Livestream: North Minneapolis City Council Candidate Forum

Ward 4 candidates participating are Phillipe Cunningham, Stephanie Gasca, Marcus Harcus, Barb Johnson, and Phillip Murphy.

Ward 5 candidates participating are Jeremiah Ellison and Raeisha Williams.


How We’re Building the Movement Against Trump in Minnesota

It’s 6:23pm on February 1st and we’re walking up the slippery steps of a house that’s unfamiliar in a part of St. Paul I’ve never been to. The house is warm, there are drinks, and there is light conversation among attendees. Laughter rings throughout the house as friends and family come together during the middle of the week.

We ground our guests in the history of resistance, and ask our audience what resistance means to them. Maggie Smith, a friend of our host that night, says for her resistance is having that difficult conversation with the family member who voted for Trump. By the end of our evening the room is abuzz with people eager to organize and assist in any way they can. “I feel like a lot of the people in that room had never really been inspired to take any kind of action, or have taken minimal action. We all walked away with a sense of purpose, direction, and inspiration,” says Maggie.

In 2017 NOC is taking a new approach to movement building. With the launch of our Resist Revolt Unite campaign, NOC is taking an active stance to protect Black and Brown communities under Trump’s fascist rule. We’re bringing conversations into the comfort of people’s homes in a setting where they otherwise wouldn’t have taken place.   

By bringing neighbors and friends together in their homes to make organizing more accessible, we can build organizing hubs throughout the state where local communities can build resistance against hateful policies; revolt by working to create the change we need, and pledging to disobey unjust laws; and unite in radical hospitality. 

We chose February 1 to launch to kick off Black History Month with 20 house parties all around the metro area -- and we've got many more planned!

You can sign up to host your own house party and build the resistance at www.mnnoc.org/resist.


The Beginning of the Resistance

Tens of thousands of people all over the nation flooded their airports against Trump's ban on Muslims this weekend which led to a temporary judicial order that blocked Trump's executive order. One of the people detained was a five year old boy from Iran at Dulles airport where his mother was waiting for his arrival. After many hours he was let go. Even in the face of insurmountable odds, when we fight against Trump we can win. 

Another way we can resist against Trump's fascism and win is by holding our senators accountable to resist the confirmation of Trump's fascist cabinet nominees. Because of your calls, Senators Franken and Klobuchar have publicly announced they will NOT be voting for Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions, Secretary of Education nominee Betsy DeVos, and Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson. But those are only three out of over a dozen corrupt and unqualified nominees that Trump has picked that we don’t want want as cabinet members.

We're calling our senators to vote NO on these extremist nominees for several reasons: to block their appointments; to show that we will stand up to white supremacy, misogyny, privatization, environmental destruction, and xenophobia at every turn; and to hold our senators accountable for doing the same. We’re calling our senators because it works -- and because it's easy.

 

Senator Franken sits on committee that will hear this nominee and is UNDECIDED. Call him to vote NO at (202)-224-5641.

  • Andy Puzder, Secretary of Labor

    • He's against an increase to the national minimum wage, paid-sick leave policies, and the Obama Administrations recent rule on expanding overtime pay

    • As CEO of CKE, 60% of Puzder's restaurants have violated labor laws. 

Senator Klobuchar sits on the committee that will hear this nominee and is UNDECIDED. Call her to vote NO at (202)-224-3244.

  • Wilbur Ross, Secretary of Commerce
    • On Wilbur Ross’s watch, 12 miners lost their lives because of safety failures at one of his company’s mines and he’s paid out millions in penalties for breaking the law.

    • Ross is a Wall Street billionaire who made his money as a “vulture investor,” and has sent thousands of jobs overseas.

 

These nominees will go to the full Senate. Call BOTH your senators to vote NO.

  • Rick Perry, Secretary of Energy

    • Rick Perry has said he wants to eliminate the department of energy which is in charge of nuclear weapons!

    • Denies climate change

      • Senator Franken voted no on Perry in committee, but now he goes to the full Senate. Senator Klobuchar has not said how she will vote.
  • Ryan Zinke, Secretary of Interior

    • Critic of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

    • Pro-building of pipelines

      • Senator Franken voted no on Zinke in committee, but now he goes to the full Senate. Senator Klobuchar has not said how she will vote.
  • Steve Mnuchin, Secretary of Treasury

    • Made millions from foreclosing on families during the recession and the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

    • He plans to lower taxes on the rich and increase it on the working class.
      • Senator Klobuchar will vote NO on Mnuchin. Senator Franken is undecided.

 

Both Minnesota senators will be voting NO on these nominees. If you don't live in Minnesota call your Senators to vote no on the following cabinet nominees:

  • Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education

    • DeVos has no experience in teaching or in running a school

    • DeVos destroyed the state public education in Michigan

    • DeVos is a billionaire who wants to establish for-profit school

  • Jeff Sessions, Attorney General

    • Jeff Sessions' white supremacy makes him fundamentally unfit for Attorney General.
    • Believes that the Voting Rights Act is “a piece of intrusive legislation” and supports Voter IDs.

These nominees have already been confirmed:

  • Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State
    • Made millions as ExxonMobil CEO by damaging our environment for oil profits.
    • Funded climate change deniers
      • Both Franken and Klobuchar voted no.

 

Don't forget to thank your Senators for their time! 

Text RESIST to +1(651) 318-3281 to get more updates from NOC. 


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