Forest: Essays from the Last Wilderness in Mississippi Headwaters Country, about his experiences living simplistically with and not against nature.

Other special Earth Day activities in Grand Rapids are the unveiling of the new interactive exhibit ‘Lake Life’ at the Children’s Discovery Museum from 10 until 3 p.m. and the March for Science through downtown Grand Rapids, beginning at noon at KAXE. This will be followed by speakers and activities at the Grand Rapids Senior High School in the afternoon.

For further information call Central Square Mall at 326-4765 or Vicki Andrews at 218-259-4254

March Common Sense II Constitution Issue

Click on the graphic to access the latest issue of Common Sense II. This month’s theme is The Constitution and these are the articles:
Page 1
Our Genetically Modified Constitution by Bob Passi
The American Constitution by Barb Anderson
Page 2
Standing Against Tar Sands Oil by Vicki Andrews
Page 3
The Preamble to the Constitution of the United States of America by Nancy Rudd
Page 4
Basic Respect by Valerie Conner
Page 5
The Emolument Clause: Follow the Money by Dr. Patrick C. West

And the newsletter includes a calendar of events.

March Events for Progressive Action

MARCH 7
Speak out against pipeline expansion. Environmental groups asking for people concerned about expanding pipelines to attend events in Bemidji MN. Speakers, workshops, rally, PUC hearings. 4:30 -7 pm.

MARCH 8
Day without a Woman: Act together for equity, justice and human rights of women
1. Take day off work,
2. Shop only at women & minority owned business,
3. Wear red.

MARCH 13 & 14
Worldview Intelligence program at Timberlake Lodge offered in Grand Rapids 3/13 & 14, again on May 8 & 9.
Discover your own worldview; where it comes from and how it influences your communication and relationship with others.
Explore your business, organization, church or social system’s worldview.
Explore a social system of interest to understand overlapping and conflicting worldviews.
Understand the power of becoming curious about other worldviews and opening to the possibility that multiple worldviews can co-exist in same space at the same time.
Uncover hidden assumptions, belief systems, patterns that exist in social systems, organizations.
Strategize ways to open up and change the conversation in your organization or social system on issues that matter to find new ways forward
Reflect on new possibilities for crucial challenges.

MARCH 16
Dandelion Insurrection study group begins. (Considering Thurs. at 6, other options may be available.) Register by 3/6. Book & Study Guide, normally priced at $30 will be
$25 if 6 register, $23 if 10. To register or FFI call Vicki at 259-4254

MARCH 18
Take Action MN: Just Transition (moving from fossil fuel to green energy) at YMCA from 10 – 1. More info: http://www.takeactionminnesota.org/events/category/itasca/

MARCH 18
Earth Circle monthly meeting at Library at 2 p.m. More info HERE

MARCH 21
Itasca Indivisible meeting at Dutch Room at 7 p.m. Committees include: Communication, Legislative, Accountability, Community Outreach.

MARCH 27
Environmental Day at YMCA (Green Team from Grand Rapids High School) 9 am -11:30.

For further information on above events call Vicki at 259-4254 or email at vicandr@mchsi.com

Earth Circle Presents: A Climate Solution We Can All Live With

Eric Enberg, M.D., a Duluth physician and climate advocate will meet with Earth Circle on Saturday, February 18, to share information about the Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL), a non-profit, non-partisan grassroots advocacy organization that is promoting a national policy to address climate change. The proposed climate solution is appealing to many in Congress, both Democrats and Republicans.

The Citizens’ Climate Lobby has been working to build support for a national revenue neutral fee and dividend system that would place a predictable, steadily rising price on carbon with all fees collected returned to households as a monthly energy dividend. Many economists worldwide support this type of system and agree it is the fastest, cheapest, fairest, and most effective first step to reducing climate change.

CCL has helped to establish the House Climate Solutions Caucus, a bipartisan group exploring policy options that address the impact, causes and challenges of our changing climate. They are committed to building the political will for the climate solutions so urgently needed.

Dr. Enberg will be in Grand Rapids on Saturday, 2/18/17 to meet with Earth Circle members at the Grand Rapids Library. There will be a short business meeting at 2, followed by Dr. Enberg’s presentation at 2:30. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. For further information visit www.citizensclimatelobby.org or call Vicki Andrews at 259-4254.

We Support Opposition to Dakota Access Pipeline

On August 15, 2016, at the regular monthly meeting, the group agreed to learn more about the Standing Rock community that is protecting their waters from a potentially hazardous oil pipeline, and to support them.

