June 18, 2024

DFL Friends–

We are going to try a shift in timing of this newsletter, at least for election season 2024. Enough is happening that we will try for a shorter weekly summary instead of a longer monthly one, as long as there is important info to send.  If you have items to share, please get them to the above email address by Thursday evening.  We will do our best to get them out by early the next week.


              Events and Info This Week

  •  June Monthly SD31 Meeting
  • DFL Coffee Break and Neighborhood Network News
  • Gadisa Berkessa- Candidate for House seat 31B
  • Dara Grimmer— New candidate for 31A House seat
  • School Board Adds More Meetings
  • Parades and Events this summer
  • Links You Can Use


SD31 DFL Meeting Thursday June 20

Join other DFL friends for our monthly gathering- meet and support candidates; Vote on endorsement of candidate Dara Grimmer

6 pm Social gathering, Business Meeting 630-8 pm — Andover Community Center

DFL COFFEE BREAK every Saturday Morning

A time to get together and visit with DFL friends— about politics and whatever else…

8:30- 11 am @ Starbucks in Andover Target- 2000 Bunker Lake Blvd

Saturdays:  June 22, June 29, July 6

Neighborhood Network News:  We Need Volunteers! 

The Neighborhood Network is expanding our reach and we need some people to help activate sleepy Democrats. It amounts to signing a few letters and addressing envelopes to nearby fellow Democrats. Two or three times before the election.

Call or email Charlie if you can help out.  763.200.1078 or

It will be greatly appreciated and it will make a big difference this Fall. 

Gadisa Berkessa – Candidate for House Seat 31B

Here is a link for donations to Gadisa’s Campaign:

Contact us to learn more or volunteer:

Dara Grimmer – New Candidate for 31A House Seat

Dara has filed to be a candidate for the state house seat in 31A— Ramsey and western Andover.  She plans to connect with our monthly meeting Thursday 6/20 (see above).  Stay tuned for more info.

School Board Adds More Meetings

The Board has added more meetings to work through their review of curriculum and training. Meeting times will be shared as soon as we have them.  Please continue to support the students and faculty of Anoka-Hennepin School District.   

Regular Meetings 6:30 pm @ Sandburg Education Center, Anoka, 1902 2nd Ave (Comment Allowed)

Work Sessions 5:30 pm @ Education Services Center, Anoka, 2727 Ferry St  (No Comments Allowed)

6/24- Regular

7/15- Regular + Working session?

Parades and Events this Summer: Help Needed!

* We need volunteers and marchers for these events!

*6/29    Saturday                *Ham Lake “Freedom Days”

*7/2    Tuesday                *Coon Rapids Parade- line up at 5:30 pm

*7/12    Friday- 7/13 Saturday    Andover “FamilyFun Fest” and Parade

7/23     Tuesday- 7/28 Sunday    Anoka County Fair

9/7    Saturday                       Linwood Parade

Links You Can Use

6/18– 7 pm.   Attack from Within: How Disinformation is Sabotaging America

Clean Elections MN Zoom Webinar


6/19:  Burbfest by North Suburban Center for the Arts – Saturday July 19th.


6/22:  World Refugee Day: Saturday June 22 – 10:30-5 PM, Centennial Park, Brooklyn Center


6/21-22:  Thursday & Friday:  Twin Cities Jazz Festival- St Paul MN


Stop for-profit insurers from taking over our health care

Commentary fro the Minnesota Reformer by Aija Nemer-Aanerud & Rose Roach


Alito, Thomas & Trump: A Betrayal of the Founders’ & Framers’ Ideals

No matter how hard Republicans try to reinvent the Founders & Framers in the image of their libertarian billionaire patrons, the reality is that America was history’s first great liberal experiment…

Thom Hartmann Report


Minnesota Poll: Biden leads Trump in Minnesota, but more independents leaning Trump

KARE 11 Story

Groups who presented at our Democracy Fair:

SEED-MN:  State Elections Empower Democracy—   (Health Care for All Minnesota)  (DFL Environmental Caucus)  (Ranked choice voting)  (Gun Storage Safety)


Other links of interest:   (Environmental Work Group) 



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Thank you to all who are working to support our candidates and our informational efforts.  Every little bit can make a big difference!

