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I have multiple names for today: When I'm feeling sorrowful, European Invaders' Day. When I'm feeling strong, Fight Back Against Colonialism Day. When I'm feeling sarcastic (which, admittedly, is most of the time), We Are Still Fuckin' HERE Day.

In that spirit, let me welcome you to today's special edition, covering recent examples of Indians fighting back against the continuing colonialism of the dominant culture. Some of the victories are small — incremental in both senses of the term. But "small" is often significant, and sometimes, the smallest of victories proves to be the turning point in the entire war.

We've covered many of these battles right here in recent months. But there are new developments in some of them, and they're all worth revisiting as part of a larger whole. Yes, there are also other Indian stories in the news this week, and many of them are not especially encouraging or pleasant. But what else is new? They'll keep for a week. Today, I think it's important to view some of these stories through this particular lens — that of an ongoing, 500+-year struggle to maintain our sovereignty, our cultures, our very existence — in the face of a relentless and powerful onslaught.

 photo WeAreStillFuckinHere-navajo_zpsc3016064.jpg On a day when the dominant culture celebrates genocide by going to white sales, these things are worth recognizing.

One caveat: As part of today's edition, I had planned to include a section on saving our children — from the trafficking, the theft, the cultural genocide that today is seeing a dangerous resurgence across the country, aided and abetted by no less than a majority of the U.S. Supreme Court.

But in the week when Dusten Brown, in the face of insurmountable odds, was forced to drop his fight to save his own daughter . . . I can't do it. At the moment, the trends are too bad, too dangerous, the deck stacked anew too thoroughly in the favor of the traffickers and thieves.

Genocide by other means.

FIGHTING BACK: UNITING OUR PEOPLES, PRESERVING OUR CULTURES

 photo NCAIpresidentialcandidatesimagecreditICTMN_zpsd07907ef.jpg The 7th annual National Congress of American Indians will be held this week in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Both the organization itself and the annual meeting of its delegates are known by the same name and the NCAI acronym.

Founded in 1944, the group describes itself as "the oldest, largest and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization serving the broad interests of tribal governments and communities." The Preamble to the NCAI Constitution lists as part of its purpose:

In order to secure to ourselves and our descendants the rights and benefits the traditional laws of our people to which we are entitled to as sovereign nations[,]
and it defines its purpose as follows:
to serve as a forum for unified policy development among tribal governments in order to: (1) protect and advance tribal governance and treaty rights; (2) promote the economic development and health and welfare in Indian and Alaska Native communities; and (3) educate the public toward a better understanding of Indian and Alaska Native tribes.

At the group's annual congress, it customarily invites a number of featured speakers from the federal government and the state in which that year's meeting is held. Invited guests this year include Attorney General Erick Holder (D); Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin (R), and Oklahoma Congressmen Tom Cole (R) and Markwayne Mullin (R). However, organizers are waiting to see whether Congressional Republicans' shutdown of the federal government will prevent Attorney General Holder and the Congressmen from attending. Mr. Holder's speech, in particular, is regarded as especially salient: It is intended to help to group mark the 50th anniversary of the keynote speech delivered before the NCAI in 1963 — by then-Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy.

Among other activities, the organization will choose a new president to lead the group in 2014, which will be its 70th-anniversary year. This year, there are four candidates: Brian Cladoosby, Swinomish Nation Tribal Chair; Joe A. Garcia, former governor and current tribal council member of Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo and former NCAI president (2006-2009); Juana Majel-Dixon, member of the tribal council of the Pauma Band of Mission Indians ad current NCAI first vice-president; and George Tiger, Muscogee Creek Nation principal chief. Mr. Cladoosby has appeared in a Swinomish Nation story I covered earlier this year.

You can read Indian Country Today Media Network's interview with the four candidates here. Despite Mr. Cladoosby's record on environmental issues, there is a large part of me that believes that Ms. Majel-Dixon needs to lead the group in the coming year. She would be only the third woman president in NCAI history, and she's known as a warrior woman on issues like VAWA and sovereignty. If you've ever read anything I've written on Native issues, you'll know how important those two are — not merely to me personally, but to our very existence as Native peoples.

