On December 11, 2016, we held a Solidarity event to demonstrate that everyone in DFL51 is in solidarity with our valued neighbors and friends who may have recently felt the hatred and bigotry promoted by many shameful pronouncements of the president-elect of the USA, Donald J. Trump and many of his minions. All of us are offended and all of us are hurt, regardless if we belong to a group targeted by Trump.
It was a snowy night, cold and wet, with not the best visibility. Approximately 75 of us showed up and it was heartening to see the gathered people, friends, and neighbors from Eagan and Burnsville, and guests from other parts of the Twin Cities.
This is the type of response we wish to model for ALL citizens of this country, in the face of bigotry and hatred.
Our Senate District vice-chair, Lisa Noah, provided the following words: “On a snowy Sunday afternoon, about 75 concerned citizens gathered together at the home of Amber Naqvi and Asmah Tareen in Eagan for a Post-Election Solidarity Gathering. The purpose of the event, held on December 11, 2016, was to celebrate what unites us as U.S. citizens and how we can continue to work together to make our cities, state and country better places to live. Attendees heard from local legislators and DFL activists including State Senator Jim Carlson, State Representative Sandy Masin, and DFL51 Chair John Wells. In addition, representatives from the ACLU, Islamic Resource Group and The Advocates for Human Rights spoke to the group about what their organizations do to build bridges, fight discrimination and protect constitutional rights. The conversations will continue at our monthly SD51 meetings. Join us!”