Fri.April 18 on CATALYST: pt.2 THE SHOWDOW WAR/WATER w/activist-poet SUSU JEFFREY

A breathtaking global journey about water is explored in a new film WATERMARK opening APRIL 18 at LAGOON CINEMA in uptown Minneapolis. This is the film site http://burtynsky-water.com/watermark/trailer/ 

 We have a conversation with (& poetry from) Twin Cities activist-poet SUSU JEFFREY on water issues--including proposed SW-LRT route through the uptown Minneapolis chain of lakes and other water issues. ACTION INFO BELOW. Plus: Part 2 of interview with the WE Theater creators of THE SHOWDOW WAR (details below) http://www.wetheater.org/theshadowwar/ (part 1 is archived APril 11th eiditon of CATALYST www.kfai.org)

EVENTS:

SOUTHWEST LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT

is a FLAWED PLAN

 

This is a water issue like the tar sands pipeline in N. MN.  UNFAIR to Minneapolis residents

--2 tunnels south & east of Cedar Lake threaten recharge --Cuts through established parkland

--Avoids city populated areas http://www.swlrtcommunityworks.org/map --Final stop is Target Field, not an office area in the city that drives Minnesota business

--Doubles time from Eden Prairie to downtown from 20-minutes on the express bus to 40-minutes --Costs $1.67 billion!

--Minneapolis Mayor, City Council and Park Board oppose.  PLEASE PHONE Gov. Dayton 651-201-3400 & Mayor Hodges 612-673-2100 and say "Reroute the SW LRT"

****FRI.APRIL 18: Annual Planned Parenthood Solidarity Day tomorrow, April 18 – Good Friday. Please review what’s below for details and reminders, and we’ll see you tomorrow!

Solidarity Day runs from 9:00 a.m. and to 4:00 p.m. Stop by for as long as you can, and bring along any friends, regardless if they registered ahead of time or not. All are welcome!

Parking is limited in our neighborhood. Please carpool, bike or take the bus if you can. The 16, 50 and 87 bus routes come down University Avenue. Please also be aware that there is currently construction all along University Avenue and at the Vandalia Street intersection. We recommend you park west of our building closer to Raymond Avenue and walk over – consider exiting 94 via 280 rather than Vandalia. Regardless of how you arrive here, you must enter our demonstration area at the corner of Pillsbury Street and Charles Street.

Weather won't stop this outdoor event! Forecasts are predicting a high of 52 degrees with little chance of rain. We will not have shelter for all our supporters, so please plan accordingly. Umbrellas will be permitted in our demonstration area.

Signs will be provided to you. Please do not bring homemade signs or clothing. Professionally produced signs from our partner organizations like NOW, NARAL, RCRC, etc., will be allowed.

Food will be available for purchase from Potter's Pasties and Fork in the Road food trucks from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Complimentary beverages (coffee, lemonade, water) will be provided by Roasted Joe's.

Restrooms will be available in the form of portable toilets just outside our demonstration area. Only staff will be permitted into our health center on this day, as we are open for business and patient services.

Pledge-a-Protestor opportunities will be available at the event via cash, check or credit card. T-shirts will also be on sale for $15.

We're planning an engaging, entertaining and inspiring day for you. In addition to a photobooth, trivia game and story booth, you can expect the following throughout the day: 

 

Through APRIL 27: THE SHADOW WAR is a new play exploring the interaction between Hmong, Lao, and American perspectives of the CIA's Secret War in 1970s Laos. It is the story of five characters whose lives and destinies were woven together by the tragic circumstances of America's "shadow" clandestine war in Laos, the Vietnam War's "shadow" second front. With the U.S. government maintaining the secrecy of its military involvement in "neutral" Laos, the CIA trained the mostly Hmong Secret Army to fight the communist Pathet Lao and repel the invading North Vietnamese Army. A CIA station chief and his wife, their Hmong housekeeper, the Pathet Lao agent working with the station chief, and the housekeeper’s combatant brother tell their personal stories of the war.

Written by: Amy Russell
Directed by: Teresa Mock
Created by: Sandy’Ci Moua, Erik Hoover, Song Kim, Flora Bare, Gregory Yang, Kristi Ternes, Mike Grogan, Britni Totzki, and Nathan Schilz. In collaboration with the Center for Hmong Studies and the Lao Assistance Center.
 

Performances: April 16 – 27, 2014

The Wellstone Center, 179 Robie Street E, St. Paul, MN. Map.

Shows start at 7:30 p.m. Matinees on April 19 and 27 at 2 p.m.
ASL Interpreted Performance: April 19;  Audio Described Performance: April 26   
 email wetheaterinfo@gmail.com Community Panel Discussions: April 16, 17, 18, 19
Members of the SGU Veterans and Families Development of USA will participate in community panel discussions after performances on April 16, 17, 18, and 19. Merl Pugh, a former White Star CIA operative, will also be participating in panel discussions on April 16 and 17.        

********APRIL 28-MAY 14: UNTOLD STORIES OF LABOR

go to www.thefriends.org for details of events!

***SAT.MAY 3, 7:30pm: FOR PETE'S SAKE:Celebrating Pete Seeger's 95th Birthday****************************
The Fitzgerald Theater, 10 East Exchange Street, St.Paul 55101 www.communitycelebraton.org
 
(Tickets $40 , proceeds from For Pete’s Sake go to Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) Freedom School in south Minneapolis. **

Singers, musicians, spoken word artists, social leaders, and filmmakers will honor one of the world's most influential folksingers, Pete Seeger, May 3rd, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm, at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul. Members of Pete Seeger’s family will be in attendance.

A SING-A-LONG CELEBRATION WITH: ROBERT ROBINSON PRUDENCE JOHNSON JOHN GORKA ESTAIRE GODINEZ CHASTITY BROWN LARRY LONG JOYFUL NOIZE PETER OSTROUSHKO WAUBANEWQUAY DAY ANN REED DAN CHOUINARD TONIA HUGHES CYRIL PAUL KEVIN FUHRMAN BRIAN BARNES BRITTANY DELANEY MITCH WALKING ELK COURTNEY YASMINEH AIMEE BRYANT PATTY KAKAC BARB TILSEN POP WAGNER TONY GLOVER CHARLIE MAGUIRE MARC ANDERSON JOE SAVAGE CAMERON WRIGHT LORNA HER MANY HORSES TIMOTHY FRANTZICH and ASL INTERPRETED