ICTMN has produced a profile of each candidate. You can read Mr. Cladoosby's here. You can read Mr. Garcia's here. You can red Ms. Majel-Dixon's here. And you can read Mr. Tiger's here.

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FIGHTING BACK: ENSURING OUR VOICES AND VOTES

 photo MarkWanderingMedicineImageCreditJonnyDurstforTheGuardian_zpsea2b4e10.jpg I've written several times about Wandering Medicine v. McCulloch, the Montana voting rights case currently wending its way through the federal court system — specifically, here, here, and here. The case was calendared for oral argument before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals last Thursday, October 10th. At issue is whether the Voting Rights Act (which, of course, the SCOTUS gutted earlier this year) requires states to make voting as accessible to Indians on far-flung reservations as they do for non-Indian [in this case, white] voters in urban and suburban areas.

Mark Wandering Medicine is the lead plaintiff in the suit, which has grown to include four Montana tribes: the Assiniboine, his own Northern Cheyenne, the Crow, and the Gros Ventre. He's also the subject of a new profile by The Guardian.

It's a moving story. Unfortunately, it's not a new one. It's yet another in this country's tragic history of using American Indians and then attempting to throw them away.

But Mr. Wandering Medicine is a warrior, and he won't be consigned to the historical trash heap.

Now, when I call him a warrior, I mean that literally. He enlisted in the Marines and fought a six-year tour in VietNam, nearly losing a leg in an ambush. Upon returning home, he was — again, entirely predictably — denied the disability payments he was due.

For thirteen years.

So much for caring for wounded vets.

Now he is fighting once more, this time to overcome a century and a half of disenfranchisement and secure voting rights for his fellow Native Americans. He has barely voted over the past 40 years, not because he hasn't wanted to but because it has been too difficult. The only sure way to register to vote, he says, is to make a 157-mile round trip from his home to the nearest county seat.

There is no public transport, and most people can't afford the trip – even assuming they have a working car with valid license plates and insurance, which is rarely the case. The few who do make the journey have to run a gauntlet of racism and hostility that, they say, can often land them in jail on charges of drunkenness and public disorder.

Did you catch that? In case you didn't, I'm going to lay it out for you. He's not saying the Indian voters go to the polls drunk. He's saying that when they go to the polls, they're subject to racist harassment, and when they respond, they're arrested and charged with disorderly conduct or public drunkenness. Because, you know, all Indians are drunks anyway, so who wouldn't believe it? Nobody who has control over who's locked up and who's not.
"We love our country, we do," he says forlornly, a brightly colored marines ball cap perched on his head, as he points out the dilapidated housing, broken-down trucks and stray dogs that characterise the streets of Lame Deer, the reservation's main population centre. "But when is our country going to love us back?"
He and several other Native veterans finally realized the answer: It's not. They decided that it was time to join forces and fight back in a way that Montana's racist power structure would understand.

In court.

Tom Rodgers, the Blackfeet tribal member, lawyer, and Washington lobbyist who is bankrolling much of the litigation (and about whom I have written here), calls the lawsuit "spiritual"; "fate"; "poetry."

The poetry is evident, in fact, in the characters due to line up in front of the ninth nircuit nourt of appeals on 10 October. On one side is Wandering Medicine, whose great-grandfather helped rout George Armstrong Custer and the US 7th Cavalry at the Battle of Little Bighorn, 20 miles west of Lame Deer. And on the other is the elections clerk for Rosebud County, Geraldine Custer, whose husband is a direct descendant of the ill-fated general. The county seat, a speck of a town called Forsyth, is named for the general who oversaw the Indian massacre at Wounded Knee, South Dakota, in 1890.
Poetry or no, what's required here is war, a fact that Tom Rodgers has had no difficulty grasping.
Eighteen months ago, Rodgers was outraged to learn that there was no money to provide a traditional funeral ceremony for a Northern Cheyenne member who had been killed by an IED in Afghanistan. Rodgers raised and delivered the money himself, only to become more outraged when other veterans in Lame Deer told him about the voting impasse.

