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St. Paul, MN 55106

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September 2017

East Side Pride Open Mic

September 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
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Have a talent you want to share? Do you have east side pride? Join our safe space for all ages and talents! Comedy, Poetry, Song, Dance, Music, and more! The East Side Pride Open Mic's mission is to: "create a safe space for cultivating artistic talents and supporting youth expression and development as they celebrate their community." If you have any questions, feel free to contact Chia "Chilli" Lor at district1chia@gmail.com or 651-578-7400.

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Mindfulness Meditation: The Practice of Freedom (Workshop)

September 22 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
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Mindfulness Meditation: The Practice of Freedom is an ongoing workshop series hosted by the East Side Freedom Library. Join us Friday 9-10AM. The workshop will be led by Marc Anderson, a widely respected teacher of meditation. “Among all people, freedom is one of the highest values. The American ideal is based on liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Freedom is every person’s birthright; it is our very nature, yet its full realization can be elusive. In this weekly gathering we…

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American Dream: A Film Screening and Discussion

September 23 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
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Join us at the East Side Freedom Library for a screening of the Academy Award-winning documentary, "American Dream," and a post-film discussion with Paula Rabinowitz, Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Minnesota and author of They Must Be Represented: The Politics of Documentary. Paula has donated a substantial collection of books in feminist literary and film analysis to ESFL.  She is contributing an essay to a new collection being assembled about "American Dream" filmmaker Barbara Kopple, the winner…

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Fight for 52 Cents: A Solo Performance by Howard Petrick

September 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
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The East Side Freedom Library invites you to join us for: Fight for 52 Cents: A Solo Performance by Howard Petrick. On Saturday, September 23 at 7pm, veteran solo performer and former Minneapolis resident Howard Petrick returns to the Twin Cities with his new show, "Fight for 52 Cents," an engrossing and electrifying memoir of Minneapolis' revolutionary labor leader, Vincent Raymond Dunne. Dunne led the 1934 Teamsters' strike, one of the most influential strikes in American history. Petrick portrays an eighty…

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A Voice in the Streets: Making an Impact with Social Justice Posters

September 24 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
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***ATTENTION: This session is full. All reservations are managed via the following Eventbrite site: www.eventbrite.com/e/esfl-workshopa-voice-in-the-streets-making-an-impact-with-social-justice-posters-tickets-37362105062. There will be no admission unless you have the confirmed reservation.   The East Side Freedom Library invites you to A Voice in the Streets: Making an Impact with Social Justice Posters On Sunday, Sept 24 @ 1:00­-4:00pm, please join us for a workshop with visual artist/activist Leon Wang. Leon Wang will lead a workshop on amplifying one's voice through poster art. Based on a…

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Immigration & the Making of Saint Paul

September 26 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
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$49

EAST SIDE FREEDOM LIBRARY and ST. PAUL PUBLIC SCHOOLS COMMUNITY EDUCATION invite you to a six-week course: "Immigration & the Making of Saint Paul." Beginning Tuesday, September 26 at 6:00pm–8:00pm, explore the role of immigrants in the making and remaking of Saint Paul. We will cover the 1840s through current times, including Irish and German immigrants and their impact on the foundations of our city, and the following influxes of Scandinavian and Eastern European immigrants; how the city’s workforce, neighborhoods…

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Slow Roll St. Paul Community Bicycle Ride with East Side Freedom Library

September 27 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
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East Side Freedom Library, Cycles for Change, St. Paul Smart-Trips, and Transit for Livable Communities Present: “Slow Roll St. Paul Community Bicycle Ride with East Side Freedom Library.” On Wednesday, September 27 at 5:30pm, please join us for the last, 6 mile ride of the season throughout East Side St. Paul. Stay after for free food and “Working on the Railroad: An In-Person Oral History” at 7:00pm at the East Side Freedom Library.   Youth under 13 must have a…

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Working on the Railroad: An In-Person Oral History

September 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
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St. Paul grew with this country's railroad system.  What has it been like to work on the railroad?  How has the work changed?  What roles have unions played in creating a safer working environment and a decent living for railroad workers?  Come and find out! George Joyce, who worked 37 and 1/2 years as a trainman and switchman on the BN, BNSF, and Amtrak systems, and served as president and local chairman of United Transportation Union Local 1000, will be…

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Women From the Center Series: A Harvest Reading by Native Writers

September 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
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The East Side Freedom Library invites you to Women From the Center Series: A Harvest Reading by Native Writers Thursday, September 28 @ 7:00pm​ *Celebrate Mother Earth's abundance with a Harvest reading by Native​ Writers! Join us for the closing event in our "Women From the Center" writers reading series, hosted by Diane Wilson whose first book Spirit Car retraces her family's Dakota heritage across five generations and won a 2006 Minnesota Book Award (womenspress.com). The event also features Colleen…