Watch for fireflies— we saw some the other night…
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Our Core Values:  A Good Economy for Working Families; Fighting Hatred and Racism; Liberty and Justice for ALL— including Women’s rights and reproductive freedom; Taking care of our Home– the Earth

Our Moral Guideposts:  Love Your Neighbor; Truth, Justice and Compassion; Non-Violence; Showing up to Do Your Part


June 7, 2024

DFL Friends–
Since the last newsletter, we have become aware of a few important new items, and some are time-sensitive.  So here they are:



League of Women Voters Ice Cream Social and Legislative Session Update

Monday, June 10

Andover Community Center and Zoom
15200 Hanson Blvd NW, Andover

6:30 – online and in person socializing

7:00 – program begins

Before the Legislative Session began, LWVMN identified our top priorities as Redistricting Reform, the Minnesota Equal Rights Amendment, Climate Change, Ranked Choice Voting, Money in Politics and End of Life Options.

Sam Streukens, LWVMN Civic Engagement Director, will share our successes and failures, and plans for the future.


Clean Elections Minnesota Webinar

Join us for a Clean Elections MN Conversation with NBC Legal Analyst
Author of critically acclaimed Book
How Disinformation is Sabotaging America
June 18
7 PM
CoHosted by Common Cause

Professor and legal analyst Barbara McQuade will explore the dangers of the widespread disinformation campaign being waged to undercut Americans’ faith in our democratic systems. Professor McQuade will be interviewed by Lori Sturdevant, distinguished columnist and author with a deep understanding of Minnesota history and politics.

World’s most serious threat: disinformation and misinformation

In January, the World Economic Forum published its 2024 “Global Risks Report.” Nearly 1,500 international experts came together to assess the most serious challenges facing the world, from climate change to economic disparities. Their conclusion is that the most serious threat over the next two years comes from misinformation and disinformation.”

Tom Horner, Politics and Policy at the Innovative Center



Wednesday June 12, Monday June 17, Wednesday June 19, Tuesday July 9

National Constitution Center Webinars

Can the Constitution Revive the American Dream?

Wednesday, June 12 | Noon ET

Delve into a discussion of two new books examining the Constitution as America’s religion, its role in fostering the American dream, and whether it holds the power to reignite it, with Yuval Levin, author of American Covenant: How the Constitution Unified Our Nation—and Could Again, and Aziz Rana, author of The Constitutional Bind: How Americans Came to Idolize a Document That Fails ThemJeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, moderates. Learn more

The Intellectual Origins of the Founding and Civil War Constitution

Monday, June 17 | Noon ET

Political theorist William B. Allen, editor and translator of a new edition of Montesquieu’s The Spirit of the Laws, and Alison LaCroix, author of The Interbellum Constitution: Union, Commerce, and Slavery in the Age of Federalisms, explore the intellectual foundations—from Montesquieu and beyond—of the U.S. constitutional vision and core values from America’s founding through the Civil War. 

Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, moderates. Learn more


A Conversation on Black Leadership With Eddie Glaude Jr.

Wednesday, June 19 | 2 p.m. ET (NEW TIME)

In celebration of Juneteenth, join political commentator and bestselling author Eddie Glaude Jr. for a discussion on his newest book. In We Are the Leaders We Have Been Looking For, Glaude explores how ordinary people, through the examples of leading Black Americans Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and Ella Baker, have the capacity to achieve a more just and perfect democracy.

Thomas Donnelly, chief content officer at the National Constitution Center, hosts the discussion. Learn more


2024 Annual Supreme Court Review

Tuesday, July 9 | Noon1:30 p.m. ET 

Distinguished legal scholars and Supreme Court analysts Erwin Chemerinsky, Miguel Estrada, Mary Anne Franks, Gregory G. Garre, and Frederick Lawrence will discuss, in a conversation moderated by journalist Amy Howe, the important cases of the term including social media moderation, deference to administrative agencies, reproductive rights, and presidential criminal liability. They will also discuss what to expect at the Supreme Court next year. In the wake of the tragic events of October 7,

Dahlia Lithwick will provide video remarks on behalf of ADL about the related sexual assaults and potential legal remedies. Learn more


SD31 Communications

Our Core Values: Working Families; Fighting Hatred; Liberty and Justice for ALL; Care for the Earth

Our Moral GuidepostsLove Your Neighbor; Truth, Justice and Compassion; Non-Violence; Showing up to Do Your Part