Imagining Real Democracy - Discussion Series (Jan-May 2020)

January 8, 2020

Imagining Real Democracy - Discussion Series 

(Jan-May 2020)

DATE: 4th Monday of each month, except in May (3rd Monday)
TIME: 6-6:15 p.m. Social Gathering; 6:15-8:00 p.m. Program
PLACE:  West 7th Mississippi Market
ADDRESS: 1500 West 7th Street, St Paul  55102

Pre-Register at saintpaul [at] to receive readings in advance of the discussions. Type “Imagining Democracy” in the subject line.

Jan. 27 - Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) with Ken Pentel

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) fails to report the impact of non-market factors. The 42 factor GPI reports the value of household and volunteer work, and ecosystem support services while also measuring the costs of crime, pollution, sickness, and environmental degradation.

February 24 - Immigration, Detention, Deportation

In 2003, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) opened its doors in Minnesota. Short videos and discussions with local activists provide context for two key questions: What is ICE doing to detain and deport people? Who is profiting? Stand with our undocumented neighbors by attending the Drivers License for All Rally at the State Capitol steps on Feb 11 at 11:30. 

March 23 - Food Production and Labeling
Small local farmers are on the frontlines of the climate crisis and out of control corporate power. This discussion will include organic labeling, glyphosate use, CAFOs, and new farming techniques in Minnesota. How do everyday people join the movement for improved land stewardship? What do our local farmers need from us in standing up to corporate power?

April 27 - Improved Medicare4All 101 with Bob Robbins
Vast networks of corporate power stand in the way of real change to our healthcare system. We will look at how healthcare for all Minnesotans could be delivered. Bob Robbins will give a 3 part presentation that covers: How People are Affected, The Provider / Patient Relationship and Financing.

May 18 - Movements are necessary:  Eleanor Roosevelt  *  10th Anniversary:  Monahans start walk across America

Eleanor Roosevelt and Robin Monahan both inspire us to keep moving. What is Move to Amend doing in Minnesota? What will you do to help MTA make even more progress this year?