Almost immediately, he and his lawyer began petitioning the Montana secretary of state's office to open up satellite offices, but their requests were not even acknowledged for two months. When Rodgers and his fellow members of a rights organisation called Four Directions finally got a meeting with secretary of state Linda McCullogh [sic], they were told that state law precluded the establishment of the satellite offices and their best option was to seek a change from the legislature, which is controlled by Tea Party Republicans and is notoriously hostile to Native American interests.

Not only did Four Directions take this as a brush-off; the advice turned out to be wrong. Montana's attorney general issued an opinion a few weeks later pointing out that satellite offices already existed for government services such as vehicle registrations, and there was no reason not to open new ones for voting. The secretary of state then changed her argument, saying it was up to the counties to decide whether to install satellite offices. She was all in favour of them, she insisted, but had no say in the matter.

Which was, of course, a lie. Two lies, actually: She's not at all in favor of them for Indians; and she does have a say in the matter, but is punting in hopes that she won't have to give them that to which the law entitles them.

She'll have help from her defense lawyer. Sara Frankenstein is a local GOP operative (and perhaps unsurprisingly, a former beauty-pageant queen). She takes great pride in her work — indeed, she tells you so right in her official bio:

"[She] particularly enjoys defending public bodies from lawsuits brought by the ACLU and other 'civil rights' groups."
Nice dog whistle there, with the scare quotes around the phrase civil rights. I'm glad you included them. Leaves absolutely no doubt about where you stand on civil rights. Real ones.

She also whines that it has nothing to do with voting rights, but with something she calls "convenience voting." A nice Republican neologism for something that doesn't exist.

The Indians back home in Montana see the state actors for exactly what they are. And they're continuing to fight.

If you want to help protect Native voting rights in some very active cases, you can contact Four Directions here.

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FIGHTING BACK: PROTECTING OUR EARTH

 photo SwinomishSeal_zpse06c6b90.jpg Eleven days ago, the Washington Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community in its lawsuit against the Washington State Department of Ecology. At issue was the Department's so-called "Skagit Rule," enacted in 2006, which had "radically changed" the earlier rule, enacted in 2001 with assistance from area tribal nations, regulating minimum instream water flows to protect fish and the habitat generally.

In 2004, Skagit County sued Ecology challenging the 2001 Rule.  Multiparty discussions ensued as the Swinomish and other tribes, water purveyors, and the State tried to resolve the County's complaints.  Eventually, Ecology and the County settled the County's lawsuit without consulting any of the other parties to the negotiation.  In return for Skagit County agreeing to drop its lawsuit, Ecology agreed to adopt the 2006 Rule Amendments.

The 2006 Rule amendments created 27 "reservations" of water for future out-of-stream use for a wide variety of purposes despite the fact that the senior minimum instream flow right established in 2001 is frequently unmet.    

In 2008, the Tribe and the City of Anacortes (the "City") filed a lawsuit challenging the 2006 Rule amendments.  The Tribe and City contended that Ecology's decision to create the reservations exceeded Ecology's authority.

"Reservations." The irony burns.

Tribal Chair Brian Cladoosby (who is a candidate for NCAI president, as noted above) has long been a staunch defender of Swinomish sovereignty, treaty rights, and the environment. This is not the only battle the tribe is currently fighting: I've written here about their suit against the Seattle suburb of Oak Harbor and three construction firms for attempting an ned run around tribal concerns on a road project — and then illegally disposing of remains of the Swinomish people's ancestors by giving it away as "free dirt."

"We would have preferred to work together to find a solution to everyone's water needs as we did prior to the original 2001 Rule," observed Cladoosby, "but, Ecology chose to go it alone with the County and we were left without any option other than calling the problems with the 2006 Rule amendments to the attention of a court.  If we had not acted, the stream flows needed to support our diminishing salmon stocks would have been further impacted."
The state's highest court agreed: It invalidated the amended rule on grounds that "it is inconsistent with the plain language of the statute and is inconsistent with the entire statutory scheme."

