Saturday, June 30, 2012

Two Faces - The Progressive Agenda

Compilation of Two Posters-White Privilege & Gay Rights (Bullying)

 The Local news has the two following stories within days of each other.  Compare and Contrast Coincidence. Academia and Labor pushing a LEFTIST UNION  AGENDA disguised as 'social-justice', 'civil rights' and 'equality'  The same players, demographics and mindset of occupy Wall Street  Altruism is the Morality of Cannibals  Negative Labels and emotional appeal are the only talking points remaining for the left, as they defy and defile the Constitution.

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Anti-Bullying Film by Edina High School Grad Hits Cinema

 By: Joy Lim Nakrin  6/29/2012 Anti-Bullying Film by Edina High School Grad Hits Cinema

A west metro student is standing up against bullying on the big screen."Minnesota Nice? A Documentary on Bullying in Minnesota Public Schools," premiered at the Edina Cinema Friday night.

Its creator is 18-year-old Alec Fischer, who says he was bullied so badly he considered suicide. He says he's seen the same happen to many schoolmates at Edina High School, so he decided to fight it with this film.

MNNICE Trailer
"For every kid that sees it, hopefully two kids now will stand up against a bully," Fischer said.
Fischer started work on the film last November, then showed it at Edina High last May. School leaders say it was so powerful that they plan to make the film part of the curriculum.


A story about a great kid helping kids in the local media. Until we compare it to the blog I just finished today about Duluth's progressive coalition latest campaign. The  AFL-CIO sponsors a race-hustle project called UN-Fair.  Let's compare the two briefly. First, the advertising and timeline of Minnesota Nice? A Documentary on Bullying in Mn Public Schools.


Gay Rights Disguised as Anti-Bullying Campaign

Timeline for this project starts in November
Nearly identical to the UnFair Campaign


YWCA and AFL-CIO launches War on White Women 

Un-Fair It is hard to see racism when you are white
Posters were printed and made available to partner organizations from mid-October 2011 through January 2012
Un-Fair Racism Campaign Poster
Un-Fair Racism Campaign Poster
















A bullying "epidemic" ? Hardly. A cultural marxist push disguised as egalitarianism? As usual. Progressive's promise of Utopia are timeless. Unfortunately, history shows us they are just good at propaganda.
Professor of Victimology


Make Mine Freedom- John Sutherland
 

Leftists divide us by race, class, age and sex, all the while yelling unity and democracy. Another glimpse at the tactics of the Barack Obama 2012 Coalition.

Friday, June 29, 2012

The Martin Olaf Sabo Bridge-The Fix is In

The Martin Olaf Sabo Bridge-The Fix is In


 

Final Report In, Minneapolis Moves to Repair Sabo Bridge 

 By: Mark Albert - KSTP Mpls St. Paul MN 6/29/2012

Sabo Bridge Failure, URS Project 2007
Now that the final report into what caused fractures in key parts of the Sabo pedestrian bridge has been received, the city of Minneapolis plans to repair the bridge, "as soon as possible," and determine who should pay for expenses that so far total nearly $1 million.

"we are focused on getting the bridge back in full service," said Heidi Hamilton, deputy director of the city's Public Works department.


On Friday, the city released a 140-page report by Illinois-based consultants Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, which contained the first close up photos released publicly of the damage caused to steel plates by wind vibrations. Click here to read the report.


The report also reveals that URS Corporation did take wind vibrations into account when it designed the bridge, but "deferred a final decision" on whether to install a stay cable damping system "until after construction." After "periodically," monitoring the bridge for 30 days after it opened, URS concluded the stay cable dampers, "were not necessary," the consultant's report notes.

A spokesman for URS issued the following statement Friday afternoon:
"URS is one of the world's most experienced bridge designers and we are committed to the highest levels of quality and public safety.  We have just received the Wiss, Janney, Elstner report and will conduct a comprehensive review of the findings, including factors that did not involve our company, such as the misalignment of connection plates and defective welds.  We take full responsibility for our work.  We remain committed to working constructively and responsibly with the City of Minneapolis and Hennepin County as they move forward with retrofit solutions for the bridge."
Sabo Bridge Failure- URS Project 2007

Final Report In, Minneapolis Moves to Repair Sabo Bridge

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Google Search "Wiss,Janney,Elstner Associates Richard C. Blum"

"The project is fully gift-funded by The Blum Center for Developing
Economies at UC Berkeley Foundation, with a funding guarantee from
private donor Richard C. Blum"


Feb 3, 2009 – private donor Richard C. Blum. The University will .... Forell/Elsesser Engineers, Inc. and peer reviewed by structural engineers Wiss, Janney, Elstner. Associates, Inc. as required by UC Berkeley Capital Projects and the SRC. Naval Architecture Building Restoration and Addition

Minneapolis and Hennepin County have awarded Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc. of Illinois a $100,000 no-bid contract Sabo Bridge closed to pedestrians, bicyclists


 In March 2002, Gov. Gray Davis appointed Blum to a 12-year term as a regent of the University of California. For the next three years, both URS and Perini benefited from construction contracts awarded by the regents

In November 2005, Blum resigned from the URS board of directors and also divested his investment firm of about $220 million in URS stock. In April 2006, the Feinstein-Blum family made a $15 million “gift” to UC Berkeley. The expanded business school is slated to house the Richard C. Blum Center for Developing Economies, which will encourage students to study the effects of global poverty upon political radicalism The Byrne Report: Looking into Blum’s Connections to UC Construction

  In 2003 the state department of transportation contracted with URS Corporation to inspect the bride and recommend repairs.  In 2007 the department awarded a contract to a construction firm to repair the bridge.  Repairs began in June 2007 with the intent to be completed in September 2007.  While the repair work was still in progress, however, the bridge collapsed and thirteen people were killed and more than 100 were injured.  Statute of Repose Bars Indemnification Claim against Engineer that Designed Bridge that Collapsed 

Midtown Greenway Bridge Over Hiawatha Avenue: Approve layout, and authorize Limited Use
Permit Agreement with MnDOT- Will be renamed the Martin Olaf Sabo Bridge
Aug 19,2005 Minneapolis City Council Official Prodeedings  


 Federal contracting would be key for the new company, whose combined 2006 revenue is $7.6 billion, the fourth-highest among . publicly-traded engineering and construction companies.
The new company would be one of the top five providers of defense technical services. This month, URS was one of two companies that won a contract to help manage post-disaster housing inspection services for the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency.
This year, activists attacked Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) for having an alleged conflict of interest because she held key positions on the Senate's military construction appropriations subcommittee while her husband, Richard Blum, had financial interests in URS. Feinstein's office denied any ethical problems."
 