The oil pipeline is named Dakota Access and this is the description from the corporate website of Energy Transfer [http://www.daplpipelinefacts.com/]:

The Dakota Access Pipeline Project is a new approximate 1,172-mile, 30-inch diameter pipeline that will connect the rapidly expanding Bakken and Three Forks production areas in North Dakota to Patoka, Illinois. The pipeline will enable domestically produced light sweet crude oil from North Dakota to reach major refining markets in a more direct, cost-effective, safer and environmentally responsible manner. The pipeline will also reduce the current use of rail and truck transportation to move Bakken crude oil to major U.S. markets to support domestic demand.

It will transport approximately 470,000 barrels per day with a capacity as high as 570,000 barrels per day or more – which could represent approximately half of Bakken current daily crude oil production. Shippers will be able to access multiple markets, including Midwest and East Coast markets as well as the Gulf Coast via the Nederland, Texas crude oil terminal facility of Sunoco Logistics Partners.

The Standing Rock Indian Reservation is up-to-date at Wikipedia including maps, governance, protest summary, and web links: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standing_Rock_Indian_Reservation. The home page of the community has a clear, easy procedure for giving donations to their cause. The website of Stand Rock has current news, sample letters and contacts to relevant agencies and legislators.

CONTRIBUTE HERE

http://standingrock.org/

SIGN THEIR PETITIONS HERE

https://www.change.org/p/jo-ellen-darcy-stop-the-dakota-access-pipeline

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/stop-construction-dakota-access-pipeline-which-endangers-water-supply-native-american-reservations

Move to Amend is coming to Duluth June 12-13, 2016!

The National Campaign to End Corporate Personhood and Demand Real Democracy!

David Cobb, co-founder of the Move to Amend Coalition, and his partner, Ruthi Engelke, who serves on the Move to Amend Leadership Team, will be touring Minnesota from June 12th through the 18th to help local residents understand how they can work to abolish “Corporate Personhood” and establish a government of, by, and for the people by joining the Move to Amend campaign.

David will be giving his talk “Creating Democracy & Challenging Corporate Rule.” This presentation is part history lesson and part heart-felt call-to-action!

Move to Amend is a national partnership of over 400,000 people and hundreds of organizations whose goal is to amend the U.S. Constitution to end corporate personhood and money as protected speech

All speaking events are free and open to the public. These talks are made possible due to the generous donations of event attendees.

Sunday, June 12, 2016 – 7:00pm
Zeitgeist Theater 222 E Superior St # 324 55802 Duluth, MN.
Join us for a screening of the Move to Amend short documentary “Legalize Democracy” and the Annie Leonard short film “The Story of Citizens United v. FEC” followed by a panel with Move to Amend National Leadership Team Member David Cobb.

Monday, June 13, 2016 – 3:00pm
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Duluth 835 W College St. Duluth, MN 55811

BREAK FREE from Fossil Fuel Event

5 Free Bus Tickets left for BREAK FREE from Fossil Fuel. Sunday, 5/15 Rally – March – Kayactivism- Whiting Refinery on Lake Michigan on Chicago
Save Mother Earth and $110 too!
Break Free

First of all, thank you for your endorsement and efforts to support Break Free Midwest! Community members in Whiting who are leading the action planning are doing amazing work have been continuously expressing their gratitude for the regional support. Mobilizations like this publicly highlight the fabric of the powerful movement we are building together. Thank you.

Wanted to send some updates!

1) Due very generous support from the Lush, we would like to offer up to 5 free bus tickets to each of the partnering organizations! Please let me know if you are interested, and I will get you a code!

2) What you can still help out with this week!
• Recruit to the action!
o Whiting, Indiana (outside of Chicago): https://midwest.breakfree2016.org/
• Amplify on social media!
o Check out all the content here: https://breakfree2016.org/social-media/
o Also, check out regular updates here: https://www.facebook.com/MN350/
• Turn out your staff and volunteers to the closest action.
o Our action still looking for on the ground volunteers to help on the day of. Reach out to individual action organizers to find out when the next volunteer training is for your region.
• Build the Buzzzzzzz
o Let all the coalitions and lists that you’re a part know how you’re a part of Break Free.
o Share content with them and invite them to be involved.
3) Did you know there is a Digital Witness platform for those who can’t make it to the action? On this site you can sign up to live stream any of the Break Free actions and get easy tools for sharing over the worldwide web.

4) Check out the pics below sent from the 350 team. This is a global effort and the efforts so far are courageous and necessary to keep us pointed in the direction of a livable planet.

Such deep gratitude for your partnership. Let me know if you have any questions!

All the best,

Kate