Almost a month into 2011, our work continues to grow! We’ll soon be unveiling our new logos, a revamped, more concise mission statement, and some new events. We’re also exploring a couple potential spaces around town and attending trainings as a collective, including one generously hosted by the Trans Youth Support Network this past weekend.
And of course, we’re fundraising. We eventually plan to sustain our space mostly through a combination of programming and membership dues, and seek to acculumate the equivalent of several months rent before opening. This is where we need your help! If you’re not already one of our dues-paying members, please join them! Your regular contributions now can help sustain us far into the future.
MARS encourages you to attend these three upcoming events from our friends and partners around the Twin Cities.
EXCO Reflection Event –
open house-style with food, a raffle, and spoken word
Friday, January 28th, 6:30pm to 8:30pm
at Project for Pride in Living (1035 E. Franklin Ave at Chicago)
Participants will have the opportunity to visit themed stations to reflect on the previous session, offer up ideas for improvement, and vision for the future. Newcomers to EXCO are also welcome! Stations will be themed on various aspects of EXCO, including the facilitator process, events, publicity, our future mural, and more.
MARS is working towards partnering with EXCO in our future space – so come and share your ideas! Hope to see you there!
The Never Again for Anyone Speaking Tour
An Evening with Hajo Meyer
Tuesday, February 8th, 7PM
John B. Davis Lecture Hall
Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center – Macalaster College
1600 Grand Ave, St. Paul, MN 55105
Donations accepted at the door. No one turned away for lack of funds.
This year international Holocaust Remembrance Day is January 27th. A time for reflection and commitment, please join Dr. Hajo Meyer in hearing about his experience in Auschwitz and the lessons he has learned: Never Again for Anyone.
Dr. Meyer will be joined by Palestianian activist, Osama Abu Irshaid, founder and editor of the newspaper Al Mezan, and Coya White Hat-Artichoker, a Lakota activist for indigenous rights.
Dr. Hajo G. Meyer:
Meyer was born in Bielefeld, Germany, in 1924. In 1939, at the age of 14, he fled alone to Holland to escape the Nazi regime. After the Germans occupied that country, he was captured by the Gestapo in 1944, and survived ten months in Auschwitz. After the war, he studied theoretical physics and became a researcher at Philips Research Laboratories in Eindhoven. He received his Ph.D. in 1956, and in 1974 became managing director of the lab. Retiring in 1984, he became a maker of violins, selling his instruments to professional musicians. He has devoted himself full-time to his work as an activist and essayist.
Sponsored By: American Muslims for Palestine, the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network and the Middle East Children’s Alliance; Endorsed by: Coalition for Palestinian Rights, Middle East Peace Now, Minnesota Break the Bonds Campaign, Women Against Military Madness – Middle East Committee, National Lawyer’s Guild, Jewish Voice for Peace – TC, Opposed to War and Occupation, MARS and more.
Ruth Wilson Gilmore:
“Gender Responsive” Prison Expansion: The Case of California
Friday, February 11, 4 p.m., Cowles Auditorium, University of Minnesota Humphrey Center (West Bank)
How have gendered arguments against the all-purpose use of prison to solve problems backfired? The talk will explore divisions between feminist advocates of people in women’s prisons, and the exploitation of arguments originally developed toward the goal of decarceration. What does abolitionist feminism look like? Small reception afterward.
Ruth Wilson Gilmore is Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the City University of New York Graduate Center. She is the author of Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California (University of California Press, 2007)
Sponsored by the U of M Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies; endorsed by MARS and others.
Our two events earlier this month with the Israeli direct action group Anarchists Against the Wall were a great success! If you missed it, you can watch part of Gal Lugassi’s presentation here: