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Transbelief Dialogue & Nature Walk 25, Fort Snelling, on "Voter ID or Jim Crow?"

Welcome to our 25th Transbelief Dialogue & Nature Walk, where we follow Aristotle's path of peripatetically discussing our differences. It's been called "Mindwalk + My Dinner with Andre!" This time, we'll meet at Historic Fort Snelling! We'll check out the fall foliage by strolling down to the Mississippi River bluffs and the river, then back up through Coldwater Spring, while hearing each other's perspectives and worldviews through reasoning dialogue. This Meetup is part of our group's recurring forum, The Dialogium, for facilitative, reasoning dialogue between FMCOR's very different folks!

For our Dialogium 25 along the paths of Fort Snelling's MN Valley State Trails, we'll offer and discuss our individual perspectives on a topic arising from the MN Voter ID Amendment:

"Voter ID or Jim Crow?"

We'll Meetup at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, October 13 in front of Historic Fort Snelling (park for free east of the Fort, at the Visitors Center). Dress to hike for our fall Nature Walk-and-Talk (we'll still bring bug spray, if needed) on questions including:

  • What was "Jim Crow"?
  • What racial and socioeconomic groups did Jim Crow laws disenfranchise in the 19th-20th century southern US?"
  • What variety of voter hurdles were imposed by Jim Crow laws?
  • What differences and similarities exist between past Jim Crow laws and new Voter registration and Photo ID laws?
  • Why have new Voter registration, early voting and photo ID restriction laws been passed only by GOP legislators, and mostly in presidential swing states?
  • Why has the GOP reduced early voting and stopped same-day registration?
  • Why has the GOP attacked disabled Americans' automatic right to vote?
  • Why has the GOP sought to criminalize community voter registration drives by non-profit and public employees?
  • Does the level of voter impersonation fraud merit disenfranchising many legitimate voters who are poor, Black, Hispanic, elderly, or young students?
  • Will "free" Photo IDs be given free, & provisional ballots allowed time to be counted?
  • Is the proposed MN Constitutional Voter ID Amendment a modern-day Jim Crow law, or a reasonable measure to prevent voter fraud?
  • Do you support the Voter ID Amendment, or oppose it? Why?

Don't miss FMCOR's Dialogium 24, to tell us how YOU see the Future of Americans' & Minnesotans' Right to Vote!

Logistics: Let us know when you RSVP if you want a carpool ride.

After our 2:00-4:00 p.m. Walk-n-Talk, those who've worked up an appetite will visit a local S. Mpls restaurant for after-dinner -- restaurant suggestions welcome!

We've tried to schedule this FMCOR Meetup on a Saturday afternoon free from Vikes games and major Meetups by other groups in the secular and religious Meetup communities, so please encourage members of your other Meetup groups to consider attending our Nature Walk & Talk -- the more different we are, the more enlightening our conversation!

Hoping to see (and hear!) you at our Dialogium 25 on "Voter ID or Jim Crow?" -- so RSVP "Yes" today!

(When you RSVP, please tell us: 1) If you want a carpool ride to and from our Meetup & Dinner; 2) If you need monetary assistance to attend our after-dinner; and 3) If you have suggestions for a question you'd like FMCOR to discuss at a later Dialogium.)

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  • Frank B.

    Paul Douglas' latest weather outlook suggests Mpls will most likely avoid any rainfall on Sat. afternoon -- the wet front is now supposed to pass only south of the Twin Cities. Bring your umbrella, just in case we get a warm sprinkle for our walk-n-talk.

    October 13, 2012

  • Frank B.

    FMCOR's old friend David Wetzell emailed us with this viewpoint: "In Michelle Alexander's 'the new Jim Crow,' she makes it clear that the
    criminal laws of our country have been gamed to engage in a war of
    attrition against minorities who tend to vote Democrat...this is the
    Nixon strategy of dividing and conquering poor whites and blacks. But the real issue is how to make it so our politics doesn't tilt so easily
    to single-party rule, so that the center-right doesn't have such perverse incentives and that minorities impinged on by 'jim crow'-like laws can fight back! This is why American forms of Proportional Election is so crucial to the health of the US's democracy! Hope you can bring this up!

    October 7, 2012

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