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Indivisible Morris Meeting: The Morris Model

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Indivisible Morris Member Meeting
Thursday, June 6, 2019
6:30 pm: Social Networking                        7:00-8:30 pm: Program
Stone’s Throw Cafe; 506 Atlantic Ave, Morris, MN 56267

Indivisible Morris members have consistently listed the environment as a top priority. Now you have a chance to support local efforts to promote greater sustainability and climate protection. On Thursday, June 6, 2019, Indivisible Morris will hold a member meeting that will focus on environmental protection.

Morris City Manager, Blaine Hill, will explicate efforts made by the Morris community to be “nationally recognized as an innovation leader in energy, transportation, and waste reduction and recycling.” The City of Morris is one of five communities across the state that is participating in the Climate Smart Municipalities (CSM) program through the University of Minnesota. Morris is partnered with Saerbeck, Germany. A small, rural community like Morris, Saerbeck is a leader in renewable energy and energy efficiency and was the first winner of the prestigious European Energy Prize. The City of Morris, UMM, Stevens County, SCMC, the public school system, and area businesses are all involved in this effort which has been labeled the Morris Model. The discussion will include concrete steps citizens can take to support the initiative and positively impact the environment.

This is your opportunity to ask questions, seek clarification, and take action.

There will also be break-out groups on other topics, including follow-up with the hiring of the new Morris Area School Superintendent.

Thank you for taking action.

Your Indivisible Morris Team

“Whose House? Our House!” Event; Thursday, January 3, 2019.

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Let’s make some noise!

January 3 is the first day of the 116th Congress. Democrats will use the first 100 days to communicate what they are for and what they will deliver if they fully take back power in 2020. And because of the power Indivisible has built, we’ve got an opportunity to influence that agenda. To do so, we need to flex our movement muscle and make our voice loud and clear from the very beginning. That is why groups all over the country are organizing “Whose House? Our House!” events on January 3. Indivisible Morris is hosting one, too!

“Whose House? Our House!”
Stone’s Throw Cafe, 506 Atlantic Ave, Morris, Minnesota 56267
January 3, 7:00 to 8:30 pm.

Come help us make some noise in Morris! BRING A FRIEND! We’ll let you know more about a robust democracy reform bill (H.R. 1) expected to be the first major legislative effort in a Democratically-controlled House.

Then we’ll provide some easy, creative ways for you to tell Congressman Collin Peterson: We are here, we are paying attention, and we will hold you accountable for what you do. And what we want you to do is to help pass the biggest, boldest, most progressive reform package possible. No watering it down. No breaking it up.

We’ll let Peterson know that, during the next 2 years, we expect him to prioritize 1) undoing the damage done by the Trump Administration and 2) creating institutions in which we are all represented, included, and protected.

We are not a moment. We are a MOVEMENT. We will speak out in a loud, coordinated and powerful voice on January 3rd.

Thank you for taking action,

Your Indivisible Morris Team
 

Indivisible Morris Member Meeting

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Wednesday, September 19 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

 

Stone’s Throw Café (Event Room)

506 Atlantic Ave, Morris, Minnesota 56267

 

We invite all Indivisible Morris Members to attend a meeting focused on the upcoming state and local elections. Candidates running for Mayor and Morris Area School Board will be invited to share their visions for Morris. You will have the opportunity to meet and talk with Murray Smart, DFL candidate for Minnesota House 12A.

We will share volunteer opportunities for phone banking, door knocking, and other means of supporting progressive candidates as we approach the Midterm Elections. Time is flying by! If we want to see positive change at every level of government, we need to act NOW! Please join us. Bring your energy, ideas, questions, and priorities. And maybe a friend or two!

We’ll even have some delicious Stone’s Throw appetizers to share.

Thank you for taking action,

Your Indivisible Morris Team

Call to Action

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Call your Senators and tell them to oppose any Supreme Court nominee.

Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement sets up a monumental shift in the balance of the Supreme Court. Kennedy was often (but not always) a moderating force on the Court, and was key to many instrumental decisions on issues that affect us all. If Trump successfully installs an extreme justice to fill that seat, the Court will rubber stamp the Trump agenda for a generation to come. We don’t need to wait to hear who the nominee is—Trump has already put out a list he will choose from, and the entire list is unacceptable.

THE HARD TRUTH: THERE IS NO PROCEDURAL TOOL TO STOP

The last time there was a vacancy on the Supreme Court, it was after Justice Scalia passed away and Mitch McConnell used an unprecedented level of obstruction to keep President Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, from so much as having a hearing in the Senate. This kept the seat vacant for over a year, until Trump became president and nominated Neil Gorsuch.

Up until that point, Senate rules required Supreme Court nominees to get 60 votes to be confirmed to the bench. But McConnell didn’t have 60 votes—so he changed the rules, using the so-called “nuclear option,” so that nominees required only a majority. That is still the Senate’s rule today. And because there are currently 51 Republican Senators, that means they have the votes to confirm Trump’s nominee. Unless we stop them.

The only way we can defeat Trump’s nominee is to:

  1. Get to 51 votes. To start, we need 49 “no” votes from EVERY SINGLE SENATE DEMOCRAT to have a fighting chance.

Tell Senators Klobuchar and Smith to commit immediately to opposing anyone that Trump nominates from his short list. Each and every pick on that list is an extremist who would dismantle our health care and the right to choose. Both Senators have already called for the Republican majority to wait to fill the vacancy until after the November election, but it is important to let them know you are with them on this issue. Thank them for standing strong and let them know that you consider opposition to be patriotism, not obstructionism.

CALL SCRIPT FOR ALL DEMOCRATIC SENATORS:

Caller: Hello! My name is ___ and I’m calling from [part of state]. Can you please tell me what Senator ___ plans to do about the Supreme Court vacancy?

Staffer: Hello, nice to talk with you! The Senator plans to vote against Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. The stakes are too high.

Caller: Thank you! I’m very glad to hear that. Too much hangs in the balance to let Trump fill this seat with someone from his list of totally unqualified, extreme judges. That includes a woman’s right to choose, the Affordable Care Act, and marriage equality. I want Senator ___ to use every tool at his/her disposal to stop Trump from filling this vacancy with anyone on this list.

Staffer: Thank you, the Senator agrees with you. I’ll make sure they get your message.

PLEASE MAKE THE CALL NOW.

Senator Klobuchar: (202) 224-3244

Senator Tina Smith: (202) 224-5641

 

(Then stay tuned for Step 2…)

Follow-up to Westrom/Backer Town Hall

At least 17 Indivisible Morris members attended the Westrom/Backer Town Hall meeting this past Friday. Thank you to everyone who showed up and to everyone who spoke out!

Whether you were in attendance or not, there’s something more you can do. Contact Representative Backer and Senator Westrom. We urge everyone to follow up Friday’s Town Hall with additional comments or questions. If you couldn’t be there or if you didn’t have an opportunity to address an issue, ask for another Town Hall soon. Feel free to use the Talking Points assembled prior to the meeting and available here: 2018 townhall materials.

In response to questions about meaningful gun reform legislation, Westrom and Backer consistently answered in ways that were incredibly evasive and frustrating. They refused to directly address the issue and tried to turn the discussion to video games, mental health and pornography.  Sara Lam shared the following email that she sent to Westrom and Backer as follow-up to that issue:

Hello Representative Backer and Senator Westrom,

Thank you for visiting Morris today. I would like to follow up on the conversation we had at the town hall.

1. Evidence about states with expanded background check requirements
This article provides a good overview of the research on various gun safety measure, and provides links or citations to the original studies so that you can verify their credibility. A summary about background checks:

On average, states with expanded background check requirements had 35% fewer gun deaths per capita than states without those requirements. Those states also have 53% fewer firearm suicides, and 31% fewer suicides overall (showing that the decrease in firearm suicides was not just compensated for by suicides by other means).
One survey of state prison inmates convicted of offenses committed with guns in 13 states found that only 13 percent obtained their guns from a private seller that had to conduct a background check.