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Walking Tour: Immigration & the (Re)Making of Saint Paul’s East Side

September 30 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
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$22

EAST SIDE FREEDOM LIBRARY and ST. PAUL PUBLIC SCHOOLS COMMUNITY EDUCATION invite you to "Walking Tour: Immigration & the (Re)Making of Saint Paul’s East Side." On Saturday, September 30, 10:00am–12:00pm, join Peter Rachleff, Co-Executive Director of the East Side Freedom Library, for a walking tour that explores the present through the lens of the past. Meet first at the East Side Freedom Library and travel to Swede Hollow to explore its role as the first site of settlements in the…

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Against Labor: A Book Discussion with the Authors of a New Collection

September 30 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
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Concerned about the anti-union political climate in the U.S. today?   What can we learn from an historical perspective?  The East Side Freedom Library invites you to “Against Labor: A Book Discussion with the Authors of a New Collection” Saturday, September 30 @ 1:00pm–4:00pm   Contributors to the new collection, Against Labor: How U.S. Employers Organized to Defeat Union Activism (just published by the University of Illinois Press), will discuss their essays and the issues raised by the book as a…

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October 2017

Collaborating with ESFL in Events, Media, & Community Engagement

October 2 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
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Free

Are you interested in collaborating with us on events and community activities? Please join us in deepening our programming through participating and taking leadership in any of the following projects: Event Promotion & Evaluation 1. Greeting Event Attendees 2. Assisting with Sign-ins 3. Collecting Event Surveys 4. Recording Library Events 5. Editing Podcasts Media and Communications 1. Posting Images on Social Media 2. Writing Blogs on Library Events Community Engagement 1. Attending Neighborhood Events 2. Assisting Library Visitors For more…

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Labor Movie Night— “Plutocracy II: Solidarity Forever”

October 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
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The East Side Freedom Library invites you to Labor Movie Night—"Plutocracy II: Solidarity Forever." "Plutocracy I: Divide and Conquer" demonstrated the power that the government and employers found in late 19th and early 20th century America in breaking unions and defeating workers' struggles through manipulating race, ethnicity, and nationality. For Tuesday, October 3 @ 7pm @ East Side Freedom Library, this second film, "Plutocracy II," highlights those struggles and campaigns where workers were able to overcome these divisions, build organizations…

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

October 5 @ 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

October 7 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
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Free

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 might typically encounter at a story time. We focus on stories with social justice messages and are intentionally inclusive of writers and themes from diverse and under-represented communities. We believe that a key to our future success as a movement is engaging our kids in big issues rather than shying away from talking about…

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An Oral History Association Conference Event: Walking Tour, Labor Roundtable, and Celebration of Social Justice Leadership

October 7 @ 1:00 pm - 6:30 pm
East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
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Please join us for a special event with the Oral History Association (OHA) conference on Saturday, October 7 at the East Side Freedom Library.​ The annual OHA meeting brings together a wide array of people. Students as well as emerging and established educators and researchers connect with colleagues and gain new skills. Highlighting "the best work in the field," the theme for 2017 is Engaging Audiences: Oral History and the Public. Our particular event will be Free and Open to…

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St. Paul Art Crawl

October 13 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
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East Side Freedom Library features artists whose work engages our mission to inspire solidarity, advocate for justice and work for equity for all: Cassandra Nickell, Claire O'Connor, John Matsunaga, Angie Renee, Chris Singewald, Sue Swanson, and Karen Weavers. Please join us on Friday, October 13th from 6:00-10:00pm, Saturday, October 14th from 12:00-8:00pm, and Sunday, October 15th from 12:00–5:00pm. info@eastsidefreedomlibrary.org (651) 230-3294

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St. Paul Art Crawl

October 14 @ 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
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East Side Freedom Library features artists whose work engages our mission to inspire solidarity, advocate for justice and work for equity for all: Cassandra Nickell, Claire O'Connor, John Matsunaga, Angie Renee, Chris Singewald, Sue Swanson, and Karen Weavers. Please join us on Friday, October 13th from 6:00-10:00pm, Saturday, October 14th from 12:00-8:00pm, and Sunday, October 15th from 12:00–5:00pm. info@eastsidefreedomlibrary.org (651) 230-3294

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St. Paul Art Crawl

October 15 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
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East Side Freedom Library features artists whose work engages our mission to inspire solidarity, advocate for justice and work for equity for all: Cassandra Nickell, Claire O'Connor, John Matsunaga, Angie Renee, Chris Singewald, Sue Swanson, and Karen Weavers. Please join us on Friday, October 13th from 6:00-10:00pm, Saturday, October 14th from 12:00-8:00pm, and Sunday, October 15th from 12:00–5:00pm. info@eastsidefreedomlibrary.org (651) 230-3294

