East Side Review Bulletin Board April 15, 2018

Peaceful protest and social movement organizing

The St. Paul League of Women Voters is hosting an event on Thursday, April 19, 6-7 p.m., to learn about peaceful protest and social movement organizing. The event will take place at the Science Education Center, Room 115 at Metropolitan State University, 700 East Seventh St. 

At the event, Kathleen Cole, assistant professor in social science at Metro State, and Cmdr. Joshua Lego of the Saint Paul Police Department, will talk about:

• Getting involved in planned protests: the roles you can play, when to get involved and when to step back, how to be a good ally to people from marginalized communities.

• Planned arrests: what they are, why they are a useful tactic for social movements, how they are planned.

• Role of the police department: how are they involved in planning, how do they respond to unplanned protests, what is the biggest challenge they face.

• Protest safety tips: what (not) to wear, identifying organizers, signs for when to leave.

Cole is an assistant professor of political science in the Department of Social Science at Metropolitan State University. She earned her Ph.D. in political science at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Her research is in the subfield of political philosophy and focuses on the effects of white racial identity formation and motivated cognition on political judgment. She teaches courses in American politics and political philosophy.

Cole is also involved in Minnesota politics. She is a community organizer in the Twin Cities, active in the areas of racial and economic justice. She regularly publishes essays on racial justice issues in Minneapolis on MinnPost. She also serves on the Government Relations Council of her faculty union.

Lego is assigned to the Special Operations Unit. He prepares police department responses to permitted and unpermitted assemblies in the City of St. Paul. He has 10 years of experience leading the Mobile Field Force crowd management team.

Lego earned a master’s degree from the University of St. Thomas in leadership and training. He was also recognized in 2006 as the Dr. Duane Orr Teacher of the Year at Mankato State University; and in 2014 as Distinguished Alumnus. 


St. Paul city-wide cleanup

The City of St. Paul will host its 32nd annual Spring Cleanup on Saturday, April 21, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The event is open to all families to help pick up garbage left behind from the winter. To participate, go to www.stpaul.gov and search “Citywide Spring Cleanup” to find the event page and then register for your preferred cleanup site so organizers can make sure they have enough bags, gloves and snacks for everyone. Cleanup sites include:

• Como Lakeside Pavilion, 1360 Lexington Parkway N.

• Central Village Park, 457 Central Ave. W.

• Cherokee Park, 700 Cherokee Heights Blvd.

• Duluth and Case Recreation Center, 1020 Duluth St.

• Frogtown Farm Park, 662 Victoria St. N.

• Highland Picnic Pavilion, 1200 Montreal Ave.

• Midway Peace Park, intersection of Bigelow Lane and Griggs Street

• Phalen Picnic Pavilion, 1600 Phalen Drive

• Swede Hollow Park, intersection of Greenbrier Street and Margaret Street.

• Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary, 1200 Jackson St.


Payne-Phalen Community Council annual meeting

Help provide recommendations to city officials on Payne-Phalen neighborhood issues. Run for a seat on the Payne-Phalen Community Council at the annual meeting on Tuesday, April 24. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the program starts at 6 p.m. at the Arlington Hills Community Center community room. The agenda will include a presentation on the St. Paul Comprehensive Plan by Lucy Thompson of the St. Paul Planning and Economic Development Department, and a proposed bylaws change. The proposal is to add Section 4, Article VII as follows: “The Board of Directors will on an annual basis review the Community Council District Plan during the June or July Board meeting.” The volunteer- and resident-based board provides advisory recommendations to city officials on physical, economic and social development issues, as well as on citywide issues. If you live in or own a business in Payne-Phalen and are at least 16 years old, you are eligible to run for a seat on the board. For more information and a nominee form go to www.paynephalen.org, call 651-774-5234 or email district5@paynephalen.org.


District 2 Community Council annual meeting and elections

The District 2 Community Council has announced that Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon will be the keynote speaker at its annual meeting on April 18. All are welcome to attend this free event and learn about the great things that are happening in the neighborhood. The meeting will be held at the National Association Letter Carriers Hall at 1715 Van Dyke St. The evening will begin with a potluck dinner (bring something to share) at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting will start at 7 p.m. 

