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MISSION: We Elect all the Democrats, Engage on key issues, Educate on Civics
DFL Sample Ballot: We vote 60%+ to choose Top Candidates
Citizens:  ages 16+ Volunteer-led and 100% Donation funded
Woodbury, MN and south Maplewood, MN
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Discord = we set up a trial account, so did CD2, for GAMERS

New YOUTUBE video dropped - TOP FIVE REASONS to attend Caucus Night,
Tues Feb 27, 2024 6pm -8:30pm Woodbury High School: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_m77VtLHz5Y
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We're a local unit of the D.F.L.
For the state party: Contact MN DFL at  www.dfl.org 
For the national party: Contact DNCC at www.democrats.org 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
What's on the HOME page? (updated 1/22/24) Keep scrolling DOWN

Calendar - This Month & Next Month (Go to the EVENTS page to see the Two-Year cycle CALENDAR)

2 Caucus Night and MN DFL Official Call dates 2024-25
Tues, Feb. 27, 2024 6pm-8:30pm is Caucus Night, to propose laws and elect neighborhood DFL leaders at Woodbury High School

3 Endorsing Convention. (first of 4 Conventions) Sat. Apr 6, 2024 all day SD47 Endorsing Convention at East Ridge High School 

4 Issues. Engage on Issues
Coffee & Conversation 2024 dates & locations
Get a reminder via text - to vote. www.iwillvote.org
one-minute slide show - Democrats Deliver
47B Legislative Update from Ethan Cha Dec. 13, 2023

5 Educate on Civics
Tips for Robert's Rules - for Fair, Efficient, Orderly, Democratic meetings - on CAUCUS NIGHT. 

6 Info from the past 2022 Elections
What did Democrat propose in Nov 2022? Watch. 
CALENDAR
VOTE EARLY! 
Jan 19, 2024 - Mar 5, 2024
Presidential Primary 

Choose 1 of 9: Biden, Phillips, Serrato, Williamson...
https://dfl.org/press-release/dfl-submits-candidates-for-inclusion-on-presidential-primary-ballot/
More info on our Voting page (click on the three lines, to see the menu)
THIS MONTH & NEXT MONTH
of the 2-year election cycle: (3) ELECTIONS in 2024

updated 1/9/24   Calendar highlights public city-wide events in the next 30 - 60 days

NOW. Get CAUCUS NIGHT updates at our monthly meeting Th Feb 15, 6:30pm  Woodbury Middle School cafeteria. "Greeter" app training starts on T Jan 23, 5pm to learn Vote Builder. Sign up for "Convener" training on T Feb 20, 7pm. Join our planning committee.  Email Senatedistrict47@gmail.com

MONTHLY SD47 CENTRAL Committee meetings are held on the Third Thursday from 6:30pm - 8pm; locations vary. Visitors welcome. Legislators often attend to give quick updates. Our mission is to Elect Democrats, Engage on Key issues, Educate civics.
*Jan. 18, 6:30pm - 8pm Kowalski's coffee shop
*Feb 15, 6:30pm - 8pm Woodbury Middle School, cafeteria
*Mar 21, 6:30pm - 8pm Woodbury Middle School, cafeteria
*Apr 18, 6:30pm - 8pm Woodbury Middle School, cafeteria
*May 16, 6:30pm - 8pm via ZOOM
*Jun 20, 6:30pm - 8pm Lund's conference room 
*Jul 18, 6:30pm - 8pm Lund's conference room 
*Aug 15, 6:30pm - 8pm Lund's conference room 
*Sep 19, 6:30pm - 8pm via ZOOM
*Oct 17, 6:30pm - 8pm via ZOOM
*Nov 21, 6:30pm - 8pm via ZOOM
NO MEETING IN DECEMBER
2025 Jan 16, 6:30pm - 8pm via ZOOM

NOW.   Apply for State Boards and Commissions. https://commissionsandappointments.sos.state.mn.us/

Sat. Feb 10, 1pm - 2pm Coffee & Conversation at Central Park Amphitheatre TOWN HALL with Sen. Nicole Mitchell, (This CHANGE means we are NOT meeting Sat Feb 17, 1:30pm Coffee & Conversation at YUM! bakery on Valley Creek)  

Tues Feb 20, 7pm CONVENER Training, Woodbury High School, Lecture Hall (use the Theatre entry)

Mon Feb 25, 7pm at Jerry's Foods, Hargis Parkway

Tues Feb 27, 2024, 6pm - 8:30pm Caucus Night, Woodbury High School; elect your neighborhood leaders and propose new laws; sign up to be a delegate at the 4 Endorsing Conventions. 