The Swinomish have long worked hard to fulfill their historical obligations as stewards of their ancestral lands and watersheds, a tradition that appears to be thriving under the leadership of Mr. Cladoosby:

Swinomish is also an important voice on environmental issues: recent local initiatives include restoring indigenous ownership and stewardship of Kiket Island, and restoring the shoreline and developing a park and native-plant garden on Swinomish Channel.

In 2008, Cladoosby helped organize the Canoe Journey Water Quality Project in collaboration with other Coast Salish nations and the U.S. Geological Survey. Canoes participating in the annual Canoe Journey carry probes and global positioning systems that record temperature, salinity, pH levels, dissolved oxygen and turbidity in the Salish Sea. The data is being processed and mapped so researchers can identify patterns and trends in sea conditions. These efforts were honored in 2009 by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior; in 2012, Cladoosby was one of five finalists for the Ecotrust Indigenous Leadership Award.

Perhaps most important is the tack that the Swinomish take in resolving such problems. In keeping with many Native traditions, they begin with a collaborative approach, working to achieve consensus for the best result. When that fails, however, they've shown no hesitation about playing hardball — in the courts, and in the public sphere.  Today, that's the approach that gets results.

And in the face of the growing environmental and existential threats to Indian Country, it's an approach that would make me very comfortable with Mr. Cladoosby at the helm of the NCAI during its 70th-anniversary year.

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FIGHTING BACK: OWNING OUR IMAGES

 photo MotherJonesRedskinsLogo_zps5245a027.gif There's a lot of news on the mascot front this week, as tribes across the country unite to take back our images.

As noted last week, the Oneida Indian Nation has been in the forefront of the immediate movement.  Led by Tribal Chair Ray Halbritter, they've launched ChangetheMascot.org, a social media campaign designed to pressure the Washington team to do the right thing and divest itself of its pernicious racism. They've staged protests outside Washington NFL games, both at home and on the road. They organized a symposium in Georgetown last week to coincide with the NFL owners' meeting, intended to put pressure on racist Washington team owner Dan Snyder (and, by extension, the owners of all other major-league sports teams with racist mascots). As a result of that symposium and the media attention it garnered, the National Football League has now agreed to meet with representatives of the Oneida Indian Nation by November at the latest. It's a small step, but a step nonetheless.

Meanwhile, as also noted last week, President Obama came out in favor of changing the name. And, as Meteor Blades noted in his subsequent diary, FOX News promptly trotted out Lanny Davis [D R Racist Shill] in a failed attempt to defend the indefensible on the most white-privileged of grounds.

Indian groups are not, however, limiting their focus to the Washington [Redacted]. Also in their sights is another racist mascot, Major League Baseball's Cleveland "Indians" and "Chief Wahoo." Reviving an old poster, the NCAI launched a parallel campaign this week, complete with graphic visual aids, as shown in the recent diary by Charles CurtisStanley. [Yes, I know the Cleveland team's current uniforms do not include the appliqué of "Chief Wahoo." The gear with that nasty bit of redface is still for sale and in widespread use, and the team name is itself racist. So, your point?]

The ChangetheMascot.org campaign has spawned a groundswell of support among tribes and Native groups across the country. The Minnesota chapter of the American Indian Movement [AIM] has taken up the mantle for sporting events in its state.

A letter co-written by representatives of the Minneapolis-based American Indian Movement asks the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) to refrain from printing or broadcasting the Redskins’ name or logo within the Metrodome during the team’s Nov. 7 matchup against the Minnesota Vikings. Doing so within a publicly owned facility, they reasoned, violates federal labor laws, hate-speech protections and the civil rights of American Indians.

Failure to honor the request could result in legal action ranging from a temporary injunction to a class-action lawsuit on behalf of American Indian children, said activist Alan Yelsey, who co-wrote the letter. Similar letters will be sent to Twin Cities media outlets urging them to stop using the Redskins name, also under threat of legal action.

The group also plans a protest outside the stadium during the game.

