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MAPL will kick off the 2013-14 academic year this Friday, September 6th with a MAPL gathering at Sammy's Pizza (103 W. 1st St., Duluth, MN 55802). All MAPLers, past, present and future, are welcome to join us from 9:00pm - 11:30pm for a fun night of drinks, dinner and conversation. As a bonus, Josh Wise and The People's Jug Band will be performing live.

Josh Wise is joining MAPL this weekend as a guest speaker in Marcia Avner's class, The Impact of Art on Social Change. Josh has a strong background in the Labor Movement and Nonprofits. His work reflects a strong belief in the power of advocacy and public policy to create a better world for all. Josh has often worked to incorporate his passion for music as a catalyst for promoting social justice.

Josh's involvement in the nonprofit sector began early. Both of his parents have professional backgrounds in nonprofits, and as such, Josh did his first nonprofit mailing at the age of 6 in exchange for a trip to the baseball card store, thereby launching his career in the nonprofit sector.

After attending Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, Josh worked for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and Minnesota Citizens for the Arts. While at SEIU, Josh co-founded and still directs the Twin Cities Labor Chorus, thus uniting his passions of music and social justice. Additionally, Josh entertains his musical passions by serving on the organizing committee of the Minneapolis Battle of the Jug Bands, which raises funds for nonprofits in the West Bank neighborhood of Minneapolis, and is the longest running Jug Band gathering in the known universe. Josh is a member of the People's Jug Band and will be playing at Sammy's Pizza on Friday night.

Currently, Josh is the executive director of the Minnesota Fair Trade Coalition and a founding partner of Sinderbrand Wise Strategies, a consultancy dedicated to working with electoral and advocacy campaigns to connect the right message to the right group of people in order to maximize their efforts. He also serves on the St. Paul Regional Labor Federation Labor Community Action Committee. He lives in St. Paul with his wife and multiple animals.