Mar 5, 2024. Vote. Last day to vote in the "Presidential Primary"  

Mar 9, 1:30pm Coffee & Conversation at Jerry's Foods, Hargis Parkway

Mar 14, 5:30pm - 8:30pm  SD47 DFL  Hot Dish Challenge with Pie and Cake Auction, at Woodbury Middle School, in the cafeteria. 

Mar 25, 7pm Coffee and Conversation at Target East, Commerce DR 

Sat Apr 6, 2024. Endorsing Convention: Senator 47, Representatives 47A and 47B. East Ridge High School. 

Apr 13, 1:30pm Coffee & Conversation at Zee's Diner

April 22, 7pm Jerry's Foods, Hargis Parkway

May 4, CD4 Endorsing Convention. 11am registration. noon meeting begins. Carpenter's Hall, St Paul, MN Conveners: JP Barone and Anne Fredrich. 

May 11, CD2 Endorsing Convention. 

May 31 - Jun 3, State Endorsing Convention, Duluth, MN 

National Endorsing Convention in Chicago, Illinois

VOTE Jun 28 - Aug 18, Primary election
Vote Aug 13 Primary

VOTE Sep 20 - Nov 5, General election
Vote Nov 5 General election
Vote Nov 5, 2024 General election. 

Neighborhood events are posted on social media and sent to each Precinct Chair's email subscribers. City-wide events are posted on our website EVENTS page. 
Coffee and Conversation 
Twice per Month = Mondays  7pm & Saturdays  1:30pm

Order your favorite cup of coffee and let's talk for 30 min+ about current events.
RSVP to Jim Vlcek at sd47CoffeeAndConversation@gmail.com

2nd Saturday     4th Monday    
Sat 1:30pm venue   Mon 7pm venue  
9/9/2023, 1:30 PM Lund's   9/25/2023, 7:00 PM Angelina's  
10/14/2023, 1:30 PM Caribou Valleycreek   10/23/2023, 7:00 PM Target East  
11/11/2023, 1:30 PM Kowalski's   11/20/2023, 7:00 PM Jerry's  
no Dec     no Dec    
2024     2024    
1/13/2024 1:30 PM East Target   1/22/2024, 7:00 PM Target East  
2/10/2024
 1:00 PM
Central Park amphitheatre*
TOWN HALL
Nicole Mitchell
DATE
& Place
change
2/26/2024, 7:00 PM Jerry's  
3/9/2024, 1:30 PM Jerry's   3/25/2024, 7:00 PM Target East  
4/13/2024, 1:30 PM Zee's diner   4/22/2024, 7:00 PM Jerry's  
5/11/2024, 1;30pm Alamo draft?   5/27/2024, 7:00 PM Target East  
6/8/2024, 1;30pm Golf clubhouse?   6/24/2024, 7:00 PM Jerry's  
7/13/2024, 1:30 P Lund's   7/22/2024, 7:00 PM Target East  
8/10/2024, 1:30 PM Yum   8/26/2024,7pm Jerry's  
9/14/2024, 1:30 PM Davanni's   Sept 23, 7pm Target East  
10/12/2024, 1:30 PM East Target   10/28/2024,7pm Jerry's  
11/9/2024, 1:30 PM Dunn Bros?   11/25/2024,7pm Target East  
no Dec     no Dec    

CAUCUS NIGHT kicks off the election season
VOTE Jan 19 - Mar 5, 2024 (first of 3 elections).    Help us on Caucus Night Feb 27, 6pm - 8:30pm

We need friendly volunteers to GREET people,
and friends who can use a phone app to register new democrats.

Sign-up for CAUCUS NIGHT updates or Sign up to be a "Convener". Join our planning committee. Email Senatedisrict47@gmail.com 
Get Involved with DFL SD47
What to Expect on DFL "Caucus Night"
Watch a 5 min. Youtube Video from 2019

https://youtu.be/srhnxtu8KZI?si=DTLLSvOHDvj_MMaG
 
6pm Doors open and Register as a Democrat;
visit Candidates & Issues Hall; decide which Candidates you'd like to support
join groups that match issues you care about
6:15 Auditorium program FAQ's
Find your classroom; socialize -- Meet democrats who live near you

7pm (19) Neighborhood Meetings start at once. Business includes: 
Elect tonight's chair and ballot counters, note taker, timer. 
Elect the 2-year term Precinct Chair; two Vice chairs
Elect Delegates to attend the April 6 Endorsing Convention; of those - sign up to plan 1 of 5 parts of the convention
vote Yes/No on proposed laws "Resolutions"  