Democrat Dianne Feinstein: A Bridge Too Far 

URS- Consultant on the 35w Bridge Disaster 2007
Not only are the connections questionable, so is doing more business with URS

 "When Mark Dayton ran for Minnesota governor in 2010, he said the state should end its ties with URS because it did not find the major design flaw in the Interstate 35-W bridge that collapsed...."

 "The URS Corporation of San Francisco is among those bidding to design the estimated $620 million four-lane span. And if it doesn’t win the contract, URS still wants to be chosen to review the final design" URS Corporation bidding for St. Croix River bridge design 

 Another project hangs in the balance for URS. "A $94 million contract to engineer the new Southwest Light Rail line, has now met with representatives from URS about the problems with the Sabo bridge, a spokesperson confirmed." Despite Pledge, Sabo Bridge Report Not Released Thursday 
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I have written a few blogs about the connections of Democrats with URS and these projects and problems. The facts are a google search away, yet the Democrat governor and big spending government continue to be ignored by a complicit and liberal media.  

Politicians Suppress Report on 2nd Failed URS Bridge Project

Minneapolis Politicians Suppress Report on 2nd Failed URS Bridge Project
The Martin Olaf Sabo Bridge After Cable Failure-Constructed 2007


Despite Pledge, Sabo Bridge Report Not Released Thursday
Despite the full report into the failure of the Sabo pedestrian bridge being delivered by its consultants on Thursday, the city of Minneapolis will not immediately release it to the public as it initially promised....

 In addition, the document noted that winds as light as five to 10 miles per hour were enough to cause cable vibrations that induced damaging stress on the bridge's cables. URS, the firm that designed the bridge, did not include wind calculations in the original design calculations package, the summary said.

That does not mean such calculations were not made, Kotke cautioned at the time....

Failure of the URS Corp's Sabo Bridge
So far, the costs of shoring up the bridge, detouring traffic for several weeks, and determining the cause of the cable failures has reached approximately $1 million.
Staff at the Met Council, which put on hold a decision about whether to hire URS for a $94 million contract to engineer the new Southwest Light Rail line, has now met with representatives from URS about the problems with the Sabo bridge, a spokesperson confirmed.

Despite Pledge, Sabo Bridge Report Not Released Thursday 

 UPDATE- No Bid Contracts and Connections The Martin Olaf Sabo Bridge-The Fix is In






Background: Democrat Dianne Feinstein: A Bridge Too Far  



35w Fatal Bridge Collapse 2007 - Another URS Project


YWCA and AFL-CIO launches War on White Women

The Obama 2012 Coalition - Envy and the Race Hustle are Tools of the Cultural Marxist Clique'

An introduction into the latest race-hustle meme for the election of Obama 2012 sponsored by Big Labor. Their actions will be disguised in coalitions of social justice and civil rights, a tactic favored by the SEIU (Service Employees International Union) Jessica Shearer - SEIU as a "civil rights" organization- Occupy Wall Street
What is the UnFair Campaign?  In their own words.
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 MISSION
To raise awareness about white privilege in our community, provide resources for understanding and action, and facilitate dialogue and partnership that result in fundamental, systemic change towards racial justice.

Men: Mathematical Minority

Who created the Campaign and its materials and how will they be used?
A committee of the YWCA, (Young Women's Christian Association) working with a Duluth area advertising agency, developed the graphics for the campaign over the course of a year. The content, look and feel were developed after extensive conversations with the committee and community partners.
Posters were printed and made available to partner organizations from mid-October 2011 through January 2012.  They will be used to bring attention to the issue of white privilege as well as serve as a tool for encourage dialogue and programs that meet partners organizational objectives.
In January, the campaign will launch publicly with billboards, bus signs, additional posters, and radio and TV public service announcements. At that time, posters and other campaign materials will be made available to the wider community.

 Campaign Partners

Un-Fair Campaign







Big labor was a substantial backer of the Occupy Wall Street meme, again forming with a diverse coalition of leftist causes. Immigration and gay rights were other causes used by big labor to gain support for OWS and the reelection of Barack Obama. The Young Women's Christian Association is now targeting white women. Feel Empowered?

Big Labor supports the Boston LGBT- Directly connected to OWS also
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The Atlas Project - Big Labor, Soros and SuperPAC


The Atlas Project - Big Labor, Soros and SuperPAC

OWS and AVAAZ and Big Labor








Joseph Stiglitz talks Occupy Wall Street Video
Occupy Wall Street - Scripted by Global Banking Interests 
Occupy - Media - Elite University - Push Financial Transaction Tax

 Here is how the campaign of RACE HUSTLING plays on the local media
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University Sponsors Controversial Race Campaign
 It started with controversial billboards. Now a public service announcement is making the topic of race an issue in Duluth.
The Un-Fair campaign aims to eliminate racial disparities. Rather than focus on minorities who may not be treated fairly, the campaign is focused on white people. The campaign argues white people have a hard time seeing racism since they enjoy privileges others do not.
Eighteen entities are sponsoring the campaign, including the University of Minnesota Duluth.
The university says a recent campaign-produced video is divisive and has alienated some, though the school still supports the campaign's principles. University Sponsors Controversial Race Campaign





The Duluth group says the fact that 90 percent of Duluth is white, therefore it is racist. That happens to resemble the rest of the State of MN. The key fact facing Duluth is there is NO REASON FOR ANYONE OF ANY RACE to move to Duluth.

Duluth's population, meanwhile, remained flat. Mayor Don Ness wants the city to have 90,000 residents by 2020, which would reverse the declining population trends Duluth saw in the 1980s because of a downturn in the taconite industry. In 2010 Duluth's population was 86,265   
Census data confirms suburban growth, greater diversity in Minn. 

