Dispatches from the Desert: Militarization and Resistance in the U.S.-Mexico Border Zone

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A presentation by Hadley Pope and Sophie Smith of No More Deaths and People Helping People in the Border Zone
Thursday January 29th 6:30pm
Over the last twenty years, the rural desert regions of the U.S.-Mexico border have seen a massive build-up of border security infrastructure and personnel. Due to this increase in enforcement, untold thousands of migrants from the Americas have lost their lives while attempting to enter the U.S. interior through treacherous desert lands. At this event, two community activists and desert aid workers will present background on the contemporary policing of the U.S.-Mexico border and discuss current efforts to provide direct aid to migrants and to organize rural border communities against the border security establishment. Come learn more about militarization, resistance, and humanitarian aid on the border.
For more info on these groups: nomoredeaths.org/en  &  phparivaca.org

Minnehaha Free Space Friday Dinner and Discussion Series


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Introducing a wintertime Friday night dinner and discussion series at the Minnehaha Free Space, where you can share delicious food and stimulating conversation with local folks working on a range of issues and projects!

Here’s the first batch:

January 30: Male privilege 101 (with Jeremy and Banji)

February 6: Confronting trans* exclusionary feminism (with Sarah)

February 13: Labor struggles of cleaning and health care workers (with Bob/CTUL)

February 20: Jewish movements for racial justice (with Ilana)

February 27: Creating an inclusive music scene (with the Not So Macho music collective)

Disability accommodations and childcare are available upon request. Please call or email ahead so we can make arrangements!

612-729-3733 or email radspacetc@riseup.net

Open Mic on 2nd and 4th Thursdays

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Starting January 8th, there will be an open mic every other Thursday

Sign-ups and hanging out starts at 6:30
Open mic from 7-10
All forms of expression are welcome (songs, poetry, storytelling, rants, etc.)
hosted by the Not So Macho Music Collective!

What’s the Not So Macho Music Collective? You may ask.

Here’s a description:
We aim to create a network of people interested in fostering a music community that is available to everybody and especially for those who would need to fight to make a place for themselves within the music scene at large. We hope to create noncompetitive and nonhierarchical spaces where folks can feel supported to speak truth to power and talk about uncomfortable experiences.

We believe that….
-anyone can play music
-everyone deserves to be heard
-talent and skill shouldn’t be prerequisites for artistic expression
-you don’t have to be professional to be valid

In connecting to us via the listserv or on facebook, you can expect to be invited to events such as open mics, jam nights, and concerts. You can use it to connect with other musicians to collaborate with and find rad instrument instructors. AND you can use it to promote your own events.

We are based in the Twin Cities.

Craft Fair & Bake Sale Saturday December 13

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Join us at the Minnehaha Free Space on Saturday, December 13th from 1-5pm for a craft fair and fresh (vegan) baked goods!

We’ll have Fiber Arts, Jewelry, Prints, Patches, Tinctures, Teas & Much More! A portion of the proceeds from craft sales will be donated to the Free Space. There will also be a MARS Collective craft table–all proceeds of which will go to the space. If you are interested in selling crafts, please contact us by December 8th at radspacetc(at)riseup.net

Invite your friends far and wide! Come check it out for some holiday gifts!

https://www.facebook.com/events/825276747494980/

NO HONOR IN RACISM — Support the Rally Against Racist Mascots Nov. 2

From the National Coalition Against Racism in Sports and Media:

112_186_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_png_srz“NO HONOR IN RACISM
HONOR OUR CHILDREN
HONOR OUR ELDERS
HONOR OUR CULTURE

WE ARE NOT MASCOTS
We are the people who lived free and strong in the Americas until our land was taken from us, our people persecuted and murdered, and our children denied access to their families, elders, and culture. We are known as American Indians, Native Americans, First Peoples, or Indigenous Peoples. We continue to experience the trauma of your ways and your culture, and we continue to believe that our ways, being one with the earth and nature, sustainability, and resilience, should help lead us all toward a better world…

Mascots harm how we are perceived. Mascots harm the self-concept of our children. Mascots harm our integration into your culture. Mascots harm our futures. This is not about offense. This is about protecting our Peoples from harm. This is about demanding that the laws for equality and against discrimination are enforced for us, not just them…

Our nation must deny the institutional racism of sports mascots that leads many people to believe that these mascots are harmless. We are NOT mascots…

Join us as we strive for equality and justice. Tell the University of Minnesota and your public officials that you want them to enforce the laws of this land and end the outrage and harm of mascots.

Please join us at the Tribal Nations Plaza
TCF Stadium, U of M Campus
November 2, 2014 at 10 AM”

For more info:

coalitionagainstracism.org

facebook.com/ncarsm

Event: facebook.com/events/716930818362268/