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May 2017
Free

Mindful Self-Compassion

May 31 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am
East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
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East Side Freedom Library invites you to explore workshops in “Mindful Self-Compassion” with Patricia Enstad. Eastsider Patricia Enstad, a licensed social worker and teacher, will provide a lively introduction to the practices of Mindful Self-Compassion. She writes: “As we consider the important tasks that lie ahead, we will need to support our action with compassion and resiliency. Subtle, yet powerful, these affirming and portable methods can be utilized anywhere.” Offered every Wednesday in May 8-9am More information on this approach…

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June 2017
Free

SHHH! Sing Harmony, Hungry Hearts! (Song Circle)

June 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
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Join us for a monthly community song circle: SHHH! Sing Harmony, Hungry Hearts!  Gatherings are every first Thursday of the month at 7PM. We will gather together to use our voices to sing our truth, practice the act of welcoming others, and adapting to the needs of all present. The voice you speak with is enough! This is not a performance. You don’t need to know any songs.

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Kids Rising (Story Hour)

June 3 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
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Bring your kids and join us for “Kids Rising”, a children’s Story Hour with a social justice focus, with readers Jen Roba and Sean Morgan. Readings will be every first and third Saturday mornings of the month 10:30 – 11:30. May readings will be on the 6th and 20th. Our mission is to agitate the next generation of leaders by engaging them in stories that we believe to be more meaningful than the ones they would encounter at most story time gatherings.…

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Labor Movie Night: A Brief Vacation

June 6 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
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This 1973 dramatic film, made by renowned director Vittoria De Sica, comes from a story based on the premise that “sickness is the vacation of the poor.”  Clara, a factory worker trapped by her life off as well as on the job, collapses with a lung disease which lands her in a sanatorium in the mountains where she rediscovers herself.  This powerful film emerged in relationship to the radical labor upheavals in late 1960s-early 1970s Italy.

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Barrios NOT Borders: Rapid Response Network Training (RSVP required)

June 10 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
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Free but RSVP required (español abajo) Join a team of people ready to respond to Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids in our communities. The Rapid Response Training will equip you to stand in solidarity with communities under attack by ICE. This training will cover the historical and political context of immigration in the United States, observing and being present at ICE raids, and basic immigrant and responder legal rights. Childcare and light snacks will be provided. This training is…

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Diamond Mining and Child Labor in Sierra Leone: A Post-War Perspective

June 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
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David Parker will show photographs of diamond miners in Sierra Leone. Dr. Parker just returned from a two-week trip to where he was photographing diamond mines in Tikonko and Kona districts, Sierra Leone. Dr. Parker will also present work from his two week stay in a remote village. David Parker is an occupational epidemiologist who has spent the last 20 years investigating and documenting child labor around the world. He is the author of STOLEN DREAMS (1997) and BEFORE THEIR…

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Drone Warfare & the Cyborg Soldier: Margins of Masculinities

June 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
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Presented by Suzanne Al-Kayali,  Director, Women Against Military Madness Modern military power has ignited real and virtual changes as nations make war and soldiers perceive themselves as warriors. The role of the soldier has changed with the evolution of technologies, such as drones. Is the hyper-masculine "be-all-you-can-be" soldier being replaced? Suzanne will discuss the role of "masculinity" in contemporary warfare and the development of the new "cyborg" soldier.

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A Farm Bill for Everyone! with Marita Bujold

June 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
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Climate change is our opportunity to put our house in order - starting with food and water. We need to place the right to food and water at the center of local economies-where it belongs. We need to restore health to ecosystems. Communities need to be climate -ready. The Community Food & Water and Farm Bill does all three. We need your voice at the table. As an artist and community organizer, Marita Bujold creates opportunities for communities to define…

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Storytelling Through Vinyl and Film

June 16 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
A Greener Read Used Bookstore, 506 Kenny Road
Saint Paul, MN 55130 United States
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A monthly collaboration with A Greener Read Bookstore & East Side Freedom Library 5pm at A Greener Read Bookstore >> Meet for Happy Hour and listening to music.  Our focus will be South African "kwaito" music, which blends traditional South African forms with hip hop.   7pm at the East Side Freedom Library >> Screen the award-winning film, "Tsotsi."  

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Kids Rising (Story Hour)

June 17 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
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Bring your kids and join us for “Kids Rising”, a children’s Story Hour with a social justice focus, with readers Jen Roba and Sean Morgan. Readings will be every first and third Saturday mornings of the month 10:30 – 11:30. May readings will be on the 6th and 20th. Our mission is to agitate the next generation of leaders by engaging them in stories that we believe to be more meaningful than the ones they would encounter at most story…

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