Mark Jaede has been a DFL activist for years. I remember covering an event he planned during Gov. Dayton’s government shutdown in July, 2011. Jaede’s activism hasn’t waned since then. In fact, Dr. Jaede is using government resources to promote his political activism. Last night, I got an email from a loyal reader of LFR. Included in the email is the email Dr. Jaede sent to St. Cloud State’s Announce listserv.
From what I’ve been told, Announce is only supposed to be used to announce University events. If people want to discuss community-related events, they’re supposed to use the Discuss listserv. This isn’t the first time Dr. Jaede has misused this government resource.
Dr. Jaede opened his activist announcement by saying “Colleagues, St. Cloud City Council Member Jeff Johnson reportedly plans to submit a resolution calling for a temporary ban on resettlement of refugees in St. Cloud. This is an action associated with the anti-Muslim speakers who have been touring Minnesota and recently held an anti-Muslim session at Granite City Baptist Church. You can learn more here: http://www.unitecloud.org/supportcentralmnrefugees/ If you wish to share your views on the resolution, you can find councilmembers’ email addresses here: http://ci.stcloud.mn.us/Directory.aspx?DID=35”
This isn’t related to the University. That’s political activism. There’s more to Jaede’s email:
The Mission – St. Cloud, MN – Official Website
The mission of the City of St. Cloud is to provide high quality public services for our residents in a cost effective, responsive, innovative and professional manner …
Or you can attend the upcoming City Council meeting on the evening of Monday, October 23. If you are a St. Cloud resident you may address the council.
As always, any responses to this announcement should be sent to Discuss or to me personally, not to Announce.
If Jaede wants to be a DFL activist, that’s his choice. Being a DFL activist on the taxpayers’ dime isn’t ok, though.
According to his University webpage, Jaede is the “Director of Latin American Studies” at “St. Cloud State University.” Further, the webpage for St. Cloud State’s Latin-American Studies program states “When you choose the Latin American Studies program, you will learn about the people, lands and cultures of Latin America and their interactions with the rest of the world. You’ll study their language and their history as well as the social, economic, environmental and international issues facing the countries of that region. You will complete a year of coursework in Spanish or Portuguese and be encouraged to travel to view situations first-hand. Through service-learning projects and internships, you’ll have opportunities to work alongside those hoping to improve their corner of the world.”
I’m 100% positive that Somalia isn’t part of Latin America.