8pm - 8:30pm Meetings end; hand in your paperwork
elected Delegates get additional Next Steps

Need a Non-Attendee Form? Resolution Form? DFL Constitution? Official Call? Party Platform? Officer's Guidebook? Many DFL "Party Documents" are here: 
https://dfl.org/partydocuments/

Precinct - Woodbury High School Classrooms Requested
Maplewood 11 - First Hallway on the Left - Room 222
Maplewood 12 - First Hallway on the Left - Room 226
Maplewood 13 - First Hallway on the Left - Room 227

Woodbury 1 - Third Hallway on the Left - Room 262
Woodbury 2 - Third Hallway on the Left - Room 263
Woodbury 3 - Third Hallway on the Left - Room 265
Woodbury 4 - Third Hallway on the Left - Room 266
Woodbury 5 - Third Hallway on the Left - Room 267
Woodbury 6 - Third Hallway - Room 270

Woodbury 7 - Second Hallway on the Left - Room 203
Woodbury 8 - Second Hallway on the Left - Room 201
Woodbury 9 - Second Hall MEDIA CENTER

Woodbury 10 - before First Hall, STUDENT COMMONS
Woodbury 11 - AUDITORIUM
Woodbury 12 - CAFETERIA

Woodbury 13 - First Hallway on the Left - Room 229
Woodbury 14 - First Hallway on the Left - Room 230
Woodbury 15 - By the entry, turn Left, LECTURE HALL 
Woodbury 16 - First Hallway on the Left - Room 223
CIVICS. educate yourself so democracy works better.
The legislature and city councils use "Robert's Rules" to help make group decisions fairly, quickly, efficiently. 
Scan this 1-page tip sheet, so you can start participating. 
Free, online training from the National Democratic Training Committee. 
For candidates, campaigns, party leaders and volunteers. 
Scheduled 1 hour Zoom calls with live Chat.   Anytime 24/7 10-min. sessions. 
LEARN by playing online
What would you choose, if you were in charge? 3 rounds, 8 min. to save the world.   
Gamers help solve #Climate

Play a quick 12-question game.  Mission 1.5
: An online game developed by the United Nations/ UNDP and Playmob that educates players about climate solutions -- through voting on key climate actions they want to see adopted. The responses are used by UNDP to help governments develop and implement climate plans and policies around the world.
Can you save the planet from the worst effects of climate change? Net Zero by 2050? Three Rounds; choose your advisor. 

Play a Game - with iCivics online
 

iCivics was founded by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor in 2009 to ensure that all Americans have the knowledge and will to participate in our unique experiment in self-government.  iCivics provides high-quality, non-partisan, engaging, and free resources to more than 9 million students annually, in all 50 states. 

iCivics first-of-its-kind digital civic library has 260+ curricular resources, digital literacy tools, professional learning materials, and educational video games... to learn Civic roles and Can-do agency. .

EDUCATE on civics
Get trained on MONEY + how Democracy works. 
Skill with Accounting? Run for our SD47 Treasurer role. We follow the rules of the MN Campaign Finance Board. 
https://cfb.mn.gov/
Read the Minnesota Campaign Finance Board's 45-page document for Local Party Units, or watch the 30 min. training VIDEO.  The rules are easy to follow and very detailed. 

Recordkeeping and Reporting VIDEO
https://cfb.mn.gov/html/training/Modules/Module5/presentation_html5.html

Who can contribute and What counts as a contribution? VIDEO
https://cfb.mn.gov/html/training/Modules/Module4/presentation_html5.html

Interested in our Budget Committee? Watch the Propel for Nonprofits video.
https://propelnonprofits.org/resources/budgeting-video/
 
LEARN how to get dark money out of politics.
Will you participate in Minnesota's $75 PCR?    
Your $75 donation pays for a SD47 DFL "Sample Ballot" that is unique to Your (1 of 19) voting neighborhood "precincts".
ex. 2018 sample ballot made it  easy to vote  for All of your DFL candidates.  Without your donation, we will reach fewer voters.
We are 100% volunteer-led and 100% funded by donations.
MN DFL "Official Call" 2024-25
Dates of Caucus, Convention & Elections