Simon is Minnesota’s 22nd Secretary of State. He was sworn into office on Jan. 5, 2015, and as Minnesota’s chief elections administrator pledged in his inaugural address to “work with anyone, of any political affiliation, from any part of our state” to protect, defend and strengthen the right to vote in Minnesota.

As Secretary of State, he partners with township, city and county officials to organize elections on behalf of Minnesota’s nearly four million eligible voters, and to ensure that the election system is fair.

Simon also oversees a wide range of services for Minnesota businesses and administers and the “Safe at Home” address confidentiality program for people whose personal safety is at risk, often due to physical abuse or threats.

If you’ve attended District 2 annual meetings in the past, you will notice a different format. Following the potluck dinner and keynote speaker, visitors will break into individual neighborhoods to elect representatives and to discuss the neighborhood issues, and put forward goals for 2018. There will also be a drawing for a $50 Target gift card at the end of the meeting, and you must be present to win. For more information or if interested in joining the board, contact the District 2 Office at 651-774-2220 or email d2lisa@outlook.com.


Join the Youth Leadership Committee 

Join Merrick Community Services’ Youth Leadership Committee and get involved the community. Committee positions are open to seventh- through 12th-grade students. The committee will gather biweekly for development meetings with Merrick staff. An excellent opportunity for those seeking to build their college and professional resumes, this steering committee will lend a voice to Merrick’s youth programming and increase youth leadership engagement in the community. For more information and to join, go to www.merrickcs.org, contact Samuel Mihelich at smihelich@merrickcs.org or call 651-771-9339.


Understanding Early Episode Psychosis class

NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) will offer a free class to help young people who have experienced psychosis and/or their family members and loved ones understand symptoms, causes and treatments of psychosis. Participants who have experienced psychosis will learn how to self-advocate and get back to work or school and achieve recovery. Loved ones and family members will learn how to help and support a young person through recovery. The class will be held in St. Paul on May 15, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at NAMI Minnesota, 1919 University Ave. W., Suite 400. For more information or to register (required), call 651-645-2948 or go to namihelps.org.


Bipolar Disorder: What is it?

NAMI Minnesota will offer a free class at Woodland Hills Church, 1740 Van Dyke St., on Monday April 23 from 7 to 8 p.m. about bipolar disorder. The class is open to anyone and refreshments will be served.


Ramsey County Earth day cleanup

Volunteers of all ages are needed for the annual Earth Day Cleanup to be held Saturday, April 21, at Battle Creek Regional Park. The primary focus of the event is trash pickup and removal, and to help the parks prepare for the busy spring and summer seasons. Ramsey County Parks & Recreation is seeking 150-200 volunteers to assist with the cleanup. The clean-up event will begin at 8:30 a.m. with coffee and doughnuts for volunteers. This volunteer event is open to individuals, families and small groups. Space is limited, please sign up early. Registration is required in advance of the event. All participants should wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Registration can be done at www.ramseycounty.us. Search for “Earth Day Cleanup” to find the registration page.


Bruce Vento EcoStewards drop-in events

The city is hosting a series of drop-in events to assist in restoration of Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary. All tools will be provided. No experience is necessary — this is a great activity for anyone who wants to get outside, explore a new park and learn about restoring our natural areas. The events are also open to individuals or small groups of all ages. Those interested should register online at www.stpaul.gov and search for “Bruce Vento EcoStewards Drop-in Events.” Registration is appreciated, as it helps determine the amount of supplies needed. Volunteers should meet at Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary Fourth St. E. Please note the parking lot is still under construction so you may park along the road. Spring drop-in events will take place on: Thursday, April 19, 5:30-7:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 28, 9-11a.m.; Tuesday, May 1, 5:30-7:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 12, 9-11 a.m.; Thursday, May 17, 5:30-7:30 p.m. More summer dates are listed on the registration page.

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