In the meantime, numerous non-Indians have stepped up to tell us how completely un-racist the mascots are, how they're honoring us, how we're "oversensitive" and "looking to be offended," and how it's not a real issue. Here on this site, in every single diary about these issues, including the most recent by Meteor Blades, covering white ESPN sports pundit Rick Reilly's defamatory lies about the position of his father-in-law, Blackfeet elder Bob Burns. As the diary makes clear, Reilly did not simply make an error in quoting his father-in-law; he changed the man's words outright to pretend that bios opinion is the opposite of what it really is [hint: Mr. Burns hates the Washington NFL team's mascot, and thinks it should have been changed long ago.]

Reilly is not the only caught in a lie on this issue this week, either. Washington team owner and ardent racist Dan Snyder was busted attempting to use a Pine Ridge Indian Reservation school to buttress his smoke-blowing about how the mascot "honors" Indians. In a truly disgusting bit of racism, Snyder attempted to invert reality by issuing a letter telling Indians that we need to "respect" what the racist mascot means to the team and the fans. Sort of like how people of color need to respect the "culture" of white sheets and hoods.

And, predictably, he overplayed his hand.

He cited the Red Cloud Athletic Fund, of the Red Cloud Indian School on the Pine Ridge Reservation, as endorsing the use of the racist mascot.

Except, you know, the fund and the school don't endorse it. Indeed, the school's leadership felt so strongly about not endorsing it that it issued its own public letter in response:

As an organization, Red Cloud Indian School has never—and will never—endorse the use of the name “Redskins.” Like many Native American organizations across the country, members of our staff and extended community find the name offensive. Although we were encouraged to hear that National Football League representatives met with the Oneida Nation to discuss the name’s derogatory nature, more must be done. We call on Dan Snyder and managers to engage in further discussion with Native groups across the country and, ultimately, to move toward changing the name, once and for all.

Today, a major part of Red Cloud Indian School’s mission is to honor, celebrate and protect Lakota culture through our K-12 Lakota language curriculum, our Lakota studies program, and our support of Lakota artists through The Heritage Center. We stand against any abuse or appropriation of Native history, culture or heritage—and we believe the use of the name “Redskins” falls into that category.

Boom.

It will take time. It's a battle that's been ongoing for some 40 years already. Suzan Shown Harjo bears the scars. And still she fights. [And just for the record, the sense of personal invasion she recounts? We've all been there. Colonizers aren't deterred in the slightest by the boundaries of our very bodies.]

The victory may be left to those who outlive Snyder. But it will happen. Across the NFL, MLB, the NHL, the NCAA, and countless K-12 schools across the nation.

Because our images and our identities are not up for colonization anymore.

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:: COMMUNITY BUILDING UPDATES ::
Let's build communities!

Every region needs a meatspace community like SFKossacks.
We take care of each other in real life.
I urge YOU to take the lead and organize one in your region.
Please tell us about it if you do and we're here for advice.


THINK GLOBALLY, ACT LOCALLY

:: Regions Organizing ::
>>>Instructions on HOW TO FORM A NEW DAILY KOS GROUP
NEW GROUPS IN THE PROCESS OF ORGANIZING:
Send a Kosmail to the organizers and ask for an invitation to the group.
Northern Indiana Area: Kosmail Tim Delaney

Long Island: Kosmail grannycarol

Northern Michigan: Kosmail JillS

Nebraska: Kosmail Nebraska68847Dem

Westburbia Chicago Kossacks: Kosmail Majordomo

New York Hudson Valley Kossacks: Kosmail boran2

North Carolina Triangle Kossacks: Kosmail highacidity

Caprock Kossacks (Panhandle/Caprock/Lubbock/Amarillo area) : Kosmail shesaid

West Texas Kossacks (including Big Bend Region and El Paso) : Kosmail Yo Bubba

Note to the above new leaders: Feel free to leave a comment any day reminding readers about your new group. Also, tell us about your progress in gathering members. Kosmail me when you've chosen a good name for your group and have created a the group. Then I'll move you to the NEW GROUPS LIST. When you've planned a date for your first event I'll make a banner for you to highlight your event in our diaries and your diaries.
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These are the groups that have started since * NEW DAY * began. Please Kosmail navajo if you have started a group before that.
NEW GROUPS LIST:

