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

Environmental Issue of Common Sense II

Enjoy reading April’s edition.
Page 1
Environmental Changes by Bob Passi,
Page 2
Doomsday clock is Still Ticking by Vicki Andrews,
The Lesson of Weeds by Valerie Conner
Page 3-4
Climate Change Politics Strategy in the New Political Landscape by Dr. Patrick C. West
Page 4
Attend Democracy Conference in Mpls, Calendar of Events
Page 5
Draining the Swamp by Valerie Conner,
Environmental Answers???? By Barb Anderson

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

Live Event at Grand Rapids Public Library Sponsored by Earth Circle: A Solo Kayak Voyage Down the Mississppi

Earth Circle Presents Paddle On!
A Voyage Down the Mississippi River
Alyssum Pohl’s presentation on
Tuesday, 8/9/16, at 7 p.m.
in the Community Meeting Room at
the Grand Rapids Library.

A visitor to the Grand Rapids area has a story to tell about her recent kayak trip down the Mississippi River. Alyssum Pohl paddled solo from Lake Itasca, the source of the Mississippi, to the Gulf of Mexico, documenting plastic waste and water quality along the way.

Prior to her latest adventure, Pohl worked for several years for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, where she studied the changes in the ocean due to climate change and plastic pollution.

* Learn more about plastic waste in our oceans and waterways and the difference you can make;
* Hear her seven top take-away lessons,
* Enjoy the sights she saw and laugh along with her stories of adventure, trials and tribulations.

This is an inspiring story of fortitude and pluck that you won’t want to miss!

Earth Circle will sponsor Pohl’s presentation on Tuesday, 8/9/16, at 7 p.m. in the Community Meeting Room at the Grand Rapids Library. This event is free and open to all.

A free will donation will be taken to support Pohl’s further research.

Update: Marcell Climate Change Tour July 19 @ 10 am

UPDATE: Twelve people attended the tour: Val and her family, Karen & granddaughter, Tom, Bill, Jeanne, Linda, Barb, and Vicki. Scientist Paul Hanson from Oak Ridge National Laboratory of USA Department of Energy, gave an outside tour, and an office tour. We received this handout: SPRUCE handout

SCIENTIST PAUL HANSON
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Tour of Climate Change Study in Marcell Experimental Forest
Tuesday July 19, 2016 beginning at 10 am

S P R U C E
Spruce and Peatland Responses Under Climate and Environmental Change Experiment

WHAT: An unprecedented global warming experiment in northern Minnesota located within the Marcell Experimental Forest that measures how peat land ecosystems respond to changing temperatures.

WHERE: Google map “One Spring Lake Road, Bovey, MN” which is 2.8 miles from the Marcell Research Center. It will take 40 minutes to drive from the DFL Headquarters where carpooling begins (leaving at 9 am).

WHO: Researcher Paul Hanson with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory will guide the 1 – 1.5 hour tour of a group limited to twenty (20).

MORE INFO: http://mnspruce.ornl.gov AND http://www.nrs.fs.fed.us/disturbance/climate_change/spruce/

RSVP TO dfltroutlake@gmail.com OR 245-2057
Group limited to 20

Download flier: SPRUCE tour