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  • Thursday, March 03, 2011

    Minneapolis, MN Focus

    A reminder from the Minneapolis AFL-CIO:

    March 25, 2011 marks 100th anniversary of Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City

    From the Minneapolis Labor Review, February 25, 2011

    March 25, 1911: Fire broke out in New York City’s Triangle Shirtwaist Factory and 146 workers, mostly young Jewish and Italian immigrant women, died. Exit doors had been locked, elevators failed, fire escapes crumbled, and the fire department’s ladders did not reach high enough. In the aftermath of this disaster, the owners were acquitted of responsibility by a jury. But, immigrant women garment workers across the city built up the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union and negotiated economic and physical security, while the city government enacted new regulations about workplace safety and inspections. The tragedy became a landmark event in U.S. labor history, building support nationwide for efforts to improve workplace safety and to organize unions.

    For more on the Triangle fire and its legacy: www.ilr.cornell.edu/trianglefire/

    In the Twin Cities, Jewish Community Action will sponsor a series of events commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Triangle fire, including films, speakers, and tours:
    www.minneapolisunions.org/mlr2011-2-25_triangle_jca.php

    For events in other cities across the nation, visit: www.rememberthetrianglefire.org.


    I actually worked in the building where the fire occurred. It was quite a feeling each anniversary to realize what had gone on right where I was working. This was the serious start of not just the labor movement but also fire safety in the United States. It was a key event in our history and I am glad it is being commemorated outside of NYC where it is remembered each and every year.

    PROGRESSIVE TALK RADIO MINNEAPOLIS:
    AM950 KTNF
    Check out their program schedule here.

    Check out their calendar of local Minneapolis events here.

    Sign up for their mailing list here.

    Check out their recommended books for Progressives here, or visit their book store partner:

    Check out our new bookstore Partner: Common Good Bookstore at Western and Selby just south of Highway 94 below Nina's Cafe. You can browse their wonderful selection or order online at Common Good Books.com


    CURRENT TV:
    Current TV, founded by Al Gore, includes some of the best journalism in America today. In particular their Vanguard series is amazing and should not be missed by ANYONE who wants to know in depth coverage of some of the major stories in the world.

    In most areas Current TV is available on:
    DIRECTV Channel 358
    DISH Network Channel 196
    Comcast Digital: Channel 107
    AT&T U-Verse: Channel 189

    Check out their program schedule here.


    Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation

    Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation is the umbrella organization of Minneapolis area local unions and includes 121 affiliated unions. Affiliated with the AFL-CIO, the Minneapolis RLF's mission is to organize in the community for social and economic justice for all working people.

    The MRLF office is located at the Minneapolis United Labor Center, Suite 542, 312 Central Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55414 (corner of Central Ave. and University Ave.). Phone: 612-379-4206. Fax: 612-379-1307.

    The Labor Community Services Food Shelf:

    If you're a union member in need of emergency food assistance, please contact Community Services at 612-379-8133.


    Gente de Minnesota: El Periodico de nuestra gente en Minnesota http://www.gentedeminnesota.com/index.php
    Latino Communications Network
    1516 E. Lake Street Suite #200
    Minneapolis, MN 55407
    Phone: 612.729.5900 Fax: 612.729.5999
    email: juancarlos@lcnmedia.com

    Latino Communications Network also owns "La Invasora 1400", KLNV 1400 AM, a radio station born out of the "A Day Without Immigrants" rallies.


    MINNEAPOLIS DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA:

    The local Minneapolis affiliate of Howard Dean's Democracy for America. The progressive grassroots at its best.

    We meet on the first Wednesday of each month at Diamonds Coffee Shoppe, 1618 Central Ave. NE, Minneapolis--three blocks north of Broadway.


    NAACP Minneapolis
    From the ballot box to the classroom, the dedicated workers, organizers, and leaders who forged this great organization and maintain its status as a champion of social justice, fought long and hard to ensure that the voices of African Americans would be heard. For one hundred years, the talent and tenacity of NAACP members have saved lives and changed many negative aspects of American society.

    Here is the local branch of the NAACP:

    Minneapolis NAACP
    310 E. 38TH STREET
    Minneapolis, MN 55409
    612-822-8205

    Find NAACP related events in Minneapolis here.