California Central Valley Kossacks - Formed: Jul 29, 2012, Organizer: tgypsy

New England Kossacks - Formed: Aug 6, 2012, Organizers:
Clytemnestra for Lower New England (Conneticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island)
nhox42 for Upper New England (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont)

Houston Area Kossacks - Formed: Aug 7, 2012, Organizer: Chrislove

Kossacks in India - Formed: Aug 14, 2012, Organizer: chandu

CenTex Kossacks - Formed: Sep 9, 2012, Organizer: papa monzano

Central Ohio Kossacks - Formed: Sep 26, 2012, Organizer: VetGrl

Kansas City Kossacks - Formed Oct 15, 2012, Organizer: [Founder stepped down]

Phoenix Kossacks - Formed Oct 16, 2012, Organizer: arizonablue

Chicago Kossacks - Formed: Oct 31, 2012, Organizer: figbash

Koscadia the Pacific Northwest coast from Northern California to Alaska  
- Formed Oct 17, 2012, Oganizer: Horace Boothroyd III based in Portland, OR

Boston Kossacks - Formed: Nov 7, 2012, Organizer: GreyHawk

Motor City Kossacks South East Michigan (Detroit) Area - Formed: Nov 10, 2012, Organizer:  peregrine kate

Pittsburgh Area Kossacks - Formed: Nov 12, 2012, Organizer: dweb8231

Salt Lake City Kossacks - Formed: Nov 17, 2012, Organizer: War on Error

Twin Cities Kossacks - Formed: Nov 17, 2012, Organizer: imonlylurking

Dallas Kossacks North Texas - Formed: Nov 21, 2012, Admins: Catte Nappe and dalfireplug. Please contact them to join the group. An Event Organizer needed.

The Southern California Inland Empire Kossacks - Formed: Dec 3, 2012, Organizer: SoCaliana

Los Angeles Kossacks - Formed: Dec 17, 2012, Organizer: Dave in Northridge  

Northeast Ohio Kossacks - Formed: Jan 16, 2013,  Organizer: GenXangster

Kansas & Missouri Kossacks - Formed: Jan 17, 2013, Organizer: tmservo433

I-77 Carolina Kossacks who live from Columbia, SC to north of Winston-Salem, NC. - Formed: Jan 30, 2013, Organizers: gulfgal98 and eeff

Indianapolis Kossacks - Formed: Feb 6, 2013, Organizer: CityLightsLover

Southwest Ohio Kossacks - Formed: May 10, 2013, Organizer: Dr Erich Bloodaxe RN

Northern Arizona Kossacks - Formed:  Jul 5, 2013, Organizer: Sam Sara

Mexican Kossacks - Formed: Apr 14, 2013, Organizer: roberb7

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ESTABLISHED GROUPS LIST: (List will grow as we discover them)

SFKossacks Founded by navajo, Formed: May 2, 2005

Maryland Kos Founded by timmyc, Formed: Feb 23, 2011. Contact: JamieG from Md for a group invite.

New York City Founded by Eddie C - Contact the group organizer for meet-up events: sidnora

Baja Arizona Kossacks, Event Organizer: Azazello

Three Star Kossacks Tennessee, Founded by maryKK, Formed: Apr 8, 2011

Nashville KosKats, Founded by ZenTrainer Formed: Jan 30, 2012

Virginia Kos Founded by JamieG from Md, Formed: May 3, 2011

Kos Georgia Founded by pat208, Formed: Feb 13, 2011

Colorado COmmunity Founded by Leftcandid, Formed: Feb 13, 2011

New Mexico Kossaks Founded by claude

Philly Kos Founded by mconvente Formed: Aug 29, 2011

DKos Florida Founded by ThirstyGator, Formed: Feb 14, 2011, Currently organizing: Kosmail Vetwife to be included in next event.

Oklahoma Roundup Founded by BigOkie, Formed: Feb 13, 2011, Currently organizing: Kosmail peacearena to be included.

