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Legislative Update; Southwest Airline Pilots Take a Stand

Friday, October 15, 2021



Friday, October 15th, 2021 --

Last weekend the pilots of Southwest Airlines staged a “sickout” resulting in thousands of delays, and stranding passengers across the nation. Instead of asking why the pilots staged a strike, the media has chosen to completely ignore them. Southwest airlines even refuses to acknowledge a strike even happened. Southwest spokesman Chris Mainz even went so far as to say “The weekend challenges were not a result of Southwest employee demonstrations,” I stand with the pilots of Southwest and their efforts to express their anger over the President's unconstitutional orders.

Our nation was founded on the belief that “All men are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights” Since the birth of our nation we have continually revised our understanding of that phrase to make it more inclusive to all Americans regardless of race, sex, or creed. Today marks the first time in history where we no longer hold those truths to be self-evident. We have regressed in our civil liberties in exchange for temporary security. We have lost our privacy, and our ability to work. Our bodily autonomy is the last unmolested freedom Americans retain, yet today, many seem hell bent on getting rid of it. There used to be a time when American exceptionalism blinded us from looking within at our true enemies. Today we need not look further than the White House

We cannot afford to stand by and let our freedoms slowly erode any longer, as Ronald Regan once said in his 1967 inauguration speech “Freedom is a fragile thing and it's never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by way of inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people”

High School Page Program 

I am excited to announce that the High School Page Program is returning to the Minnesota House of Representatives! Students who wish to join the page program for one week during the 2022 regular session of the Minnesota Legislature must apply by November 23, 2021.

The High School Page Program runs for twelve weeks during the legislative session. Each week, eight students work as pages in the Minnesota House of Representatives. These students will get terrific opportunities to participate in the operations of the Minnesota Legislature. Some of these opportunities include meeting with their state representative, observing the legislative process up close, participating in activities in the House chamber, engaging in mock committee meetings, and meeting state officials.

The program officially starts on February 7th and concludes on May 20th. Additionally, a small stipend is available.

To apply, follow this link or call (651) 296-7452.  

The High School Page Program is open to all Minnesota high school students in their JUNIOR year. If you know a high school junior who would like to learn more about our state government and legislative process, I encourage you to send them this information!

Choose Freedom, 

Cal Bahr

State Representative, 31B


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