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  • Civic Engagement 101

    Interested in being involved in the political process but never participated before? The first step can be daunting, but this nonpartisan class outlines how you can have a voice in the process and help make change. Learn the basics of the local and state legislative processes from Nick Harper, attorney and lobbyist. All Community Education participants are required to follow SPPS COVID guidelines (https://www.spps.org/safelearningplan), and all other communicated health and safety expectations. Failure to do so could result in removal from the class/program.
  • Minnesota Workers Make History - Online Course

    At key turning points in our country's history, Minnesota workers have had a significant impact on the national labor scene. Uncover the stories you were not taught in school. From the forming of the Farmer Labor Party to the railroad strikes that led to and the establishment of Labor Day. Join us for a series of conversations about these experiences and how they are relevant to the challenges we face today. In the spring of 1894, Great Northern Railroad workers joined the new American Railway Union and took on the oligarch, James J. Hill. Their struggle not only forced Hill to take back the wage cuts he had imposed, but it inspired 125,000 railroad workers to launch a nationwide strike that summer, leading to the establishment of Labor Day as a national holiday. In 1924, Minnesota workers and farmers founded the Farmer Labor Party, and it became a model for other independent political ventures in 6 states. By 1932, it had become the most popular political party in the state, and it would elect two governors, a senator, a congressman, and more. In 1934, Minneapolis truck drivers and warehouse workers took on the most powerful anti-union business organization in the country, and, in three strikes, turned Minneapolis from an open shop town into a union town. Their impact led to the passage of the National Labor Relations Act in 1935 and the formation of the CIO. In 1985-86, Hormel workers' strike became the national poster child for the struggle against economic neoliberalism. All Community Education participants are required to follow SPPS COVID guidelines (https://www.spps.org/safelearningplan), and all other communicated health and safety expectations. Failure to do so could result in removal from the class/program.
  • Native American: Beyond Land Acknowledgment - Online Course

    Join the staff from Native Governance Center as they explain what land acknowledgment is and why it’s important to go beyond a simple statement. Walk through the action planning approach, equipping you with tools you can use to make an impact either individually or in your workplace setting. Expect an interactive and engaging presentation filled with real-life examples. Attendees will be asked to participate in live polling through Mentimeter and a Q&A session. By the end of this session, you’ll understand: What Indigenous land acknowledgment is and why it can be problematic as a standalone practice Why it’s important to go beyond land acknowledgment How to create an action plan that’s impactful, straightforward, and demonstrates your commitment to supporting Indigenous people How to share the plan with your stakeholders and make sure it stays current Where to go for more information on the topic The event is geared toward beginners and open to all: come with your questions! Attendees will participate in breakout sessions and a live Q&A with the presenters. This class is being offered using the Zoom online platform. Before registering, make sure your device meets the minimum requirements; view minimum requirements here: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362023-System-Requirements-for-PC-Mac-and-Linux Please see your Registration Confirmation email for your online meeting information and more information on joining meetings.
  • What You Always Wanted to Know About Islam and Muslims

    Gain a better understanding of what Islam teaches and what Muslims practice. The class will introduce basic terminology, demographics and differences between religion and culture. Learn about the beliefs and practices of Muslims as well as religious celebrations. All questions answered. All Community Education participants are required to follow SPPS COVID guidelines (https://www.spps.org/safelearningplan), and all other communicated health and safety expectations. Failure to do so could result in removal from the class/program.