    MINNEAPOLIS DRINKING LIBERALLY:
    "Promoting Democracy one Pint at a Time"

    For those who like to combine social interaction with political action, please enjoy this local Drinking Liberally group:

    Every Thursday of each month, 6:00 pm
    331 Club, 331 13th Ave NE (13th and University in Northeast Minneapolis)


    MINNEAPOLIS DEMOCRATIC-FARM-LABOR PARTY:
    Minneapolis DFL
    PO Box 58-1396
    Minneapolis, MN 55458-1396

    To get involved with your local Democratic-Farm-Labor Party, please contact:
    The Coordinated Campaign has an office at 312 Central Ave SE, suite #298.
    Phone number: (612) 367-8380
    email: volunteer@mpls.dfl.org


    Food Co-ops in Minneapolis:
    Food Co-ops are an excellent way of getting healthy food at reasonable prices.

    Seward Co-op Grocery & Deli
    2823 East Franklin Avenue
    Minneapolis, Minnesota 55406
    Phone: (612) 338-2465
    FAX: (612) 338-6267
    cust@seward.coop
    http://www.seward.coop/

    Eastside Food Co-op
    2551 Central Avenue
    Minneapolis, Minnesota 55418
    Phone: (612) 788-0950
    FAX: (612) 781-2324
    amy@eastsidefood.coop
    http://www.eastsidefood.coop/

    Wedge Community Co-op
    2105 Lyndale Avenue South
    Minneapolis, Minnesota 55405
    Phone: (612) 871-3993
    FAX: (612) 871-0734
    wedge@wedge.coop
    http://www.wedge.coop

    North County Cooperative Grocery
    1929 S 5th
    Minneapolis, Minnesota 55454
    Phone: (612) 338-3110
    FAX: (612) 692-8721
    http://www.northcountrycoop.com/

    Linden Hills Natural Home
    2822 West 43rd Street
    Minneapolis,Minnesota 55410
    Phone: (612) 279-2479
    FAX: (612) 922-5538
    info@lindenhills.coop
    www.lindenhills.coop


    GREEN BUSINESSES IN THE MINNEAPOLIS AREA: These are some of the best local businesses around. Taken from the Green America Green Pages

    Green Career Tracks
    www.greencareertracks.com
    Special offer for Green Pages™ readers: 10% off three-month plan.
    "Want to work for a sustainable world?" Green careers are being created daily in environmental industries and green business opportunities. Free ½-hr consultation to get started.
    Phone: (612)822-0288
    4132 Park Ave.
    Minneapolis, MN 55407

    Peace Coffee
    www.peacecoffee.com
    "Commit to your beans and your bike!" An alternative approach to coffee based on the belief that coffee should reward your taste buds while respecting coffee farmers and the environment. 100% Fair Trade, organic, and shade grown. Micro-roasted, delivered by bike and biodiesel van in the Twin Cities.
    Phone: (888)324-7872
    2801 21st Ave. S
    Ste. 130
    Minneapolis, MN 55407

    Coffee and Tea, Ltd.
    www.coffeeandtealtd.com
    Special offer for Green Pages™ readers: Free freight on mail orders over $50 with mention of the National Green Pages™.
    Has a very large selection of Fair Trade Certified™ coffees. All mail orders are roasted after you place your order.
    Phone: (612)920-6344
    Fax: (612)920-6344
    2730 W. 43rd St.
    Minneapolis, MN 55410-1656

    Cooperative Grocer Magazine
    www.cooperativegrocer.coop
    Special offer for Green Pages™ readers: Free sample issue.
    Trade magazine for food co-op board members, staff, and managers, plus other food co-op publications including a comprehensive national directory.
    Phone: (612)436-9182
    Fax: (612)692-8563
    c/0 Triangle Park Creative
    2600 E. Franklin Ave.
    Minneapolis, MN 55406

    Franklin National Bank
    www.franklinbankmpls.com
    "At Franklin Bank, we have a mission... well, actually, it's a passion for improving the urban community. Our vision is to be the leader in improving the urban community. Everyday we work hard to find new ways to use our resources to improve life in urban Minneapolis. We believe social responsibility based on solid partnerships is vital for the success of our communities. We embrace diversity and support the individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations who work tirelessly to: create jobs, build affordable housing, help individuals reach their goals, and improve the quality of life for all of us. We are a locally owned, CDFI certified community bank, offering all the financial tools you need. Partner with us and together we can accomplish great things!"
    Phone: (651)259-2221
    Fax: (651)259-2231
    525 Washington Avenue N.
    Minneapolis, MN 55401

    Integrative Growth, Inc.
    www.integrativegrowth.com
    Consultants apply systems-oriented, integrative thinking to drive your business's growth. "We are environmentally conscious and passionate about cultivating sustainability."
    Phone: (612)605-6270
    100 S. 5th St.
    Ste.1900
    Minneapolis, MN 55402