Duluth's problem is NOT the fact that they are white, therefore automatically racist as you suggest. Their problem is they are Democrat Farm Labor and Big-Labor Kool Aid drinkers who support these organizations, politicians and their messages of envy and division.  If you are playing the math, then you really have a problem with WHITE WOMEN, as they are the statistical Majority. The YWCA and AFL- CIO launches war on white women will make a good headline.  Female persons, percent, 2011, 50.8% 

See leftists, we can all be martyrs and victims with statistics. How progressive.

The MNNice  campaign targets kids. how progressive
Update: 


'Social justice' in your schools
\Two Faces - The Progressive Agenda 


X 'White Girl'

#racehustlers #aflcio #unfair #mnnice #socialjustice #whiteprivilege #racecard #whiteguilt #minoritarianism 

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Injustice and Intimidation - Politics and Patronage at DOJ

U.S. Attorney B. Todd Jones and Eric Holder
Saint Anthony Village Intimidated by Eric Holder's DOJ in Election Year Distraction

 The  Link to a previous blog is a lot more background on the namesake of the Abu-Huraira Islamic Center, the Hamas linked CAIR and Islam in general. The manufactured issue of the "racist" denial of the zoning EXEMPTION (A.K.A. EXCEPTION) for their project made it straight to the Federal Government. I had to wonder what kind of lawyer thinks that the Local and State governments lack the power, integrity and ability to govern their affairs. Why does the terror-linked CAIR and the ACLU seem to have so much sway over the Eric Holder Justice Department in an election year?  Pay attention to Eric Holder’s law firm and Guantanamo detainees  Why would the US Attorney  B. Todd Jones, interim ATF chief during the Fast and Furious Coverup participate in this election year media event?  Pandering to their coalition under the guise of  "social justice" and distracting the public's attention away from Fast and Furious in this election year is more than plausible. Who is B. Todd Jones?  First, the background on the Islamic Center.







U.S. Attorney Looks into Mosque Denial in St. Anthony Village
Updated: 06/21/2012 7:50 AM
Created: 06/20/2012 9:36 PM KSTP
By: Jay Kolls
"5 EYEWITNESS NEWS has learned the U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota is now looking into a permit denial for an Islamic Center.
Last week, the Village of St. Anthony denied a group of Muslims a conditional use permit to open the Islamic Center and mosque. The city council said the Islamic Center did not meet zoning requirements.
But, 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS obtained an email written by U.S. Attorney for Minnesota B. Todd Jones that says he has assigned an attorney to review St. Anthony's decision to make sure it was not an act of discrimination. The Feds are interested in this case because St. Anthony's Planning Commission voted 5-1 to approve the permit. Then, just before the city council's vote, the city changed its zoning ordinance and the council then voted, 4-1, to deny the permit. We are told the Feds want to know why the Council made a last minute change in the zoning ordinance before the vote was taken.
City officials in St. Anthony declined comment because there is possible litigation with this case. The U.S. Attorney's Office confirmed they are looking into the matter but also declined to comment."
(The Highlighted part of the story is oddly worded and unexplained. A strange and suspect addition to the story.)
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Background: The reporting of the story on 6/12/2012  11:05 pm



"The St. Anthony City Council has voted down a conditional use permit that would have allowed a former Medtronic building to be used for an Islamic center.Tuesday evening's 4-1 vote against the permit came after a roughly two and a half hour hearing that drew nearly 100 people, most of them against the project. 

The Abu-Huraira Islamic Center had requested a conditional use permit that would have allowed them to move into the first floor of the former Medtronic building, located off of Old Highway 8. The building is currently zoned light industrial and city code only lets places of worship exist in residential areas.

The city issued a four-month moratorium to study the zoning issue, prompting the Council on American Islamic Relations to accuse the council of intentionally slowing the process due to community opposition.
City officials say it is strictly a zoning issue because keeping the property as industrial would generate more taxes for the city.

Ahead of Tuesday's hearing, an attorney for the Islamic center said the group could file a lawsuit against the city for discrimination if the permit isn't approved.

The permit had previously been approved by the city's Planning Commission." Council Votes Down Permit for Islamic Center in St. Anthony 




 Snail Mail or Speed Dial?  6/13/2012
On Wednesday, the executive director of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) sent a letter to the Department of Justice asking for an investigation into the decision.
The group attributes the decision to discrimination, citing anti-Muslim comments made by some residents at Tuesday's council meeting.
City officials, meanwhile, say the issue is strictly about zoning, as keeping the property as industrial would generate more taxes for the city.
City code only lets places of worship exist in residential areas. Group Calls for Investigation into Denial of Islamic Center Permit

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 B. Todd Jones

Who is  B. Todd Jones ?

"The Senate has confirmed alumnus B. Todd Jones ('83) as U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota. He was nominated by President Barack Obama on June 4, 2009, and will replace acting U.S. Attorney Frank Magill, who was appointed in January 2008 to fill the position after Rachel Paulose resigned.

Jones has already served in this capacity, from 1998 when he was recommended by then-Senator Paul Wellstone, until the end of January 2001. He was the first black U.S. Attorney in Minnesota history."
"Jones was a senior associate attorney at Oppenheimer, Wolff & Donnelly from 1989-92 and a managing partner at Greene Espel from l994-97"
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Does the recommendation of  B. Todd Jones by Paul Wellstone , a well-known progressive poser and state campaign chair for the laughable Jesse Jackson in 1988, show more lack of fairness, ethics and judgement by Wellstone in his eagerness to appoint the "first black MN U.S. Attorney" Of course it does. Paul Wellstone couldn't even keep his own pledge on term-limits.

Detailed information on B. Todd Jones is lacking, but we do have this article that shows that he is NOT impartial on Islam and the community Countering Violent Extremism through Community-Based Approaches. by B. Todd Jones, U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota
In fact, it is community activism and social justice with the full power of the Federal Government. Justice with an agenda measured in election results. Has the pandering and outreach to the Somali community been effective?  Hardly.

