Minutes for Indivisible Morris
April 5, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Presenting: Judy Flicker, Ann Borman
Ann welcomes group. Asks that we acknowledge and celebrate our success in defeating the Republican attempt in Congress to repeal the ACA.
Diane Nelson: According to Fargo radio Colin Peterson would like White House to exempt MN out of ACA. Diane says that there is a Peterson townhall in Wilmar and Moorhead. Here is link: http://www.valleynewslive.com/content/misc/Rep-Collin-Peterson-asks-the-White-House-to-exempt-MN-from-the-Affordable-Care-Act-418282033.html
Judy: Peterson is a weak link that we need to keep pressure on.
Ann: There are several ways to keep up with Indivisible Morris besides Facebook. Indivisible Morris Facebook Judy and KK (Kristin Lamberty) have created a MailChimp email list that can send Calls to Action to members (82 so far). You can subscribe or unsubscribe. There is an Indivisible Morris WordPress Blog. Indivisible Morris WordPress Blog Calls to Action posted there remain uncluttered with other conversations as sometimes happens on the Indivisible Morris Facebook page. Indivisible Morris also has a Twitter account. @IndivisiMorris
Judy: Colin Peterson will be in Redwood Falls April 11 with a Farm Bill focus.
Drew Israels-Swenson: March for Science is Saturday, April 22nd at 12:30pm. This march will coincide with UMM’s undergraduate research presentations –which is a good pairing. Marching for non-partisan science and facts. The film, Before the Flood, will be screened at the Morris Theatre and different campus clubs will be there – many will have overlapping agendas with Indivisible Morris. Make signs and wear brain hats.
KK: Contact me if you have tech ideas. Mail Chimp to Facebook etc.
Tara (from Glenwood Indivisible): Glenwood/West Central Indivisible hosting a Tax March at 10am on April 15th beginning at the Court House. Tax postcards can be sent to White House.
Drew: If you feel we aren’t doing anything, do something. Do a Call to Action!
Ann: Fall back option: go to https://www.indivisibleguide.com/ for direction.
Windy Roberts: Share posts to yourself so you don’t forget.
Ann: Reach out to others, partner with DFL, Better Angels etc…
Gary Wahl: I heard a podcast on NPR Indivisible about a campaign called “Better Angels” that hopes to reduce polarization and recover the practices of compromise. http://better-angels.org/ Gary would like to look closer at this model with interested people.
Diane: DFL is doing something similar to better angels.
Mary Myers: There is training in Alexandria for “Active Listening” and I will be going tomorrow (Thursday 6). This will include training on canvassing and door knocking at a different city in a different county each month.
Andrea Pavlicek: The Day of Silence is at the high school on April 21. Last year’s “Loud and Proud” opposition is now renamed “Straight Forward”. We would like people to show support for the GSA by calling the administration.
Ann: I spoke to the superintendent and he is very open to community support of the GSA.
Andrea: Please call the superintendent more than once. Parents (parents that do not support the GSA) send kids home because of the Day of Silence.
Next Meeting: TBA
Time to break into small groups:
- Town Hall with Colin Peterson
- Morris Area High School Day of Silence
- MN Legislature Actions
(Submitted by Anne Hennen Barber and Judy Flicker)