• Get Political October 31st

    Happy Halloween everyone! Sadly there is no weekly PAC speaker for this Tuesday, but there are many other events happening this week to fill the PAC-shaped hole in your heart. One such event is the Northfield Mayoral Debate happening Wednesday at Carleton–see more information below.

    St. Olaf Campus Events:

    Professor al-Kash, Tuesday, November 1st at 7pm in Viking Theater

    Professor al-Kash is coming to campus on November 1st and 2nd at the invitation of International and Off-Campus Studies. Professor al-Kash teaches in the IES Abroad Granada program about Social and Mass Media in Arab Politics and Society, and she has also been an active participant in NGO activity dealing with the Syrian Refugee crisis. She will be speaking on the evening of the 1st in Viking at 7pm about the ongoing Syrian Refugee crisis.

    Carleton Events:


    Come see Northfield Mayoral Candidates Dana Graham and Rhonda Pownell participate in a debate at Carleton College hosted by the Center for Community and Civic Engagement (CCCE) and Northfield Initiative. Audience members will have the opportunity to submit questions to moderators and have them answered by the candidates.The debate will be held on Wednesday, November 2 at 7pm in the Great Hall. Come, learn, and engage! Plus, FREE EL TRIUNFO to the first 50 attendees. The event will open with a special appearance from the two At-Large Northfield City Council Candidate Greg Colby and Brad Ness. If you have questions, or would like to submit a question in advance, email Peter Bruno (brunop) or Nick Cohen (cohenn). See the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1126775404115431/?active_tab=about

    Want a chance to meet the Mayoral Candidates in advance? Dana Graham will be at the Carl Dems meeting on Tuesday at 9 (Sayles 253) and Rhonda Pownell will be coming to speak at Wellstone Wednesday,6:30 PM, Huntington House.

    Volunteer for Get-Out-To-Vote efforts with the MN Democratic Party

    The Minnesota DFL is eagerly seeking volunteers for Get Out the Vote events from Nov 1-8. These local elections could easier come down to a couple hundred votes and every single voter is going to matter. Volunteering can take as much or as little as you can commit. We need door knockers and phone bankers just about every day. This is a joint effort with the Carl Dems and Carls for Hillary. To get involved/sign up, email Shayna Gleason (gleasons@carleton.edu).

    Trip to Sacred Stone Camp

    So many of you may have heard about the inspiring camp set up by the Standing Rock Lakota Nation and ally Lakota, Nakota, & Dakota citizens to resist a pipeline (the Dakota Access Pipeline) that would be built through native land. If you would like to learn more visit their website: http://sacredstonecamp.org/about/ Many folks have been going out to the Sacred Stone Camp in North Dakota to be in solidarity and generally support the camp. The more people at the camp, the more awareness, the harder it is for police to shut it down, and the more labor can go into preparing the camp for winter. Carleton students are going to be driving out 8th weekend; this is a call for you to join us. For more information and to sign up follow this link: https://goo.gl/forms/2EathspEjLrQ2zGP2

    This is a really powerful and important moment to be involved in the fight for indigenous rights and climate justice. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please email me (neubauers@) or text/call me at (262) 994-1199. If you cannot make it but can donate, please consider contributing to the legal defense fund for those arrested in the fight: https://fundrazr.com/d19fAf?ref=sh_25rPQa

    **Please note this is from a Carleton student, for any questions or information please contact the student above.

    Also sign here to voice your opposition to the pipeline construction: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/stop-construction-dakota-access-pipeline-which-endangers-water-supply-native-american-reservations

    St. Olaf Campus Political Organizations:

    St. Olaf College Democrats: 8pm on Tuesdays, BC 144

    St. Olaf College Republicans: 7pm on Wednesdays, BC 220

    Young Americans for Liberty: 6pm on Wednesdays, BC143

    T-minus 8 days till election day! Remember to send in or go cast your ballot if you are eligible to vote. Everyone have a wonderful week!

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  • Zainab Salbi: The Other Side of War

    Every once in a while a new voice emerges with the power to change the world. Zainab Salbi, activist and social entrepreneur, is such a voice. Ms. Salbi inspires and moves audiences with the passion of her personal experience as a survivor of war and her dedication to rebuilding communities after war, one woman at a time. Join the Political Awareness Committee in welcoming Zainab Salbi on April 21st at 7:30 in Tomson 280!


  • Jose Antonio Vargas at St. Olaf

    Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and filmmaker whose work centers on the changing American identity. He is the founder of Define American, a non-profit media and culture organization that seeks to elevate the conversation around immigration and citizenship in America, and the executive editor of #EmergingUS, a multimedia news platform he conceived focusing on race, immigration, and the complexities of multiculturalism. A partnership with the Los Angeles Times, #EmergingUS will launch in June 2015. In June 2011, the New York Times Magazine published a groundbreaking essay he wrote in which he revealed and chronicled his life in America as an undocumented immigrant. A year later, he appeared on the cover of TIME magazine worldwide with fellow undocumented immigrants as part of a follow-up cover story he wrote. He then wrote, produced, and directed Documented, a documentary feature film on his undocumented experience. It world premiered at the AFI Docs film festival in Washington, D.C. in 2013, was released theatrically and broadcast on CNN in 2014, and received a 2015 NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Documentary.

    At St. Olaf, Jose Antonio Vargas will be speaking on the challenges facing Undocumented Immigrants in America. With anecdotes from both his own story and the struggles of countless other undocumented immigrants in America, Vargas poignantly explores one of the most divisive questions facing our country today: how do you define “American”?

  • White People Documentary Screening

    What does it mean to be white? MTV’s ‘White People’ is a groundbreaking documentary on race that aims to answer that question from the viewpoint of young white people living in America today. The film follows 2016 Winter PAC Speaker, Jose Antonio Vargas, as he travels across the country to get this complicated conversation started. ‘White People’ asks what’s fair when it comes to affirmative action, if colorblindness is a good thing, what privilege really means, and what it’s like to become the “white minority” in your neighborhood. Join PAC on Tuesday at 7 in Viking to watch the Documentary!

  • Watch SNL with PAC

    Come out to watch the best of SNL with the Political Awareness Committee. Guest stars include Sarah Palin, Donald Trump, and Hillary Clinton!

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  • Admiral James Stavridis

    Join the Political Awareness Committee in welcoming Admiral James Stavridis, Dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. The Four Star Admiral of the Navy and Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense will speak in Boe Memorial Chapel at 7:30 on Wednesday, November 11, 2015. Stavridis completed four years as the Supreme Allied Commander of NATO responsible for 120,000 troops on three continents. He was also commander of the US European Command with 100,000 Department of Defense Employees in 51 countries. Throughout his career, Admiral Stavridis has influenced great change in the Department of Defense. As Commander of the US Southern Command, he reshaped the organization into an interagency, private-public model of “smart power.” Stavridis was the first commander of the Navy’s “Deep Blue” strategic and tactical think tank after the 9/11 attacks and focused on innovation solutions to complex problems including hospital ship operations. He has also been awarded the Athenagoras Human Rights Award on behalf of the humanitarian work of the United States Military and the Intrepid Freedom Award.

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    Learn and discuss political topics at our weekly dinner events. They are an exciting, simple way to maximize your Tuesday nights.