Most counts of contempt in Minn. terror case nixed  
"MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal appeals court has thrown out 19 of 20 contempt-of-court citations against a Minnesota woman convicted of funneling money to terrorists in Somalia.
The Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday affirmed the first contempt charge against Amina Farah Ali, a Muslim, who refused to stand for the judge and jury early on in her trial last October, saying it is prohibited by her religion"

Somali Sex Trafficking Case Finishes With Split Verdict: 3 Convicted, 6 Acquitted
 A Tennessee federal jury split its verdict Friday against nine people accused of operating a sex trafficking ring across three states run mostly by Somali refugee gang members, convicting three men and acquitting six. The defendants are among 30 who were indicted in the case that spans from Minnesota to Ohio and Tennessee

Minneapolis helps Muslim businesses follow Sharia law
 "Since December 2006, the city of Minneapolis, in partnership with the African Development Center, has given out 54 loans in a way that is compliant with Islamic law"

Another Somalia suicide bomber may have Minneapolis ties
 If authorities verify his identity, he would become the third identified Minnesotan to have died as a suicide bomber in Somalia. About 20 young men from Minnesota are thought to have traveled to that war-torn nation in the past few years to join the fighting, and Ali's death would mark the 10th death of a Minnesotan there. 10/31/2011
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The Obama Administration and leftists are not about the Constitution, sovereignty, liberty or the rule of law. Ruling by fiat, mandate and intimidation are the means to their ends. The leftists alliance with Islami-fascism is no longer a hidden secret. Iran and Occupy Wall Street - Fascism and Marxism Ally     The complicit old media backs the progressive narrative and agenda Half-Truths and Half the Story - Local News Bias at KSTP


The fourth estate is the fifth column, a Goliath that could only fall to a David @twitter or #justablogger

Democrat U.S. House Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. - Corruption is Exhausting

The Rod Blagojevich sideshow over corruption and the "sale" of Barack Obama's vacated Senate Seat received mixed coverage.While the former Governor Blago is in prison, another politician and crook remains free and in office. The well connected Jesse Jackson Jr.  The son of Jesse Jackson SR, also a race-hustling fraud from Chicago, remained out of the spotlight until this month. Some quick background on some of the money behind this charlatan is in order, so first we need a quick intro to Raghuveer Nayak. 
 
 Somebody Get Me a Doctor

Classic Van Halen "Somebody Get Me a Doctor"

FBI arrests ex-fund-raiser for Jesse Jackson Jr., key in Blago case
June 20, 2012 8:36AM
 Excerpt:
"Raghuveer Nayak was long the insider who politicos leaned on for his deep pockets.
He once picked up a $7,500 unpaid tab for a Rod Blagojevich fund-raiser, and more notably, paid to fly a “social acquaintance” of U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. across the country at Jackson’s request.
Nayak would wine and dine politicians, at times held fund-raisers at his home and for years poured money into numerous politicians’ campaigns, from Barack Obama to Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to Gov. Pat Quinn.
At last summer’s Blagojevich retrial, prosecutors had a distinct way to refer to the wealthy businessman: He was “the bribe guy,” who in 2008 allegedly offered millions of dollars to Rod Blagojevich’s brother in exchange for appointing Jackson Jr. (D-Ill) to Obama’s vacant Senate seat.
On Wednesday, Nayak was in handcuffs, arrested by the FBI at his Oak Brook home on charges that he paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in kickbacks to doctors so they would refer patients to his surgical centers"
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Send Lawyers, Guns and Money

Classic by Warren Zevon "Lawyers, Guns and Money"


Jesse Jackson Jr. takes medical leave of absence 

"U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who defeated a primary challenge this year despite being the target of a House ethics investigation, has been on a medical leave for two weeks and is being treated for exhaustion, his office announced Monday.
In a three-sentence news release, Jackson's office disclosed that the Democrat went on leave June 10 but did not provide further details, including how long he would be away. In the release, he asked that his family's privacy be respected.
"I don't know how long he'll be out of action," said Frank Watkins, Jackson's spokesman, adding that he could not offer additional details.
Several of Jackson's congressional colleagues noted his absence last week on the House floor, where he missed votes. U.S. Rep. Danny Davis, a Chicago Democrat, did not know why he was gone.
The statement said Jackson's offices will remain open for constituent services. Since June 10, the congressman's office has sent out news releases quoting him. His Twitter site has remained active, including two tweets Monday about the Affordable Care Act, which the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on this week.
Earlier this year, Jackson, 47, faced a primary challenge from former U.S. Rep. Debbie Halvorson and campaigned more actively than in previous years. Since then, the veteran Democrat has been promoting a third Chicago area airport and campaigned against a proposed federal detention center for illegal immigrants.
Jackson first won office in 1995 and represents Illinois' 2nd District, which includes neighborhoods on Chicago's South Side and in its south suburbs.
The House Ethics Committee probe involves allegations that Jackson was involved in discussions about raising money for then-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's campaign in exchange for Blagojevich appointing him to President Barack Obama's vacated U.S. Senate seat.
Jackson also allegedly directed a fundraiser and longtime friend, Raghuveer Nayak, to buy plane tickets for a woman described as Jackson's "social acquaintance." Jackson has since called it a personal matter that he has dealt with privately with his wife, Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson.
Last week, Nayak was arrested and pleaded not guilty to unrelated fraud charges involving outpatient surgery centers he owns. At Blagojevich's first corruption trial in 2010, prosecutors said another Blagojevich fundraiser was ready to testify that Jackson instructed Nayak to raise money for Blagojevich's campaign in exchange for the Senate seat. The same witness later testified that he attended a meeting with Jackson and Nayak.
Jackson has not been charged. He has repeatedly denied wrongdoing and insists he will be vindicated.
Jackson's father, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, was out of the country Monday and declined to comment on the matter. Messages left for Sandi Jackson were not immediately returned"

Jesse Jackson Jr. also served as a national co-chairman of the Barack Obama presidential campaign.
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UPDATE by REUTERS 07/05/2012 1:18pm CST
Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. needs 'extended' in-patient treatment  


(Reuters) - " Representative Jesse Jackson Jr., who disclosed recently that he has been on medical leave since early June with an unspecified condition, is grappling with "physical and emotional ailments" that require in-patient treatment, his office said on Thursday.
In a statement, Jackson's press secretary Frank Watkins said the 47-year-old congressman's condition was "more serious than we thought and initially believed" and would require "extended in-patient treatment as well as continuing medical treatment thereafter."
The statement did not specify the medical problem.
The Chicago Democrat is the target of a congressional ethics probe for his alleged involvement in the scheme by former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich to sell President Barack Obama's former U.S. Senate seat.
Jackson, who has been out on medical leave since June 10, testified at Blagojevich's political corruption trial that he wanted to be named to the Senate seat. But he denied knowing about any offers of money made by his supporters to the then-governor in exchange for an appointment.
Jackson is the son of civil rights leader Reverend Jesse Jackson and was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1995. He has been re-elected by wide margins seven times since.
Earlier this year, he won a competitive Democratic primary against Debbie Halvorson, a former U.S. representative."