DKos Asheville Founded by davehouck, Formed: Feb 13, 2011 - Organizing Assist by: randallt

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:: Events Currently on the Books for ALL Kossacks ::
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Saturday, October 19th

Los Angeles Kossacks Dine at Saladang Song Again

TIME: 2:00 PM
LOCATION: Saladang Song
383 S Fair Oaks Ave • Pasadena

ORGANIZER: Send Dave in Northridge a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. Dave in Northridge
2. 714day
3. SanFernandoValleyMom
4. susans
5. otoelbc
6. philipmerrill
7. gmats
8. ducktape
Maybees:
Latest diary: LA Kossacks: Meetup: October 19, 2:00 PM, Pasadena, Saladang Song
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Saturday, October 19th

DKos Asheville Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: 1:00 PM
LOCATION: The Bywater
796 Riverside Dr. • Asheville

ORGANIZER: Send randallt a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. randallt
2. davehouck
3. Joieau
4. Gordon20024
5. gulfgal98
6. DawnN
7. Sandy on Signal
8. Mr Sandy on Signal
9. Munchkin
10. Alecia
11. Mr Alecia
12. cultjake
13. flwrightman
14. Otteray Scribe
15. Burns Lass
Maybees:
people power granny
One Pissed Off Liberal
Christian Dem in NC
SteelerGrrl
SteelerGuy
polecat
Audri
Phil S 33
bobwilk
Elaine
Latest diary: DKos Asheville - Weekly Open Thread
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Sunday, October 20th

MEGA Philly/NJ/NYC Kossacks Meet-up!

TIME: Noon
LOCATION: Stuff Yer Face
49 Easton Avenue • New Brunswick, NJ

ORGANIZER: Send mconvente a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. mconvente
2. belinda ridgewood
3. thankgodforairamerica
4. gchaucer2
5. sidnora
6. rubyr
7. mattc129
8. hayden
9. mallyroyal
10. Avilyn
11. blue jersey mom
12. ericlewis0
13. Rogneid + husband
14. aoeu
Maybees:
aravir and son
ask
Cinnamon
No Exit
andgarden
asterkitty
pfiore8
joanneleon
renzo capetti
MRA NY
Latest diary: Philly/NJ/NYC Mega Meetup! Additional Call for People Interested in Attending!
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Friday, October 25th

LAKossacks & SoCal Inland Empire See Lewis Black!

TIME: 9:00 PM
LOCATION: Agua Caliente Casino Resort & Spa
32-250 Bob Hope Dr. • Rancho Mirage

ORGANIZER: Send 714day a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. 714day
2. jakedog42
3. susans
4. Otoelbc
Maybees:
Shockwave
SoCaliana
Latest diary: L.A. Kossacks, Lewis Black Fans in So Cal
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Friday, October 25th

Meet the Daily Kos Editorial Staff!

TIME: 6:00 PM
LOCATION: Daily Kos HQ
Address given privately to RSVP'ers • Berkeley

ORGANIZER: Send navajo a kosmail to attend.
You will need to bring Potluck.

HQ will be providing the main course; Salvadoran pupusas queso y loroco, (thick corn masa tortilla stuffed with cheese & Salvadoran vegetables and served with curtido & salsa) tamales de sal, (chicken tamales with potato & gravy steamed in plantain leaves) tamales de elote, (white ground corn served steamed) fried yucca and plantain.

Please volunteer for beverages & side dishes needed below.

- POTLUCK SIGNUP -

Beverages:
20 bottles of wine [11 down, 9 to go]
16 six-packs of beer [5 down, 11 to go]
8 six-packs soft drinks [1 down, 7 to go]
6 six-packs bottles of water [6 complete]

Appetizers:
5 appetizers, anything goes here. Whatcha' got? [3 down, 2 to go]

Side Dishes:
4 green salads needed, each to feed 10 [4 complete]
3 black bean side dishes needed, each to feed 10 (need Salvadoran inspiration?)
3 rice side dishes needed, each to feed 10 (need Salvadoran inspiration?)

