During the event, there were many expressions describing the feelings people felt and experienced. One of the attendees, Kay Brown, provided her own advice which resonated strongly. She summarised it as follows:
There are many challenging issues ahead, sometimes it feels overwhelming. As an individual, look into your heart and prioritize one. Give that issue your full strength.
Learn about those who are uncomfortable or disagree with your position. Understand the reasons. Respect their viewpoint. Find common ground.
Any movement forward requires civil discourse, planning, and a certain amount of patience, but most importantly action by you.
And you, by your belief are a tremendous force.
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 any of his minions. All of us are offended and all of us a hurt, regardless if we belong to a group targeted by Trump.
During the event, several important resources were provided to inform the community about what is available, where to turn to, and how to become better educated about this important topic for our society.
Member of the ACLU Minnesota Chapter spoke and distributed a pamphlet that guides the public about what to expect from their interaction with various law enforcement bodies, such as police, immigration, and FBI. This pamphlet is available at the ACLU-MN website here. The ACLU Minnesota website is here. It is available in two languages.
One of the persons who spoke was Dr. Onder Uluyol who spoke eloquently about the deep roots of the Muslim community in Minnesota, its immense contribution to society and common good in Minnesota and beyond. Dr. Uluyol is the president of the Islamic Resource Group (IRG) [website]. His group provides fantastic opportunities to get educated about Islam and Muslim culture and traditions.
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!”
Senate District 51 citizens re-elected their state representatives, Sandy Masin and Laurie Halverson, and their state senator, Jim Carlson, by wide margins on November 8th. For this we are thankful. We can be thankful because we know these three always put the needs of their community above politics. They serve us well. They make us proud. While their service in the new GOP-controlled Legislature will present challenges, we know they will work to serve the very best interests of Eagan, Burnsville, and Minnesota as a whole. We would like to be able to say that for the majority party. We hope it, too, will look out for the long-term interest of our whole community, but are glad to know that Jim, Laurie and Sandy will be there working to help make that happen.
Senate District 51 citizens also did their part in our national contests by supporting the election of Angie Craig to Congress and Hillary Clinton to the Presidency. They fell to the post-truth message of Donald Trump, which swayed a minority of Americans and a minority of CD2 voters to give office to Trump and Jason Lewis. Hard to take, given the false and hateful messages both espoused. But hate is no prescription for the future and voters will seek new leaders when that becomes apparent to all. We need to be prepared to again do our part when that opportunity arises.
Opportunities to help and volunteer in the last few days before the Election are available. You can make a difference in the Election by putting your time, energy, efforts – every little bit is important, and every bit DOES make a difference. (Click the image for a pdf you can print and put in your pocket to remind you!) THANK YOU!
Minnesota’s Secretary of State issued this great information card:
Want to know what DFL51 precinct caucus attendees and convention delegates think are our most compelling priorities? Check here the Resolutions we ADOPTED at our April 2nd convention. We’ve sent these on to the state DFL Platform Committee for its consideration as potential platform elements.
(View here ALL the resolutions [pdf file, 62K, 11 pages] .)