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    • 14 Dec 2022
    • 10:00 AM (CST)

    Join the LWV St. Paul Morning Book Club for discussion about Singing Wilderness by Sigurd F. Olson. All are invited even if you haven't read the book. Please e-mail Mary (mgp33@msn.com) to be added to the e-mail list to receive updates.

    “The singing wilderness has to do with the calling of the loons, northern lights, and the great silences of a land lying northwest of Lake Superior,” Olson writes. “It is concerned with the simple joys, the timelessness and perspective found in a way of life that is close to the past. I have heard the singing in many places, but I seem to hear it best in the wilderness.”

    Olson tells his story through descriptions of the simple events in nature that bring meaning to his life: picking berries, looking for pine knots, fly-fishing, hiking through the forest, paddling a canoe. “The movement of a canoe is like a reed in the wind,” he writes. “Silence is part of it, and the sounds of lapping water, bird songs, and wind in the trees. It is part of the medium through which it floats, the sky, the water, the shores.”

    • 02 Jan 2023
    • 6:30 PM (CST)
    • Zoom

    For January we will read Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah.

    Born a Crime is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of that young man’s relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother—his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life.

    Please contact Karen Williams (kare14will@gmail.com) if you would like to be added to the e-mail list. 

    • 11 Jan 2023
    • 10:00 AM (CST)

    Join the LWV St. Paul Morning Book Club for discussion about The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution by Eric Foner. All are invited even if you haven't read the book. Please e-mail Mary (mgp33@msn.com) to be added to the e-mail list to receive updates.

    Traces the arc of the three foundational Reconstruction amendments from their origins in antebellum activism and adoption amidst intense postwar politics to their virtual nullification by narrow Supreme Court decisions and Jim Crow state laws. Today these amendments remain strong tools for achieving the American ideal of equality, if only we will take them up. 

    • 24 Jan 2023
    • 7:00 PM (CST)
    • Zoom

    The “Welcoming The Dear Neighbor?” project started in 2017 as a partnership with St. Catherine University’s Center for Community Work and Learning and Mapping Prejudice. The vision is to explore housing inequality, segregation, and racism in the past and present and its impacts today. In this program, we welcome Dr. Rachel Neiwert and student collaborators to share about the project in Ramsey County. The students have been researching topics such as women and housing inequality, housing complaints, and the impact of housing covenants on education and school districts.

    The event will be available via Zoom and also will be shown on LWVSP's Facebook page. Interested participants can register on Zoom.

    The Zoom webinar will be closed captioned and livestreamed on Facebook and also rebroadcast through St Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN).


    Our St. Paul – Learn With the League

    The League of Women Voters of St. Paul (www.lwvsp.org), celebrating 100 years, is dedicated to informed and active participation of citizens in government.  LWVSP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that neither supports nor opposes political parties or candidates.

    • 06 Feb 2023
    • 6:30 PM (CST)
    • Zoom

    For February we will read Fight Like Hell: The Untold History of American Labor by Kim Kelly. 

    The names and faces of countless silenced, misrepresented, or forgotten leaders have been erased by time as a privileged few decide which stories get cut from the final copy: those of women, people of color, LGBTQIA people, disabled people, sex workers, prisoners, and the poor. In this assiduously researched work of journalism, Teen Vogue columnist and independent labor reporter Kim Kelly excavates that history and shows how the rights the American worker has today—the forty-hour workweek, workplace-safety standards, restrictions on child labor, protection from harassment and discrimination on the job—were earned with literal blood, sweat, and tears.

    Fight Like Hell comes at a time of economic reckoning in America. From Amazon’s warehouses to Starbucks cafes, Appalachian coal mines to the sex workers of Portland’s Stripper Strike, interest in organized labor is at a fever pitch not seen since the early 1960s.

    Inspirational, intersectional, and full of crucial lessons from the past, Fight Like Hell shows what is possible when the working class demands the dignity it has always deserved.

    Please contact Karen Williams (kare14will@gmail.com) if you would like to be added to the e-mail list. 

    • 08 Feb 2023
    • 10:00 AM (CST)

    Join the LWV St. Paul Morning Book Club for discussion about Fight Like Hell: The Untold Story of American Labor by Kim Kelly. All are invited even if you haven't read the book. Please e-mail Mary (mgp33@msn.com) to be added to the e-mail list to receive updates.

    Kim shows how the rights the American worker has today - the forty-hour workweek, workplace-safety standards, restrictions on child labor, protection from harassment and discrimination on the job - were earned with literal blood, seat, and tears. 

    • 06 Mar 2023
    • 6:30 PM (CST)
    • Zoom

    For March we will read Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell. 

    Sarah Vowell exposes the glorious conundrums of American history and culture with wit, probity, and an irreverent sense of humor. With Assassination Vacation, she takes us on a road trip like no other—a journey to the pit stops of American political murder and through the myriad ways they have been used for fun and profit, for political and cultural advantage.

    Please contact Karen Williams (kare14will@gmail.com) if you would like to be added to the e-mail list. 

    • 08 Mar 2023
    • 10:00 AM (CST)

    Join the LWV St. Paul Morning Book Club for discussion about Generation Dread: Finding Purpose in an Age of Climate Crisis by Britt Wray. All are invited even if you haven't read the book. Please e-mail Mary (mgp33@msn.com) to be added to the e-mail list to receive updates.

    Young people today are facing a future of rising temperatures, melting ice sheets, drought, fires and the resulting changes these are bringing; Britt illuminates how we can learn from the past, from our own emotions, and from each other to help them survive - and even thrive - in a changing world. 

    • 12 Apr 2023
    • 10:00 AM (CDT)

    Join the LWV St. Paul Morning Book Club for discussion about The Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival and Hope in an American Crisis by Andrea Elliott. All are invited even if you haven't read the book. Please e-mail Mary (mgp33@msn.com) to be added to the e-mail list to receive updates.

    Andrea follows a child named Dasani as she comes of age, just as New York City's homeless crisis has exploded, deepening the chasm between rich and poor. She must guide her siblings through a world riddled by hunger, violence, racism, drug addiction, and the threat of foster care.  

    • 10 May 2023
    • 10:00 AM (CDT)

    Join the LWV St. Paul Morning Book Club for discussion about Political Tribes: Group Instincts and the Fate of Nation by Amy Chua. All are invited even if you haven't read the book. Please e-mail Mary (mgp33@msn.com) to be added to the e-mail list to receive updates.

    Amy Chua offers a bold new prescription for reversing our foreign policy failures and overcoming our destructive political tribalism at home. 

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