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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Bimi’ji 350 offers chance to be heard, effect change

As the northern organizer for MN350, I work full-time creating awareness and networking for peaceful resistance and policy change in regards to environmental justice. Let me share what MN350 is about.

MN350 is one of thousands of grassroots groups across the globe that are working rebuilding communities, revitalizing economies and tackling global warming and the energy crisis head-on. As our planet's climate heads deeper into the danger zone, our economy falters, and our political system remains deadlocked, people from all around the world are uniting for solutions.

I’m happy to announce that on Dec. 1, 2017, MN-350 opened an office in Bemidji. Our office is located in the Rail River Folk School, 303 Railroad St. SW. We’re situated in a beautiful building with a “sense of community” in the air, a place to be and meet with others. Our open house is scheduled from 2-6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3. This is a family friendly event and we hope to see you there.

I would also like to take this time to mention a local chapter of MN350, the Bimi’ji 350, a grassroots coalition located in the Bemidji area. Members include people with diverse backgrounds who are passionate about making a difference. We encourage others to join the Bimi’ji 350 chapter to be heard and be a part of change whose light reflects across the world -- environmental justice is what we’re all about. Find us on Facebook. Bimi’ji 350.

We organize events, get signatures, table information, raise funds, peacefully march, attend hearings/meetings, do radio interviews, and so forth. We’re currently looking for creative ways to interact with people and we’re excited to see what this brings to the movement. We feel when we stand together, we don’t stand alone. Our voices do matter. Again, we encourage people to visit and see what we’re about.

Please attend if you can and build on new friendships, meet like-minded people, and help find creative ways we can build on environmental justice and sustainable communities. We meet the second and fourth Monday of each month, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. We hope to see you soon.

Nancy Beaulieu