T Feb 27, 2024 Precinct Caucus (state-wide in every county)
Sat Mar 2 Convocation (of Endorsed & elected officials)
T Mar 5 ELECTION (Presidential Primary)
Mar 9 - Apr 21, or thru May 12 Conventions to endorse Senators
*Apr 6 SD47 Endorsing Convention at East Ridge High School
W Apr 24 proposed laws/ RESOLUTIONS due Platform Cmte
May 4 - 12 Conventions to endorse for Congress person
*CD2 and CD4 Conventions TBD
May 21 - Jun 4 = CANDIDATE FILING for Federal, State, County offices
May 31 - Jun 2 in Duluth DECC, State Convention to endorse for Gov, Auditor, AG, Sec of State
Jun 2 in Duluth, National Delegates meeting
Oct 1, 2023 - Jun 30, 2024 = Groups of Community Outreach who are called "Caucuses" 
Sat July 13 State Central Cmte meeting
T Aug 13 ELECTION Primary 
Aug 19 - 22 Convention - National Democratic party convention for President, United Center in Chicago, Illinois
Aug 14 - Sept 1 = Endorsement for local offices, Central Cmte
T Nov 5, ELECTION General

2025
Sat Mar 29 DFL Business Conference
Feb 1 - May 30 off-year Conventions
Jan 1 - Jun 30 Community Outreach groups / annual meetings

https://dfl.org/partydocuments/
ISSUES. key issues make us Vote Blue.
Watch our ISSUES Slide Show "Democrats Deliver

In 2020, MN House Speaker Melissa Hortman listened to voter's top issues in the MN Values Project (2020) & Plan (2018).
In 2023, Minnesota Democrats Delivered on those goals. Watch a 1 min. slide show:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1G3uZK-mEtzs_oIjmtIS1O_nsPUZGDAeKjFn6hgidG2I/edit?usp=sharing
Ages 15 & under can participate with Parent/s. 
Ages 16+ can get elected to neighborhood (DFL Precinct) party office, propose laws, lobby.
Ages 18+ can run for Treasurer or campaign Treasurer, Precinct Chair.
Ages 18+ can get elected to City-wide party office, supporting MN Senator, supporting US Congress


Many people start by filling out a Volunteer form, or having a coffee with us.
ENGAGE on issues  
Do Online or In-person events. Democrats deliver on key issues.
 

Join us for MLK Day 2024 in Woodbury:

“fREADdom”

Youth Reading the ALA Book Winners

 

We are pleased with the YOUTH TURNOUT at our Woodbury event; over half the partipants were under 25. We heard about growing up in Milwaukee in the 1960's and race riots in Madison, WI. We began the program with poet Amanda Gorman's line - an Unfinished nation. The speech team did a fantastic job. Everyone got a chance to share what the holiday means to them. 

WHEN: Mon, Jan 15, 1:30pm - 2:30pm

WHERE: Davanni’s Pizza, party room

WHAT: Speech Team of East Ridge High School is invited to read short stories from ALA winning books, while we eat lunch. 
 

https://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2023/01/american-library-association-announces-2023-youth-media-award-winners
 

HOW: Order your meal 48 hours in advance, 

Say “it’s for the Party Room’s Sd47 event”: 

https://woodbury.davannis.com 

SD47 ordered a full size Lasagna pan, large salad and bread to share. We ask for a free will donation

Option/use your $75 PCR refund.

WHO: Bring the whole family. 
Hosted by Democrats SD47 DFL

www.sd47.org 

Questions: email senatedistrict47@gmail.com 

Cha Email Banner

Dear Neighbors,

As we finish out 2023 and look forward to 2024, I want to give you an update on our accomplishments over the last 12 months. It is the highest honor to serve our beautiful community of Woodbury in the Minnesota House of Representatives. This year, I served on the following committees and commissions:

  • Agriculture Finance and Policy 
  • Commerce Finance and Policy 
  • Housing Finance and Policy 
  • Legacy Finance
  • Pension Commission

The 2023 legislative session was historic, as we worked towards a better future for Minnesotans and made progress on so many issues I’ve been hearing about since I was first elected. Whether it was addressing and combating climate change, making our communities safer, or making our health care system more accessible and affordable for all, this session we stepped up, worked together, and passed the bills Minnesotans have been asking for. 

Here you can find some of the highlights from this year. Please reach out to my office if I can be of any help in the future. Together, we’re making Minnesota the best place to live, work, and raise a family.

Cha1

Higher Education:

This year, House DFLers made historic investments in higher education in Minnesota, centered on the voices of students. We’ve passed a two-year tuition freeze at Minnesota State Colleges, allowing students and families to save $75 million combined. Additionally, we passed the North Star Promise, providing full scholarships to students in families making under $80,000 to attend a public postsecondary education or tribal college in Minnesota. By investing so significantly in education and future generations, House DFLers have paved the way for a better tomorrow in Minnesota.