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Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. dealing with severe ‘physical and emotional ailments’  
Update at 01:56 PM ET, 07/05/2012


"But the announcement is the latest in a long line of troubles for the civil rights scion. Previously, Jackson and his wife acknowledged that he had engaged in an inappropriate relationship, and Jackson has also been linked to convicted former governor Rod Blagojevich’s (D) efforts to sell the open Senate seat vacated by President Obama in 2009 (though he has not been charged with wrongdoing).
Through all of it, Jackson has stayed tight-lipped, and in a recent months and years, the once-outspoken Democrat has shied from the spotlight.
Jackson had been considered a rising star in Democratic circles, with potential statewide or mayoral ambitions, but as the Chicago Sun-Times reported last week, his problems have put a serious hold on all of that."


#jessejacksonjr #racehustler #corruption #blago #blagojevich #nayak #obama2012 #senateseat #bribery #kickbacks #chicago

Shortened and Short of Cash - The Democrat National Convention 2012 is Already a Failure

Greek Columns and Greek Budgets- Dems Fail Again

The nomination of Barack Obama will happen at a shortened and significantly scaled back Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina Sept 4 - 6 2012  The attempt to spin the waning support for the POTUS and the grumbling and withholding of precious cash by Big Labor hasn't gone unnoticed. 

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AP Reports 6/25/2012
Organizers change venue for Democrats’ celebration

Organizers of a celebration scheduled to kick off the Democratic National Convention are moving the Labor Day event from Charlotte Motor Speedway to the city's downtown.
Charlotte In 2012 spokeswoman Suzi Emmerling said late Monday that as the date of the event drew closer, logistics became a challenge. Emmerling said moving the celebration to downtown Charlotte near the convention venue would make it more accessible and family friendly. The speedway is about 18 miles outside the city.
The convention has already been shortened from the traditional four days to three to have a day to celebrate the region.
The convention is being held at Charlotte's Time Warner Arena. President Barack Obama's nomination acceptance speech on Sept. 6 is scheduled for Bank of America Stadium. Both arenas are in downtown Charlotte Organizers change venue for Democrats’ celebration 

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As Bloomburg Reports: 6/25/2012

Democrats May Drop Speedway Event at Charlotte Convention

Democrats are considering canceling their political convention’s kick-off event at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, as party planners grapple with a roughly $27 million fundraising deficit, according to two people familiar with matter.
Convention and campaign officials will make a final decision later this week after Steve Kerrigan, the chief executive officer of the Charlotte, North Carolina convention committee, discusses the matter with President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign, based in Chicago, said the two people, who requested anonymity to discuss internal party politics.
Mayor Anthony Foxx and Duke Energy Corp. (DUK) CEO Jim Rogers are co-chairmen of the Committee for Charlotte 2012, which said that it was committed to the event.
“The Host Committee is not canceling CarolinaFest,” said Suzi Emmerling, a spokeswoman for the host committee.
Kristie Greco, a spokeswoman for the Democratic National Convention Committee, which plans the convention while leaving the fundraising to the host committee, declined to comment on whether the DNCC was still dedicated to the NASCAR-themed day.
In January, Kerrigan said that Democrats were shortening their convention from four days to three, “to make room for a day to organize and celebrate the Carolinas, Virginia and the South and kick off the convention at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Labor Day,” Sept. 3.

Stadium Speech

Kerrigan also announced that Obama would accept his party’s nomination at the almost 74,000-seat Bank of America Stadium, home of the Carolina Panthers professional football team. The outdoor finale would echo Obama’s convention speech at Invesco Field in Denver four years ago.
While the Democrats will receive a $50 million grant from the Department of Homeland Security to defray police costs for the Sept 4-6 convention, security for the Speedway festival may not be eligible because the event isn’t part of the official convention proceedings. With a party ban on direct contributions from corporations, the host committee has raised less than $10 million, well short of its $36.6 million goal, said one of the people.
Republicans will also receive a $50 million grant for their four-day convention in Tampa, Florida, August 27-30.
Last week, the U.S. Senate voted 95-4 to end public funding for the both party’s national nominating conventions, adopting an amendment from Oklahoma Republican Tom Coburn.

Public Money

Coburn has argued that it’s hypocritical for lawmakers to spend public money on their party conventions after criticizing the General Services Administration for spending $823,000 on a 2010 conference near Las Vegas.
The nominating conventions are funded through a combination of public and private money. Congress has appropriated $100 million for security at the conventions with an additional $36 million going to the two parties for other convention expenses.
Republicans have not placed any restrictions on where they raise money and have secured corporate contributions from companies including AT&T Inc. (T), Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) and Coca-Cola Co. (KO), to meet their $55 million target.
Four years ago, corporate entities accounted for more than $33 million of the amount Democrats raised for the Denver convention, according to campaign finance reports. Democrats in Charlotte have a second committee, New American City Inc., that does accept corporate contributions and will help pay for some of the convention’s costs.

