The Year of Trump – Common Sense II

2018 01 Common Sense

Enjoy the first issue for 2018.
Page 1
The Second Coming – William Butler Yeats
Not Our Grandfather’s Democracy by Valerie Conner

Page 2
What in the World is Next? By Barb Anderson

Page 3
It is Not Child’s Play by Valerie Conner
Events and Resources of Interest

Page 4
A Year of Trump: How Much More Can We Take? By Vicki Andrews
Calendar of Events

Page 5
2017: An American Watershed by Bob Passi

Common Sense II Sums It Up

This issue of Common Sense II ends 2017 and welcomes 2018. Here is the contents:
Page 1
The Missing Conversation on Tax Changes by Jack Pick

Page 2
Healthcare’s Connection to All Parts of Our Lives by Barb Anderson
Investing in Democracy By Bob Passi

Page 3
Democracy First: Rebuilding Our Heritage by Bob Passi

Page 4
Cultural Change by Valerie Conner
Calendar of Events

Page 5
Just Imagine: A World Based on Caring for the Earth and One Another by Vicki Andrews

Page 6
The Dignity of Minimum Wage by Valerie Conner
A Holiday Message by Bob Passi
Winding Down 2017 by Valerie Conner

INDIGENOUS PEOPLE’S DAY Grand Rapids Events


ESSAY CONTEST ABOUT SANDY LAKE TRAGEDY OF 1850 – grades 6 through Adults
DEADLINE: OCTOBER 20
Sandy Lake Tragedy of 1850 Essay Contest is open for Grand Rapids students and residents (3 age groups: grades 6 -9, grades 10-12, ages 18 and over), must address the question “How does knowing about the Big Sandy Lake Tragedy impact my life today?” , and must utilize the What Treaties Matter Educator Guide [http://treatiesmatter.org/exhibit/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Treaty-Economy.pdf]

THROUGHOUT OCTOBER @ MACROSTIE
ART EXHIBIT BY OJIBWA ARTIST GORDON COONS

October – MacRostie Art Center – Features Gordon Coons, who paints in an Ojibwa woodland art style combining Ojibwa petroglyphs and images and stories from birch bark scrolls. Coons is an enrolled member of the Lac Courte Oreilles Tribe of northern Wisconsin.

OCT 6, FRIDAY 4-7 PM @ YMCA
WHY TREATIES MATTER EXHIBITION WITH CIRCLES OF HEALING

Friday, Oct. 6, 4 – 7 p.m. – The inaugural First Friday Art Walk at the YMCA features the award winning Why Treaties Matter Exhibition. Circle of Healing members will be on-hand to answer questions. Refreshments provided by the YMCA.

OCT. 9, MONDAY 7 pm @ GR LIBRARY
OFFICIAL PRONOUNCEMENT & ORIGINAL RESEARCH

“Everyone is invited to the City’s official celebration on Monday, Oct. 9, 7 p.m. at the Grand Rapids Area Library,” said Melissa Weidendorf, chair of the Grand Rapids Human Rights Commission. “In addition to a reading of the resolution by Mayor Adams, Commissioner Karen Noyce will present her original research about the Grand Rapids area, including Pokegama Lake.”. Refreshments provided by Friends of the Library.
Program:
• Welcome – Human Rights Commission Chair Melissa Weidendorf
• Reading of resolution – Mayor Dale Adams
• Sandy Lake Tragedy of 1850 Essay Contest – Commissioner Jess Hartshorn
• “Pokegama, Gichiziibi, and Namegosi: retrieving a neglected history of place” presentation by Commissioner Karen Noyce. In reconstructing a map of the local landscape as it was in the mid-to-late 1800s, and tying historic events to the context of place, Karen stitches together some of these neglected historic threads.

OCT. 10, TUESDAY 6:30 – 7:30 pm @ YMCA
PRESENTATION BY MN INDIAN AFFAIRS COUNCIL

“Tribes, Connections and Treaties” Presentation with Jim L. Jones Jr., Cultural Resource Director for the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council. Jim’s talk explores how treaties affect land and lifeways and will include the traditional cultural properties in our area.

OCT. 11, WEDNESDAY 4 – 7 p.m. @ Timberlake Lodge
TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS NETWORKING EVENT

Stop by the Circle of Healing booth to learn about the 1855 treaty that made way for the City of Grand Rapids to exist – and why this supreme law of the land is everyone’s treaty today.

OCT. 13, FRIDAY 5:30 – 8 pm @ CENTRAL SQUARE MALL
REEL INJUN: ON THE TRAIL OF THE HOLLYWOOD INDIAN

Screening of the award-winning film, Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian. Cree Filmmaker Neil Diamond looks at the Hollywood Indian, exploring the portrayal of North American Natives through a century of cinema. Reel Injun looks at how the myth of “the Injun” has influenced the world’s understanding — and misunderstanding — of Natives. Pizza and refreshments served.

OCT. 20, Friday: Essay Contest Deadline
Sandy Lake Tragedy of 1850 Essay Contest submissions due. Email to ipdessaycontest@gmail.com or mailed/delivered to Grand Rapids City Hall C/O Michele Palkki, 420 North Pokegama Ave., Grand Rapids, MN, 55744

Nov. 13, Monday 5 p.m. @ Grand Rapids City Hall – Sandy Lake Tragedy of 1850 Essay Contest winners announced at the City Council Meeting.

Climate For Change Issue of Common Sense II

Enjoy reading the latest issue–Climate For Change–of Common Sense II
Page 1
“Extreme Storms Explained” by Eric Grimsrud
“The Environment” by Bob Passi
Page 2
“Solita, Daughter of the Sun, Visits the Earth – A Fable for Our Time” by Vicki Andrews
Page 3 Calendar of Events
Page 4
“The Environment For All Healthcare?” By Barb Anderson
“Penny Poll at the Fair”
Page 5
“Democracy Convention 2017” by Vicki Andrews
“Ghosts or Not?” by Valerie Conner

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

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