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Date Tue, 31 May 2005 09:51:21 +0300

Although events from Minneapolis Anti-Racist Action have been
far between, there have been a significant few. Last summer ARA
teamed up with the Lesbian Avengers and the Housman
Community Center Gay-Strait Alliance to tussle with the prudes
from "Love Won Out". This is the movement that attempts to
'cure' queer people of the gay disease that hedonistic ways have
spread. We were able to infiltrate their workshops, execute banner
drops, hold an impromptu same-sex kiss-in, and picket during
their picnic lunch hour. As summer closed out, ARAs nationwide
converged in NYC to represent in actions against the Republican
National Convention. We stuck together as a contingent in several
of the actions, we had a hand in planning the Pro-Immigrant/Anti-INS
rally, and we formed the militant section of the March for Women's
Lives. We also organized clinic defense for the NYC abortion
providers being targeted by Operation Witness, pro-Bush/anti-choicers
from out of town.

Upon our return to Minneapolis, we had a visit from Fred
Phelps to contend with. On his Minneapolis stop-over, this
virulent homophobe, fundamentalist zealot, fanatic anti-Semite
was met with a crowd of unapologetic, loud, and demonstrative
queers. In fact, we followed him wherever he intended to spew his
"God hates fags…" gospels, and were able to out-shout him every
time. For the record, he hates Swedish people, too. In October,
Minneapolis hosted the North American ARA conference.
Activists from all over the U.S. and Canada came to the Twin
Cities to check in with local efforts, chop it up about current
events, and strategize where best to use our energy. Thanks to
Food Not Bombs and Sin Fronteras Video Productions for helping
Minneapolis ARA host a tight show.

Wrapping up, this January's Roe vs. Wade anniversary was
ARAs 3rd annual Chili for Choice rally. ARA held the fort for
reproductive choice on the lawn of the state capitol—against
swarms of anti-choicers and in sub-zero windchills. Luckily, we
had the passion to brave that creepy crowd and the chili to keep us
warm. For the future? Look for a new chapter starting out in St.
Cloud, join our sporadic picketing of "fake clinics", and The
ational Right to Life conference is coming to Minneapolis… ARA
and all interested parties should start planning soon! You can
email us:

arampls@hotmail.com or check out our website:

Update from FWD-MN

Last July, folks from all the worker co-ops and collectives in town
were invited to attend a mixer at the Seward Cafe. The event was
an opportunity to eat, drink, mingle and talk about our hopes and
goals for the local worker co-op/collective movement. Here we
affirmed that 1) our region is home to a vibrant worker
co-op/collective scene, and 2) all of our worker co-ops, collective
businesses and volunteer collectives could benefit from a stronger,
formalized network.

Follow up meetings were arranged, and eventually we formed
The Federation of Workplace Democracies in Minnesota
(FWD-MN, pronounced ‘forward in Minnesota’). Our
goal, basically, is to articulate and extend the ideals and
connections shared by local worker coo-ops and collectives.

The federation’s purpose is to:

-provide support for the continued success

of democratic workplaces

-Create and encourage opportunities for

new democratic workplaces

-Spread knowledge and awareness of demo

cratic workplaces

The federation is based on the values of:



-Participatory democracy


-Sustainable development

Toward these goals, we have outlined a comprehensive
structure for the federation, which will include a Planning Board, a
Communications Committee, a Mutual Aid/Education Committee
and a Marketing/Education Committee. We have organized
workshops on bookkeeping and marketing and initiated
cross-marketing campaigns. We have been awarded a grant by The
Cooperative Foundation, a St. Paul-based organization that
supports innovative cooperative projects, and we plan to sponsor
more events and projects to benefit worker co-ops and collectives.

Currently, the federation is working to increase membership. To
date, Seward Café, Spokes Pizza collective, Northland Poster
Collective, Umoja Drum and music Co-op and Roots and Fruits
Produce have agreed to sign on. We are still seeking volunteers to
serve on the Board and the committees. We need the input and
participation of as many democratic businesses and organizations
as possible in order to effectively support the worker
co-op/collective movement in Minnesota.

For more information about our past efforts, current projects and
future plans, please visit www.mncooperate.org, and look under the
‘activity’ section. If you’re a member of a democratic
workplace and you’d like to join the FWD-MN list serve, email
Tom at tom.pierson@gmail.com, and simply let him know where
you’re from and that you’d like t o join the list. After
joining, you will be able to access past meeting notes and receive
frequent updates. The Web site above also has general information
about worker co-ops, collectives and related organizations.

Update from Minneapolis Food Not Bombs

Minneapolis Food Not Bombs is back to serving weekly. After a
whole winter of not being able to find a decent place to cook and
serve indoors, we’ve finally gotten things figured out and have
resumed our regular schedule. We are currently serving at 7pm on
Wednesdays at Peavey Park (at the intersection of Franklin and
Chicago). We also have a couple of special events lined up, so be
sure to check out Sexy Spring and CLIT Fest for more awesome
food. To volunteer, come talk to us at the park or e-mail

Update from Seeds of Peace

Seeds of Peace is a collectively run non-profit organization of
volunteers that provides culinary support to activists at various
events. Seeds of Peace is relatively new to Minneapolis, but the
organization itself was formed out of the anti-nuke movement of
the 1980s.

So far, members from Minneapolis have served food at the DNC
and RNC events of last summer, as well as the
counter-inauguration in January. Most recently, Seeds of Peace
travelled to Louisville, Kentucky to cook for the Coalition of
Immokalee Workers and their allies during a week-long series of
events at the culmination of the Taco Bell Truth Tour.

This summer, we’ll be cooking for a number of local
events, as well travelling to Philadelphia for the Bio-Devestation
conference in June, and probably some other places too!

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