Labor Reluctant

In April, representatives of the major U.S. unions, including the AFL-CIO, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the United Auto Workers, were given a tour of the convention sites in Charlotte, as Democratic officials prepared to ask them to help cover their funding shortfall.
Labor organizations have been reluctant to contribute to the convention because Charlotte lacks unionized hotels and is in a state where compulsory union membership or the payment of dues is prohibited as an employment condition.
North Carolina is one of about a dozen states that Democratic and Republican strategists say are likely to determine the outcome of the presidential election. Democrats May Drop Speedway Event at Charlotte Convention

Friday, June 22, 2012

Leftist Media Supports the Fast and Furious Coverup

Agent Brian Terry
Fast and Furious - Leftist Media Sustains the Coverup
The Think Progress website is another great example of the permeation of the far-left ideology in the media and the extent of the bias and outright propaganda. Soros's support guarantees it. The ends justifies the means.  June 13, 2012 gave us this fabulous and hard-hitting piece on Fast and Furious.  TP's article is followed with the Facts and a nice video with Holder and Obama's words. Leftists are left with semantics and pedantics, lost in what "is" is or the 'deeper' meaning of TRUE and FALSE.
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Five Things To Know About The Republican Witchhunt Against Attorney General Holder

 In 2006, during the presidency of George W. Bush, the Justice Department launched the first of a series of misguided “gunrunning” schemes that eventually led to the death of federal Agent Brian Terry. Rather than look to ways to prevent such a tragedy from happening again, however, House Oversight Chair Darrell Issa’s (R-CA) spent his tenure as a committee chair trying unsuccessfully to embarrass Attorney General Eric Holder.
Next week, Issa plans to escalate this witchhunt by holding an committee vote on a resolution to hold the Attorney General in contempt of Congress. Here’s what you need to know about this vote:
1. Issa Has No Case: Issa’s uncovered no evidence showing Holder bears any blame for the botched operations begun under George W. Bush, even though the Justice Department turned over thousands of pages of documents concerning the operations. Instead of accepting this fact, Issa has requested many more documents containing confidential information regarding ongoing law enforcement investigations, and is now threatening to hold Holder in contempt if these documents are not turned over. Holder is entirely correct to withhold these documents, however, because Justice Department documents are not subject to congressional subpoena if they would reveal “strategies and procedures that could be used by individuals seeking to evade [DOJ's] law enforcement efforts.”
2. Reagan’s Justice Department Agreed With Holder: President Reagan’s Justice Department warned in the 1980s that the Constitution’s separation of powers prevents the kind of documents Issa is seeking from being revealed to Congress because of the risk that the legislature could “exert pressure or attempt to influence the prosecution of criminal cases.”
3. Law Enforcement Rejects Issa’s Witchhunt: Issa’s efforts to embarrass Holder are an unnecessary distraction that hinders the Department of Justice’s ability to do its real job. As an organization representing numerous senior law enforcement officials warned Issa, his efforts are “an impediment to the vigorous enforcement of violence and crime.”
4. Even Top Republicans Think Issa Goes Too Far: After Issa leaked his plans to pursue contempt charges to the media, the House Republican leadership pressured him to back off. Indeed, even House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) has indicated that Issa is overreaching.
5. Issa Is Fixated On A Conspiracy Theory: Perhaps the most bizarre aspect of this affair is what Issa once suggested his investigation will uncover. In an interview with Sean Hannity, Issa claimed that the Obama administration “made a crisis” when they continued the Bush-era gunrunning operations because they wanted to “us[e] this crisis to somehow take away or limit people’s Second Amendment rights.” This accusation originates from a former militiaman who supports violent resistance to imagined government attempts to seize his guns. And it amounts to an accusation that a series of botched gun stings that begun during the Bush Administration were actually part of a secret Obama plot to release guns to Mexican drug lords, so that those guns could then be used to kill federal agents, which would then cause a national uprising in support of gun control.
 Soros Financed 'Think Progress' article
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 Handy Links:
25 Rules of Disinformation
White House Falsely Blames Bush-Era Wide Receiver For Fast And Furious
ATF Fast and Furious: New documents show Attorney General Eric Holder was briefed in July 2010
Holder Retracts Statement Blaming Mukasey on Fast and Furious 
The Fast and Furious scandal is turning into President Obama's Watergate

Fast and Furious - From Assault Weapons Ban to Coverup


"Wide Receiver" was a much smaller program under George Bush with SIGNIFICANTLY different controls and criteria that ended in 2007. Watch  the video of Holder Explaining the 2010 communications insisting it was WIDE RECEIVER AND NOT FAST AND FURIOUS. Eric Holder is NOT believable. The left dwells in FALSE. 

Rahm Emanuel on the Opportunity of Crisis

 AG Holder: Congress Must Address "Public Safety Crisis" Of Gun Trafficking

Update  ATF leader’s email could be Fast and Furious smoking gun and Holder admitted Obama can’t shield it 

 Daily Caller: June 25, 2012
A single internal Department of Justice email could be the smoking-gun document in the Operation Fast and Furious scandal — if it turns out to contain what congressional investigators have said it does.
The document would establish that wiretap application documents show senior DOJ officials knew about and approved the gunwalking tactic in Fast and Furious. This is the opposite of what Attorney General Eric Holder and House oversight committee ranking Democratic member Rep. Elijah Cummings have claimed.
It appears that email would also prove senior DOJ officials, likely including Holder himself, knew in March 2011 that a Feb. 4, 2011 letter from the DOJ to Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley falsely denied guns were permitted to “walk” into Mexico. The DOJ allowed that false letter to stand for nine more months, only withdrawing it in December 2011.
During the June 24 broadcast of Fox News Sunday, House oversight committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa cited the email as a “good example” of a specific document his committee knows Holder is hiding from Congress.
“The ATF director, Kenneth Melson, sent an e-mail. And he had said to us in sworn testimony that, in fact, he had concerns,” Issa said. “And we want to see that e-mail because that’s an example where he was saying, if we believe his sworn testimony, that guns walked. And he said it shortly after February 4, and [on] July 4. When he told us that, we began asking for that document.”
But the details of it surfaced first when Grassley mentioned it for the first time publicly during a June 12 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing where Holder was testifying.
“He [Melson] immediately sent an email warning others, ‘back off the letter to Sen. Grassley in light of the information in the affidavits,’” Grassley explained.
#fastandfurious #widereceiver #ericholder #barackobama #opportunityofcrisis #shockdoctrine #BrianTerry #BorderAgent #mexico #gunrunning #departmentofjustice #doj #atf #coverup #assaultweapons #assaultweaponsban 

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Half-Truths and Half the Story - Local News Bias at KSTP

Leave it up to the old-media at KSTP to ignore the far-left bias in their presentation of the "news" stories. It cannot be accidental.  Just in the last week, Lauren Radomski brought us a few standout stories with implied racism or bigotry. Before that, however,we will first start with a search with Lauren Radomski with takeaction MN or Mark Ritchie which explains the leftist inter-connections and agenda further.
Takeaction MN Organizations:
Cathleen Cotter, MAPE
Phillip Cryan, SEIU Minnesota State Council
Carla Ferrucci, Minnesota Association for Justice
Monica Meyer, Outfront Minnesota
Mary Cathryn Ricker, Saint Paul Federation of Teachers
Hashi Shafi, Somali Action Alliance
** Complete Member Organizations will be listed at the Bottom**

Try a story in regard to the "democrat" Mark Ritchie in Lauren Radomski's reporting:
Voters to Decide Whether to Require IDs at Polls
Maybe some real political background on the leftist Mark Ritchie would include:
Mark Ritchie was the Secretary of State who certified Al Franken's win on a recount. He was a Sec of State Project candidate 
Since 2006 the Democracy Alliance, a left leaning influence group funded by George Soros among others, has had remarkable success in targeting and claiming Secretary of State's offices in 11 of 13 critical states they targeted, including Ohio, Minnesota and Iowa. It is called the Secretary of State Project.