Desserts:
6 desserts, a dozen hand-held desserts each [5 down, 1 to go]

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ANNOUNCING: A Carved Pumpkin Contest with 1st, 2nd and 3rd Prizes.
Feel free (or not) to bring an already carved pumpkin complete with candle. They will be placed on the tables for decoration and then voted on by attendees. Remember, a PRE-carved pumpkin.



RSVPs:
1. Markos
Editorial Staff:
2. Susan Gardner
3. Meteor Blades
4. Joan McCarter
5. Hunter
Staff:
6. Faith Gardner
7. Will Rockafellow
8. Jen Hayden
Activism Team:
9. Paul Hogarth
10. Chris Bowers
11. Rachel Colyer
12. Michael Langenmayr
Tech Team:
13. Jason Libsch
14. Scott
15. John
16. elfing
SFKossacks:
17. navajo + large ice chest with ice + 4 bottles of red wine
18. Lusty + dessert
19. side pocket + two 6pks beer + 2 wines + stuffed mushrooms appetizer
20. paradise50 + two 6pks beer
21. smileycreek + 2 wines
22. citisven + beer + beet dip
23. norm + pumpkin bars
24. Lorikeet + big bowl of fruit
25. kimoconnor + appetizer
26. remembrance and TLO + 1 wine
27. Glen the Plumber + Pasta Mystery Dish
28. madhaus
29. dharmasyd + brownies
30. ceebee7 + green salad
31. lineatus
32. Dave in Northridge + 2 bottles of wine
33. linkage
34. LinSea + six 6pks of bottled water
35. Shockwave
36. catilinus
37. FogCityJohn
38. justiceputnam + grilled balsamic veggies
39. zmom
40. exlrrp + souvenirs ;) !
41. shanikka + salad
42. DAH
43. BroadBlogs
44. jpmassar + dessert
45. PatG + dessert
46. LaughingPlanet + one 6pk of juice drinks

Maybees:
Cedwyn

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Saturday, October 26th

Drinks and Dinner at Lefty O'Doul's

TIME: 5:00 PM
LOCATION: Lefty O'Doul's
333 Geary St • San Francisco near Union Square

ORGANIZER: Send navajo a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. navajo
2. smileycreek
3. paradise50
4. dharmasyd
5. kimoconnor
6. Glen the Plumber
7. remembrance
8. norm
9. Dave in Northridge
Maybees:
Eyesbright
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Saturday, October 26th

New England Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: 10:30 AM
LOCATION: Silly’s
40 Washington Avenue • Portland, ME

ORGANIZER: Send nhox42 a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. nhox42
2. rebereads
3. Portia Elm (a potential mileage winner!)
4. bjedward
5. nailbender
6. Bill in Portland Maine
7. Common Sense Mainer
8. mdevine
9. theMarti
10. patmoshimer
11. commonmass
12. Actbriniel
13. LoreleiHI
14. mayim
15. Jane in Maine
16. Padula
17. bluesheep
Maybees:
Latest diary: C+J Kossack Fall Meetup (Updated 9/25/13)
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Saturday, November 2nd

SFKossacks BBQ in the Wine Country

TIME: NOON
LOCATION: Andrew McGuire's home in the Wine Country
Address to be given privately to RSVPs • Windsor
Andrew McGuire is Executive Director of California One Care

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We will also be honoring Día de los Muertos with an altar, feel free to bring something to place there.






ORGANIZER: Send navajo a kosmail to attend.
RSVPs:
1. Andrew McGuire
2. navajo
3. Shockwave
4. Hunter
5. elfing
6. Hunter/elfling offspring
7. smileycreek
8. paradise50
9. dharmasyd
10. maggiejean
11. norm
12. Lusty
13. dksbook
14. Mr. dksbook
15. kimoconnor
16. jpmassar
17. side pocket
18. Mrs. side pocket
19. ceebee7
20. ceebee7's sister
21. leema (will carpool from Marin)
22. Meteor Blades
23. Glen The Plumber
24. remembrance
25. TLO™

Maybees:

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