May 30, 2018

Wave elections don't just happen, and if we want a Blue Wave in 2018 it's looking like we're each going to have to swim like heck for it. Trump lost by 1% here and the GOP is licking its chops and targeting Minnesota heavily (already having high-profile fundraisers with visits from Pence and others) because we have elections for so many seats – everything from Governor to our House of Reps to our constitutional officers. People are calling Minnesota ground zero for the Blue Wave; in other words, it's all hands on deck time. If you're still looking for ways to plug in, here's a few ideas!

NOTE: Handy Links

Find your district/reps

Red/Blue zones, House of Reps MN with PWS target races

All House of Rep candidates (almost all, under construction)

and www.dfl.org

1) Door-knocking

I've posted about this here, but doorknocking and in-person contact have the most impact on elections. Find a candidate in a light blue (defend!) or light pink (flip!) district for the House or Reps (see the red/blue zone...

May 28, 2018

On May 27th attorneys Kara Lynum (Twitter handle @karalynum), Brian Aust (@austlawyer) and Ana Pottraz Acosta (@apottratzacosta) kindly hosted an informational gathering to explain the recent policy shift by the administration regarding separating children from parents at the border, the reports of 1,500 missing children, and what people can do.

The full video is posted below along with a summary and some new information and links (posted with permission by the attorneys, thanks for double checking this post for me!)
 

Here is the facebook video of the event.


Intro
Kara Lynum is an immigration attorney in the Twin Cities who has made multiple trips to the border to represent detained families. Ana Pottraz Acostsa is a professor at Mitchell Hamline as well as an immigration attorney. Brian Aust is a private attorney who does pro bono immigration law work, and has been down to the border as well. He is currently representing a client from El Salvador who is grappling with these issues.

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May 9, 2018

Thanks to ACLU People Power for the following information on registering to vote in MN! This can be used to help others to vote.

MINNESOTA VOTER REGISTRATION: HELPING OTHERS REGISTER TO VOTE, APRIL 2018

INTRO:

  • MINNESOTA HAS A PROUD TRADITION OF HIGH VOTER PARTICIPATION.

  • IN THE 2016 ELECTION, MINNESOTA’S VOTER TURNOUT WAS THE HIGHEST IN THE U.S.

  • ACCORDING TO STATE OFFICIALS, MORE THAN 81 PERCENT OF REGISTERED MINNESOTA VOTERS CAST BALLOTS. THAT’S JUST UNDER 75 PERCENT OF ALL ELIGIBLE MINNESOTANS. MANY OF THEM VOTED BEFORE ELECTION DAY.

  • HOWEVER, WHILE WHITE VOTING RATES WERE HIGH, VOTING RATES FOR BLACKS WERE 66 PERCENT, ASIANS WERE 52 PERCENT AND HISPANICS WERE 37 PERCENT

  • GAPS BETWEEN THE YOUNGEST AND OLDEST VOTERS IN MINNESOTA WERE PRONOUNCED. TURNOUT AMONG THOSE 18 TO 24 REACHED ONLY ABOUT 55 PERCENT, COMPARED WITH ABOUT 73 PERCENT OF THOSE45 OR OLDER.

  • SO, WE STILL HAVE A LOT OF WORK TO DO.


THERE ARE FOUR WAYS TO REGISTER TO VOTE IN MINNESOTA
1. MAIL IN OR...

May 9, 2018

In February 2018 we lost a special election we should have won. Melissa Wagner's district actually has enough people who voted Clinton to put Melissa Wagner over the top. The problem was this: We couldn't reach them.

Why? In this day an age you'd think everyone is online or watching TV, but you'd be wrong. People throw out direct mail. They screen calls. Not every candidate has enough money for a campaign ad on TV, or to air it for more than a day. And a lot of people still don't have internet at home, or (believe it or not) are not interested in being online. The poor, the elderly, people in rural areas – in other words, huge groups of our population – are not glued to the internet. And the only way to reach them is to knock directly on their door.

At the CD 5 convention Keith Ellison took the stage and this was all he talked about. Keith is a passionate believer that door-knocking makes or breaks elections and is how we engage people. He has the results to prove it: He has turned CD5 i...

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