Invitation to first meeting of the new group

Dear friend,

It seems that the dark clouds of anti-landlord policies have again formed over the city of Minneapolis and we need now to think quite urgently about getting the Property Rights group back together.

I have reserved the community room at the Washburn public library in south Minneapolis for a general meeting of persons who have belonged to Minneapolis Property Rights Action Committee (MPRAC). The meeting will be held next week on Monday, June 12, 2006, between 7:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

The Washburn library is located on Lyndale Avenue and 52nd street (on the west side of Lyndale). The community room is in the basement of the library.

The purpose of the meeting will be to decide whether Minneapolis landlords should again become organized in a group such as what Minneapolis Property Rights Action Committee used to be. If so, what initial steps and decisions need to be taken?

I would point out that a landlord-oriented newspaper, The Watchdog, is currently being circulated throughout Minneapolis and St. Paul. It would be an asset to help whatever group might be established. Jim Swartwood, the newspaper’s publisher, will be on hand with copies of the most recent issue.

I would imagine that we would want once again to have monthly meetings of landlords and we should make arrangements for these meetings to be videotaped and shown on cable television. We would also seek elected leadership and a structure of committee assignments so that the organization will fairly represent the membership and enlist everyone’s talents. We would discuss whether Minneapolis and St. Paul landlords should form a common organization.

Charlie Disney, founder of MPRAC, is expected to be at the meeting.

The future of independent landlord groups in the Twin Cities rests upon this single meeting. Bring your ideas and bring your friends. Again, it’s next Monday - a week from today. A special meeting will be held next Monday, June 12, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the community room of the Washburn public library in Minneapolis for the purpose of reconstructing an organization to fight city-government abuse especially in regards to residential property.

Minneapolis Property Rights Action Committee, a landlord group founded by Charlie Disney in 1994, effectively ceased operations at the end of 2005. For a number of years, the group had hosted a free-speech forum which, among other things, allowed people to offer personal testimony of their experiences with city government. Its monthly meetings were videotaped and shown on cable television. The purpose of the meeting on Monday will be to revive that group in Minneapolis and expand its scope of operation to include St. Paul. Disney is expected to be at that meeting.

Free speech is the cornerstone of democracy. Political action is a key to making constructive changes in our community. All interested persons are to attend and participate in the meeting next Monday to create an organization that will give substance to those ideas.

The Washburn library is located at 5244 Lyndale Avenue South in Minneapolis. Its community room is in the basement.


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