    Community Reinvestment Fund
    www.crfusa.com
    CRF is the nation's leader in bringing capital to public and private nonprofit community development lenders through the secondary market for loans. CRF has injected nearly one billion dollars into economically disadvantaged communities around the country to help stimulate economic development, provide affordable housing and support community facilities.
    Phone: (800)475-3050
    Fax: (612)338-3236
    801 Nicollet Mall
    Ste. 1700 W
    Minneapolis, MN 55402-2500

    Northcountry Cooperative Development Fund
    www.NCDF.org
    Member-owned and -governed cooperative financial intermediary offering loans to cooperative enterprises across the Upper Midwest, and an investment opportunity to all. Has made millions of dollars in capital available to a range of small consumer, worker, housing, and producer cooperatives and their members, thus fostering the growth and development of community-based enterprises owned and governed by those who use them.
    Phone: (612)331-9103
    Fax: (612)331-9145
    219 Main St. SE
    Ste. 500
    Minneapolis, MN 55414-2152

    Jim Larson, Reg. Invest. Adv., Northeast Securities, Inc.
    www.jimvlarson.com
    Investment advice and brokerage services to individuals, families, businesses, and nonprofits. Building long-term relationships with clients who are personally committed to investing in a socially responsible manner. Member, First Affirmative Financial Network.
    Phone: (888)333-2166
    Fax: (952)541-0845
    5775 Wayzata Blvd.
    Ste. 700
    Minneapolis, MN 55416-1233

    Effect Partners
    www.EffectPartners.com
    A pioneer and the recognized experts on best practices in sustainability and social change marketing. We have 20 years of experience creating social change to build brands
    Phone: (952)426-7800
    4208 Park Glen Rd.
    Minneapolis, MN 55416

    Center for Global Education
    www.centerforglobaleducation.org
    Conducts short-term "reality tours" to Mexico, Central America, Southern Africa, and elsewhere. Brings travelers face-to-face with others struggling for justice and human dignity.
    Phone: (800)299-8889
    Fax: (612)330-1695
    Augsburg College
    2211 Riverside Ave.
    Minneapolis, MN 55454-1350

    CONTEMPL8 T-SHIRTS
    www.CONTEMPL8.net
    Eco-friendly, independent, and socially responsible screen printer specializing in water-based printing since 2001. Affordable and sustainable, with a deep commitment to the environment. Your design printed on T-shrits, hoodies, and more.
    Phone: (877)847-4478
    P.O. Box 8414
    Minneapolis, MN 55408

    Birch Clothing
    www.birchclothing.com
    Special offer for Green Pages™ readers: 10% off with coupon code.
    Wide selection of contemporary, ethically manufactured, fair trade, eco-fashion apparel, accessories, gifts, jewelry, lingerie, and baby clothing. Many made in the USA selections.
    Phone: (612)-590-0758
    P.O. Box 19521
    Minneapolis, MN 55419

    Twin Cities Green
    www.twincitiesgreen.com
    Independently and family-owned Twin Cities Green sells eco-friendly furniture, home decor, gifts, and lifestyle enhancements made with recycled, reclaimed, natural, sustainable, and organic materials.
    Phone: (612)374-4581
    Fax: (612)374-4582
    2405 Hennepin Ave. S.
    Minneapolis, MN 55405

    ecoEnvelopes, LLC
    www.ecoenvelopes.com
    "Do good. Save money." Reusable, two-way envelopes for bill paying, direct mail, and office supply.
    Phone: (888)428-4364
    Fax: (651)351-2757
    212 3rd Ave. N
    Ste. 354
    Minneapolis, MN 55401

    Cocoon House
    www.cocoonhouse.com
    Features scarves, shawls, jackets, sterling natural stone jewelry, and beaded handbags. Wholesale unique accessories for women.
    Phone: (888)237-8940
    Fax: (612)331-8941
    2929 University Ave. SE
    Ste. 112
    Minneapolis, MN 55414

    Trade for Change
    www.tradeforchange.com
    Clothing and accessories for kids and grown-ups and recycled glass jewelry handmade by women in Africa. Proceeds provide sustainable livelihoods for 400 women in Ghana.
    Phone: (800)338-3032
    Fax: (612)781-0450
    P.O. Box 18323
    Minneapolis, MN 55418

    Northern Sun
    www.northernsun.com
    A great selection of environmental, social-political messages on T-shirts, bumper stickers, buttons, and more. "Since 1979, we've been finding the silver lining to the mushroom cloud."
    Phone: (800)258-8579
    Fax: (612)729-0149
    2916 E. Lake St.
    Minneapolis, MN 55406-2065


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