Weekly Action Alert

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HOW YOU CAN PARTICIPATE IN THE CLIMATE CHANGE MOVEMENT IN THE NEXT WEEKS

We’re Hiring!

MN350 is seeking dedicated, passionate, talented people to join our small and growing staff in the following new positions:

Apply or pass along pass along the job descriptions to your friends! Women, people of color, indigenous people, LGBTQ people encouraged to apply.

 

Skill of the Week

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Furniture for our new office: As our staff and office space expands, we need more tables, chairs, and even a couch – do you have something to donate? Could you look for us on craigslist? Email or send a picture to  Ulla@mn350.org

To find out about other volunteer opportunities at MN350, click here!

Many thanks to Scott, Jamie and Debbie for helping to paint our new office!

Upcoming Events and Trainings!

January - Statewide Caucus Trainings  Caucuses are the local meetings that kick off and hold up our party political system in every district in Minnesota. Join with Our Minnesota Future leaders for caucus trainings across the state to learn what happens at a caucus and how to create new opportunities to take power for our communities. Sign up for a training near you!

Tuesday, January 9 - PUC Meeting  Come wear a sticker to show your support as Enbridge and the other pro-pipeline intervenors request the Commissioners reconsider the Administrative Law Judge’s decision to extend the schedule several months. The extension was granted to allow our side to see the minimally “repaired” EIS 14 days before the parties have to file our final briefs. 9:30 AM at the Public Utilities Commission, 121 7th Place East, St Paul, MN 55101- Room 350

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Monday, January 22 - Change the Story MN350 is starting a book club called  ”Change the Story”. Our first book will be What We Think About (When We Try Not To Think About) Global Warming by Per Espen Stoknes. A trained psychologist and economist, Espen explores the psychological barriers to climate action and how to talk about the problem in ways that create positive solutions and meaningful actions. Join us online or at the MN350 Office2104 Stevens Ave. So. Minneapolis, Monday, January 22 at 6:30 PM. You can start reading now! You can invite friends, reserve books at your local library and start reading groups for this event. RSVP at www.mn350.org/change-the-story

“If you don’t like the ending, change the story ” -Kevin Kling

Wednesday, January 24 - Minnesota Governor Candidate Forum Register now to hear the candidates speak to Our New Environment – Our Air, Land and Water Legacy. Free, but register early at http://mnenviroforum.eventbrite.com using event passcode: MNEnviroForum; space is limited. Registered participants will be able to vote at pigeonhole.at for their favorite questions (passcode MNEnviroForum). Choose voting for climate change and pipeline questions! Sponsored by 14 groups, including MN350 and the Minnesota Environmental Partnership. 6:30-9:30 at the Anne Simley Theatre at Hamline University, 1530 Taylor Ave in St Paul with satellite viewing around the state – register for a “remote ticket” if you cannot be in St Paul.  You can also host a remote satellite viewing - check out the guide hereForum from 6:30-8:30 PM, stay and mingle from 8:30-9:30 PM.

MN350 Campaign Teams – Real Organizing for Real Change

Pipeline Resistance Team - The hearings for the new proposed heavy tar sands Line 3 have concluded, but the resistance continues! Our water, climate, wild rice lakes and vibrant communities in northern Minnesota are worth protecting. Join the resistance to new fossil fuel infrastructure right here, in Minnesota! The next team meeting will be Thursday, January 11, 6:30-8:30 PM at 2104 Stevens Ave SMpls 55404. Contact Kathy@mn350.org or Andy@mn350.org for more info.

Policy Action Team (PAT)  -  MN350 continues to speak truth about climate change at the Capitol, and stands for clean energy, energy efficiency initiatives, and an “adequate” (complete) Environmental Impact Statement for crude oil pipelines. We’re holding our legislators accountable to climate justice and we need your help! The next team meeting is Wednesday, January 10 at 7 PM at 2104 Stevens Ave S.Contact Lois@mn350.org for more info.

ECO (Education, Communication and Outreach) Team - Join a dynamic team as we take on creative and innovative projects to inspire community members to take action and join the climate justice movement! Our next meeting is Monday, January 8 at 6:30 PM at the MN350 office, 2104 Stevens Ave, Minneapolis. Contact Brian@mn350.org if interested in joining in!

Corporate Accountability Team - Join us at our next meeting kick off the new year looking at how MN350 is going to show up powerfully as we hold corporations and corporate leaders in our state accountable to their commitments to climate action. Our next meeting is TBD at the MN350 office, 2104 Stevens Ave, Minneapolis. Contact Kate@mn350.org.

 

Other Important Events this Week!

Saturday, January 6th U.S. Senator Tina Smith will be in the Twin Cities for the first time since being sworn in to the United States Senate to take part in a community reception. The event will include members of the area’s business and labor communities, as well as local public officials, and is free and open to the public. Lake Monster Brewing Company, 550 Vandalia Street #160 Saint Paul, MN from5:30pm – 7:00pm. There will be a brief program beginning at 6 P.M. All are welcome and encouraged to invite friends, family and colleagues. Register here. For more information about this event, contact Charles Sutton at Charles_sutton@smith.senate.gov.

Thursday, January, 18 – Next Steps on Deep Climate Action: How Can Minnesota Lead? J Drake Hamilton will speak at Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Ave S, Mpls 55403 7-8:45 PM Sponsored by CGS-MN, MN Alliance of Peacemakers, and the UN Association, MN.

February 6 and 8 - An Intro to Climate Science for Minnesotans  A two day evening class with atmospheric scientist Dr. Sam Potter, covering the basics of climate science and the impacts on Minnesota. Intended for a general audience, but registration is required. $30 fee, Adults only, 12 seats remaining. 6-8:30 PM in East Bethel, MN.

Thursday, February 15 - Support the Valve Turners Necessity Defense The decision by Judge Robert Tiffany to allow the necessity defense in the Minnesota Valve Turner case was appealed. We have an opportunity to support the defense by attending the  oral argument on February 15th at 11AM at the Minnesota Court of Appeals in St Paul, 25 Rev Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Here is more information regarding the valve turner case and the necessity ruling.

Minneapolis Resilience Survey - We encourage Minneapolis residents to respond to this online survey by Jan. 19 from the office of Kate Knuth, the city of Minneapolis’ new resilience officer.

“The City of Minneapolis is developing a resilience strategy to better prepare for, withstand and bounce back from today’s biggest challenges such as housing challenges, aging infrastructure, natural disasters, racial inequities and a changing climate. Part of developing the strategy involves understanding the challenges Minneapolis faces, both as shocks and ongoing stresses. Residents are encouraged to weigh in by taking a new survey. The survey is part of Minneapolis’ resilience scan, the first stage of developing a resilience strategy that also includes community engagement and research. This scan will give staff and community members a better understanding of the City’s current state of resilience. The results of the survey and other research will help frame the focus of the next phase of strategy development, which will happen in 2018.The survey is available online through Jan. 19, 2018 in four languages.”