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Collaborating with ESFL in Events, Media, & Community Engagement

October 18 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
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Free

Are you interested in collaborating with us on events and community activities? Please join us in deepening our programming through participating and taking leadership in any of the following projects: Event Promotion & Evaluation 1. Greeting Event Attendees 2. Assisting with Sign-ins 3. Collecting Event Surveys 4. Recording Library Events 5. Editing Podcasts Media and Communications 1. Posting Images on Social Media 2. Writing Blogs on Library Events Community Engagement 1. Attending Neighborhood Events 2. Assisting Library Visitors For more…

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Compulsory: The Education and Dispossession of Youth in a Prison School

October 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
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The East Side Freedom Library invites you to Compulsory: The Education and Dispossession of Youth in a Prison School." On Friday, October 20 @ 7:00PM, Dr. ​Sabina Vaught, Associate Professor of the Education Department at Tufts University, will discuss her new book, COMPULSORY: THE EDUCATION AND DISPOSSESSION OF YOUTH IN A PRISON SCHOOL. Assistant professor of urban and multicultural education at Macalester College Brian Lozenski describes Compulsory as “a call to action for educators, researchers, and others desiring something different…

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Thousand Star Hotel: A Poetry Reading with Bao Phi

October 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
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The East Side Freedom Library invites you to "Thousand Star Hotel: A Poetry Reading with Bao Phi." On Monday, October 30 @ 7:00PM, Bao Phi will read from his newest book, Thousand Star Hotel, that confronts the silence around racism, police brutality, and the invisibility of the Asian American urban poor. Bao Phi is a multiple-time Minnesota Grand Slam poetry champ and National Poetry Slam finalist who has been on HBO’s Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry and whose work was…

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November 2017

The Origins of the Radical Right and the Crisis of Our Democracy

November 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
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The East Side Freedom Library, ISAIAH--Minnesota, and the University of Minnesota's History Department invite you to "The Origins of the Radical Right and the Crisis of Our Democracy." On Thursday, November 2 @ 7:00­­PM, Nancy MacLean, Professor of History and Public Policy at Duke University, will discuss "The Origins of the Radical Right and the Crisis of Our Democracy."  Nancy is the author of a new, controversial book, DEMOCRACY IN CHAINS, an explosive exposé of the little-known thinker behind the…

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Collaborating with ESFL in Events, Media, & Community Engagement

November 6 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
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Free

Are you interested in collaborating with us on events and community activities? Please join us in deepening our programming through participating and taking leadership in any of the following projects: Event Promotion & Evaluation 1. Greeting Event Attendees 2. Assisting with Sign-ins 3. Collecting Event Surveys 4. Recording Library Events 5. Editing Podcasts Media and Communications 1. Posting Images on Social Media 2. Writing Blogs on Library Events Community Engagement 1. Attending Neighborhood Events 2. Assisting Library Visitors For more…

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The Past in the Present: An Exhibition and Reunion Celebration for Hmong Wat Tham Krabok

November 11 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
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Are you a Hmong Wat Tham Krabok? Do you miss your old friends and neighbors from Wat Tham Krabok? Would you like to see them again and reconnect in the U.S.? If so, please plan to join us for an exhibit of Wat Tham Krabok objects and reunion celebration at the Hmong Archives. This will be a chance to reconnect and catch up with old friends, neighbors, and others from Wat Tham Krabok, a time to connect of the past…

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Collaborating with ESFL in Events, Media, & Community Engagement

November 15 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
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Are you interested in collaborating with us on events and community activities? Please join us in deepening our programming through participating and taking leadership in any of the following projects: Event Promotion & Evaluation 1. Greeting Event Attendees 2. Assisting with Sign-ins 3. Collecting Event Surveys 4. Recording Library Events 5. Editing Podcasts Media and Communications 1. Posting Images on Social Media 2. Writing Blogs on Library Events Community Engagement 1. Attending Neighborhood Events 2. Assisting Library Visitors For more…

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December 2017

Collaborating with ESFL in Events, Media, & Community Engagement

December 4 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
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Are you interested in collaborating with us on events and community activities? Please join us in deepening our programming through participating and taking leadership in any of the following projects: Event Promotion & Evaluation 1. Greeting Event Attendees 2. Assisting with Sign-ins 3. Collecting Event Surveys 4. Recording Library Events 5. Editing Podcasts Media and Communications 1. Posting Images on Social Media 2. Writing Blogs on Library Events Community Engagement 1. Attending Neighborhood Events 2. Assisting Library Visitors For more…

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