Mark Ritchie was the Secretary of State who certified Al Franken's win on a recount. He was a Sec of State Project candidate and here's the result.

Foxnews:

(Mary) Kiffmeyer is "absolutely sure" that Ritchie's efforts to eliminate voting regulations ensured Franken's victory.
"The first thing he did when he got into office was to dismantle the ballot reconciliation program we started. Under that program districts are required to check that the number of ballots issued by matching them with the number of ballots cast," she said, "that way we know immediately that the vote count is accurate."
But that isn't what happened, she said. We now have 17,000 more ballots cast than there are voters who voted and no way to determine what went wrong. Why anyone would eliminate that basic check, I don't know," she said.
More on Mark Ritchie:

Exposed! Another top Dem was member of socialist party
 The New Party and Obama  Obama’s Third-Party History 
Maybe some background would point to George Soros's Open Society Page to show they march in lockstep. George Soros Open Society Foundations
'It doesn't matter who votes, it matters who counts the votes.'  

Instead we were treated to these other stories just this week by Lauren Radomski at KSTP

North Mpls. Bakery to Use Grant to Hire More Teen Workers


"A $25,000 grant is helping a north Minneapolis bakery hire more young people - good news for teenagers looking for summer jobs.
Cookie Cart will use the Youth RISE grant, along with other funding, to hire 145 teens this year. Fifty-five are on payroll now, with 20 hired so far this summer - and they're still adding staff.
The 15-to-17-year-olds who work at Cookie Cart do more than bake cookies. They also head to class to learn about topics like resumes, finances and customer service. The goal is to help teens gain the kind of employment and interpersonal skills that will help them be successful in the future"
Children- Last Vestige of Scoundrels

Interesting Background on this story might include the fact that this "bakery" is really a 501 c 3 and might look at the other donors and connections.
Second standout omission is the source of the funding for Youth Rise Soros's Open Society Foundation's Youth RISE International Network
Or the fact that their "hiring" standards violates equal employment and affirmative action laws. This is their breakdown of hiring for their Minneapolis Location.
Look at the racist hiring practices
 
 We won't have to investigate where Soros stands on the next issues and events, it happens to be the same as Obama's and Lauren Radomski's. Illegal Immigration and the abuse of executive powers by the socialist President are covered nicely in Obama's latest political-hack and unconstitutional manuever.  Obama Policy to Spare Many Youths From Deportation
 Where are the true facts in the debate? Just another puff piece to make it seem the Republicans are bigots and racists for opposing the mandate and the side without a valid argument. The progressives are left without shades of grey and now rely on lies that are exact opposites of the truth. Disinformation, the leftists only truths.

The same boilerplate formula. Emotional appeal and zero facts or real background. 
 Council Votes Down Permit for Islamic Center in St. Anthony 
Another puff piece eager to claim bigotry covered in the following blog:
 CAIR & ACLU Manufacture a Controversy


Obama and the Left would't know truth,reality or the Constitution

 The leftists cannot dwell in the Constitution, but in the slippery slope of rulings of unqualified progressive justices. Leftists cannot dwell in facts, just implications of class warfare, sexism or racism which make great soundbites for the news.  News that is placed/timed/coordinated by the White House with the leftist media. Inside Media Matters: Sources, memos reveal erratic behavior, close coordination with White House and news organizations
Funding sources:  Grants to Media Matters for America

  #georgesoros #opensociety #cookiecart #grants #northminneapolis #kstp #Lauren Radomski #propaganda #vetthemedia #obama2012 #takeaction #seiu #markritchie #newparty #communists #socialists #takeactionmn #mape #mft #mnnoc #outfrontmn


'I  Can See for Miles' by The Who

The following list is the TakeAction MN coalition- Check out MNNOC as a great example
Obama ACORN & Sunday Alabi - DBA MNNOC


TakeAction MN 

MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS


ADVOCATING CHANGE TOGETHER (ACT)

http://www.selfadvocacy.org/
ACT is a non-profit disability rights organization that works to build leaders and organize around the reality of life for people with disabilities: poor living conditions, low-paying jobs, isolation, and discrimination in housing and public services.

CLEAN WATER ACTION ALLIANCE

http://www.cleanwateraction.org/
Through grassroots organizing, expert policy research, and political advocacy focused on holding elected officials accountable to the public, Clean Water Action is an organization working to protect America's waters, build healthy communities, and to make democracy work for all of us.

CENTRO DE TRABAJADORES UNIDOS EN LUCHA

http://ctul.net/
CTUL is an organization where workers build power to lead the struggle for fair wages, better working conditions, basic respect, and a voice in our workplaces. We are an organization of workers and for workers, committed to winning this struggle and in doing so, create a better future for the next generation.

COMMUNICATION WORKERS STATE COUNCIL

http://www.cwamncouncil.org/
The Communications Worker State Council brings together workers from five sectors: telecommunications, broadcasting, industry and manufacturing, newspapers, and flight attendants.

COMMUNITY ACTION OF MINNEAPOLIS

http://www.campls.org/
Community Action of Minneapolis is a leader in dealing with poverty holistically. They provide quality and culturally sensitive programs and services while working to promote open dialogue between including community action agencies, public officials, schools, churches, employers, and people who live in poverty.

EDUCATION MINNESOTA

http://www.educationminnesota.org/
Education Minnesota is the leading advocate for public education in Minnesota. Members work in pre-K-12 schools and higher education institutions statewide - getting involved with issues that affect educators and their students, mentoring new teachers, and offering professional development.

IUE-CWA

http://www.iue-cwa.org/
As the Industrial Division of CWA, IUE-CWA represents a force of 150,000 active and retired men and women united collectively to seek dignity on the job and a secure future for workers and their families. They focus on organizing the unorganized, unionizing the organized, political and legislative efforts, community involvement, coalition building, and social action.

ISUROON

http://www.isuroon.org/en/
Isuroon is a culturally appropriate education, communication, and advocacy organization for Somali women and health care providers. The ultimate goal of Isuroon is to provide Somali women with educational and informational resources to ensure that their cultural and spiritual traditions effectively interact with Western medical practices.

LAND STEWARDSHIP PROJECT

http://www.landstewardshipproject.org/
The Land Stewardship Project is a grassroots membership organization made up of farmers, rural residents, and urban allies that was founded to promote stewardship for farmland, sustainable agriculture, and sustainable communities.

MINNEAPOLIS FEDERATION OF TEACHERS

http://www.mft59.org/
As a union of teachers, paraprofessionals, and school related personel, the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers works to enhance the work environment for their members and give them a voice in the decisions that affect them.

MINNESOTA ASSOCIATION FOR JUSTICE

http://www.mnaj.org/
The Minnesota Association for Justice is comprised of a network of attorneys, paralegals, and students that are dedicated to justice for all. Through seminars, conventions, and regular publications they remained informed on the issues that are pressing to our state and they impact legislation through their lobbying efforts.

MINNESOTA COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS

http://www.mnhomelesscoalition.org/
Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless aims to generate policies, community support, and local resources for housing and services to end homelessness in Minnesota. Member organizations shape the legislative priorities, training opportunities, and community education efforts as they work to ensure safe, decent, and affordable housing for everybody in our state.

MN NEIGHBORHOODS ORGANIZING FOR CHANGE

http://www.mnnoc.org
Minnesota Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC) is a new non-profit committed to building power in low-income and moderate-income neighborhoods through community organizing, civic engagement, and education. NOC is a member-funded and member-run organization that takes on the social and economic justice issues that impact our community the most.

MINNESOTA NURSES ASSOCIATION

http://www.mnnurses.org
Since 1905, Minnesota Nurses Association members have effectively influenced health care policy and practice. And today, no other agency is better prepared than the Minnesota Nurses Association to insist on and facilitate the change needed to ensure quality healthcare in Minnesota.

OUTFRONT MINNESOTA

http://www.outfront.org/home
OutFront Minnesota is a leader in making our state a place where GLBT Minnesotans have the freedom, power, and confidence to make the best choices for their own lives. They deliver programs and services to the GLBT and allied community centered around public policy, anti-violence, education and training, and the law.

PROTECT MINNESOTA

http://protectmn.org/
Protect Minnesota is the only non-profit organization working solely to prevent gun violence. We are a state-wide organization representing Minnesotans who want to change the discussion about gun violence and advocate for common sense concerning issues surrounding this issue. We can do this through education, through advocacy and through passion for the belief that we can prevent gun injuries and deaths.

SAINT PAUL FEDERATION OF TEACHERS

http://spft.locals.educationminnesota.org/
The Saint Paul Federation of Teachers strives to create better schools for children and for better working conditions for all who work there. They address both continuing and new issues that arise in education.

SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION (SEIU) HEALTHCARE

http://www.seiuhealthcare.org/
SEIU Healthcare brings together workers from across the health care sector to improve the lives of the union members and for all those they provide service to. They are leading advocates for affordable healthcare for all, with a special emphasis on dismantling enduring systemic healthcare inequalities.

SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION (SEIU) LOCAL 26

http://www.seiu26.org/
SEIU Local 26 is Minnesota's Property Services Union, uniting more than 5,000 janitors, security officers, and window cleaners in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. SEIU unites more than 225,000 property services workers nationally, and over 1.9 million including workers in healthcare and the public sector.

SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION (SEIU) LOCAL 63

SEIU Local 63 represents over 400 building maintenance workers in the Minneapolis schools.

SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION (SEIU) MINNESOTA STATE COUNCIL

http://www.seiumn.org/
The SEIU Minnesota State Council is building political power for Minnesota's workers to help ensure that workers, not just corporations and CEOs, are benefiting from today's global economy.

SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION (SEIU) LOCAL 284

http://www.seiu284.org/
SEIU Local 284 represents people who work as school bus drivers, custodians, child care workers, paraprofessionals, clerical employees, and other school support staff on issues such as child care, education funding, health care, pensions, and student transportation.

SOMALI ACTION ALLIANCE

http://www.somaliactionalliance.org/
The Somali Action Alliance brings together the Somali community to build leaders, power, and social capital by understanding public policy and expanding civic engagement among members of this immigrant community.

SPIRIT OF TRUTH

http://www.spiritoftruthtwincities.org/
Spirit of Truth is a faith community from the Judeo-Christian tradition that strives to put love and justice at the center of everything they do. They are a community of organizers and social activists, of many religious and non-religious backgrounds, who practice faith in weekly song-and-prayer gatherings, in strategic campaigns, and on the streets, taking action for the things we believe in.

UNITE HERE!

http://www.local21.com/
The union UNITE HERE! gives hospitality and laundry workers in Southern Minnesota a means to fight for better wages, benefits, and working conditions - ensuring that these jobs in the service sector provide a decent standard of living and that our community is a better place to live and work.

UNITED FOOD AND COMMERCIAL WORKERS (UFCW) LOCAL 1189

http://www.ufcw1189.org/
UFCW Local 1189 represents workers in retail, health care, meatpacking, manufacturing, and food processing industries, as well as pharmacists, paramedics, barbers, and truck drivers. Together, they find a voice in the workplace.

UNITED TRANSPORTATION UNION (UTU)

http://www.utu.org/
The United Transprotation Union is "The Voice of Transportation Labor", connecting railroad, bus, and mass transit workers on issues that are important to them.

WOMENWINNING

http://www.womenwinning.org/
The mission of womenwinning is to encourage, promote and support pro-choice women's leadership in all political parties and levels of public office.