 

Education: 

Every child in Minnesota deserves a high-quality education. We’re investing in Minnesota students by providing historic investments in public education. Our local public schools in Woodbury will receive an additional $52 million! We’re also providing free universal meals, and expanding access to early childhood education and pre-k.

 

Historic Investments in Woodbury:

The House Capital Investment Committee has completed its 2023 statewide Bonding Tour. I joined them in Woodbury to advocate for the $7.5 million update of the Water Tower to ensure a safe and reliable source of treated drinking water for the people of Woodbury. Access to safe drinking water is not just a necessity; it’s a fundamental right. My focus remains steadfast on building a sustainable future for our community.

 

Climate & Environment:

The climate crisis is arguably the biggest threat we face. Every day we hear of more natural disasters fueled by climate change. We must act swiftly to prevent the effects of the climate crisis on Minnesotans and keep global temperatures from rising. This session, we championed various initiatives to promote the transition towards renewable energy sources and conservation practices, and banning PFAS chemicals. Together we are supplying grants to local governments and tribal nations to utilize solar energy systems on public buildings, providing annual financial aid to soil and water conservation districts, and committing our state facilities to follow energy guidelines to increase resiliency in the face of climate change. 

Cha2

Keep in Touch

You can contact me at rep.ethan.cha@house.mn.gov or 651-296-1147. You can follow me on Facebook as well. I appreciate the opportunity to serve our district in the legislature and look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Ethan Cha

State Representative

Representative Ethan Cha

527 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155

Phone: 651-296-1147
Email: rep.ethan.cha@house.mn.gov (replies to this newsletter are not monitored)
Website: www.house.mn.gov/47B
Legislative Assistant: Bonnsy Vue, 651-296-7881

What democrats SAY = What democrats DO

History...2022 Gov Walz & MN Leg One Minnesota vision
 

Dec 6, 2022 MN Govt Press Conference: Gov Walz, Sen Dziedzic, Rep Long & Rep Hollins explain their One Minnesota vision for 2023-24 Budget Revenue & Spending, Top Priority Laws, 2022 Bonding bill.

Watch Gov Walz
copy the link https://buff.ly/3h5RukE or click WATCH
Nov 2022 Budget & Economic Forecast projecting a $17.6 billion state budget surplus

Watch Sen Dziedzic, Rep Long & Rep Hollins
copy the link   buff.ly/3P5w2J0 or click WATCH
 
We Won! Show us the Money! 
Dec 6, 2022 MN Govt Press Conference: Jim Showalter/MN Management & Budget

Watch MN Budget office; $17.6 Billion surplus Jim Schowalter MMB 45 min. video a) strong Revenue Collections b) lower spending c) Net $5 Billion + unspent $7 Billion from 2022; d) expect $11 Billion new revenue forecasted. 
(One time Revenue of $11 Billion) + ($6 Billion ongoing Revenue) Copy the link  https://buff.ly/3Bf9Q9z  or  click WATCH 
news conference on release of the November 2022 Budget and Economic Forecast projecting a $17.6 billion state budget surplus
General Election results Nov. 8, 2022

Tues Nov 8 General Election results are posted on the MN Secretary of State Website.
www.MNvotes.gov
We will also list the links so you can look them up: 

Ramsey County
https://electionresults.sos.state.mn.us/results/Index?ErsElectionId=149&scenario=LocalMunicipality&FipsCode=40382&show=Go

Washington County

https://electionresults.sos.state.mn.us/results/Index?ErsElectionId=149&scenario=LocalCounty&CountyId=82&show=Gohttps://electionresults.sos.state.mn.us/results/Index?ErsElectionId=149&scenario=LocalCounty&CountyId=82&show=Go

City of Woodbury, MN

https://electionresults.sos.state.mn.us/results/Index?ErsElectionId=149&scenario=LocalMunicipality&FipsCode=71428&show=Go

City of Maplewood, MN

https://electionresults.sos.state.mn.us/results/Index?ErsElectionId=149&scenario=LocalMunicipality&FipsCode=40382&show=Go

ISD622 Levy & School Board North St. Paul

https://electionresults.sos.state.mn.us/results/Index?ErsElectionId=149&scenario=LocalSchoolDistrict&DistrictId=258&show=Go

ISD834 School Board Stillwater

These unofficial results are posted for other MN contests, too.