Here and There - April/May 2015

Upcoming Monthly Men's Sunday Brunches, drop-in anytime 10AM-1PM (bring something to share/cook up): April 19th at Andy Mickel's, 106 SE Arthur Ave, Minneapolis, 55414, 612-331-8396. (in Prospect Park off University Ave near I-94 and 280). May 17th at Bob Schauerhamer's 3232 Fremont Avenue North, #120, Minneapolis, MN 55412, 612-529-8245 (612-670-6508 cell). (South on Fremont from I-94/Dowling Ave N exit). 9 men attended the brunch at Stephen Sewell's in February; around 11 men attended Damon Stark's brunch in March on a warm 70-degree day. - Andy Mickel, 2015-03-16.

Man-Making Blog - What Men Really Want! If you create an anonymous way for men from around the world to speak their personal truth about what they really want, for themselves and the world, you wind up with a deep look into the masculine heart. That's what the hashtag #malewishlist has become. Since 2012, the #malewishlist has continued to accumulate tweets. Over 100 are listed; the first six are:

* For every boy and man to have at least one person to whom he can reveal himself fully without fear of rejection.

* For all dads to feel empowered to care for and connect with their children and feel supported in their efforts to do so.

* To always use the "privileges" given to me by patriarchy to advance a just society.

* For men to be able to speak up about any personal pain and be met with something other than harsh judgement for "failing at manhood."

* Not to be seen as a potential abuser (pedophile) because I'm a man, but someone who is safe for young people to be with.

* To live in a world in which tenderness, compassion, and sensitivity are no longer regarded as primarily feminine qualities.

Complete list at: <>
- Earl Hipp, 2014-12-22


Dear Men's Center, May you continue working your miracles with men. You have our blessings and support. Warmly, John and Bonnie Driggs, 2014-12-27.

Second Chances, "New Minnesota law makes it easier to expunge criminal records" The third time a company offered her a job, then rescinded it, Katie Tourand lost all hope. Although she had served time for two felonies almost a decade ago, Tourand had spent the intervening years cleaning up her act... Like Tourand, hundreds of thousands of Minnesota ex-offenders -- adults with convictions who have completed the terms of their sentences, whether they be probation, parole or prison -- face similar barricades to employment. In Minnesota, employers are allowed to make blanket prohibitions on hiring people with criminal records. Now, some ex-offenders have the option of a second chance. Complete story at:
- Sharyn Jackson, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2015-01-27.

An open warrior circle for GBTQA-identifying men will be held by ManKind Project at the Twin Cities Men's Center Sunday April 9, 6:30 - 8:30p.m. This is open to Gay, Bi, Trans, Queer-questioning, and our Allies. The Circle is Open to initiated and uninitiated Gay/Bi-/Trans-/Questioning-Queer men and our Allies.

The Intention of the evening is to have a Circle for initiated and uninitiated GBTQA men to connect in sacred masculine space. This is not a social or hook-up space. If you are not GBTQ, and want to come, please consider instead supporting us through an intention. Information will be available about "Gateway Training Weekends" of ManKind Project. FFI: <>. - Tom Weaver, 2015-02-17.

The next ManKind Project New Warrior Training Adventure (NWTA) for men in Minnesota will be hosted by Central Plains MKP in mid-April, 2015 at the Goodwill Camp in South Sioux City. Cost is $595.00. Matching Fund Scholarships are available. To hold your place, send a deposit of $150.00 to: Tim Greer, Registrar Central Plains MKP, 12727 W. Dodge Rd. #102A Omaha, NE 68154. FFI: Jamie Wellik 612-267-2467. - Andy Mickel, 2015-03-04.

HIV Instructor training at the Minnesota AIDS Project building. This 2-day course prepares individuals to become community health educators knowledgeable in HIV prevention, transmission, testing, and HIV-related statutes and policies. Individuals will learn how to effectively communicate basic HIV messages in a sensitive, non-judgmental style using different strategies for various audiences. Participants will demonstrate their knowledge and develop public speaking skills through communication exercises. Participants will also gain tools and resources that can be used in providing HIV education in group settings. Upcoming Dates: April 18-19, May 21-22. FFI: - Angela Jensen, Community Education Coordinator, Minnesota AIDS Project,