2. Current background check requirements in MN

Every source of information I have seen says that private gun sales in MN do not require background checks, with the exception of some specific types of guns. I looked at a variety of types of sources to avoid bias. Here are some examples.

http://consumer.findlaw.com/…/private-gun-sale-laws-by-stat…
http://www.startribune.com/what-you-need-to-know-about-m…/…/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_laws_in_Minnesota
http://www.governing.com/…/gun-show-firearms-bankground-che…

Please show me where I can find the law that requires universal background checks for every gun sale regardless of whether it is through a federally licensed dealer.

Best regards,
Sara Lam

It takes only a few minutes to let our elected officials know that we are paying attention to what they say and do. Please call or write now.

Thank you for taking action,

Your Indivisible Morris Team

 

To help you take action, here is the contact information for our representatives:


Representative Jeff Backer (R) District 12A

593 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155
651-296-4929

Email: rep.jeff.backer@house.mn
Join my email updates list for announcements.

Legislative Assistant: Ryan Liebl 651-296-4141

Senator Torrey Westrom (R) District 12

image star red Capitol Office
95 University Avenue W.
Minnesota Senate Bldg., Room 3201
St. Paul, MN 55155
(651) 296-3826
sen.torrey.westrom@senate.mn

Westrom/ Becker Town Hall Meeting

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Representative Jeff Backer and Senator Torrey Westrom will be visiting Morris for a town hall meeting this Friday March 23 from 11:15 am to noon at the Morris Public Library. Both of them are on agriculture policy committees, and Backer has authored two bills preventing state agencies from taking action against dust emission from temporary grain storage bins and from creating water resource protection requirements. http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/members/pressrelease.asp?pressid=32710&party=2&memid=15428

If you have any questions/talking points about these environmental issues, please contribute them by contacting Sara Lam at saraglam@gmail.com. They will be compiled and made available as hard copies to people attending the town hall who would like to make comments or ask questions of Backer and Westrom.

In the wake of the deadly school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14, 2018, people across the country have risen up to demand that Congress stand up to the NRA on gun safety. The students of Parkland and other youth leaders have unapologetically demanded that their Members of Congress (MoCs) protect them from the uniquely American epidemic of mass shootings. Indivisible Morris is committed to changing our gun safety laws and protecting our country’s students, both at the state and federal level.

According to the Twin Cities Pioneer Press, “Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton will focus on improving school security and access to mental health services to keep students safe after saying Wednesday that gun control measures he continues to push are unlikely to pass the Republican-led Legislature.” https://www.twincities.com/2018/03/07/dayton-offers-21-million-plan-to-enhance-school-safety/

Let’s ask Republicans Backer and Westrom WHY they are unwilling to support reasonable gun safety measures such as the ones Florida recently passed.

If you have any questions/talking points about gun safety, please contribute them to Sara Lam at saraglam@gmail.com. They will be compiled and made available as hard copies to people attending the town hall who would like to make comments or ask questions.

Even if you don’t want to ask a formulated question, simply SHOW UP to support those who do. Numbers talk!

Also our partners at Indivisible DFL MN CD-7 have organized 2 additional events for Saturday, March 24th in Starbuck, MN. Join them if you can! Details below:

9:45am:   Meet at Starbuck Community Center (307 E 5th St, Starbuck, MN 56381) for Town Hall Meeting

10:00am:  Town Hall at Community Center with Paul Anderson-R  (12-B), Jeff Backer-R (12-A), Torrey Westrom-R (SD 12) until 10:45am

11:00am:  March For Our Lives (staging begins at 10:30am in VFW Parking Lot, 212 E 6th St, Starbuck, MN 56381)