A welcome return of drug-store democracy

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New forum relaunches legendary discussion group. The first topic — the legacy of slavery — won’t be timid.

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The iconic pot-bellied stove was absent. No jam-packed retail shelves stood watch. But the essential ingredients of the never-named monthly discussion group that challenged premises and pricked consciences at a Prospect Park drug store for 27 years came together anew last week — chief among them the group’s founder, Tom SenGupta.

SenGupta, 76, has had two cancer surgeries and a run of chemotherapy in the year since he sold Schneider Drug on University Avenue, the independent drug store he owned for 43 years. But the pharmacist has recovered sufficiently to again pursue what always seemed to be his true calling — the perfecting of American democracy. … read more

Introducing the Tom SenGupta Forum

Last March we announced the Sabo Center’s partnership with Changing the Norm of Society, a project conceived by Tom SenGupta, long time pharmacist and owner of Schneider Drug on University Avenue in Minneapolis, who convened hundreds of conversations on politics and public issues that took place after hours right in the aisles of the drug store. Today we are pleased to introduce the project under its new name, the Tom SenGupta Forum.

Tom Sengupta
MinnPost photo by Bill Kelley, full story linked below.

The project’s mission is to create inclusive places with opportunities for learning and sharing of ideas which inspire ordinary citizens to reclaim our moral compass and reshape our world. Planning is underway to open the Tom SenGupta Forum soon and the first topic will be the legacy of slavery and its impact on society today.

Learn more about Tom SenGupta
MinnPost column by Doug Grow: The Legend of Tom SenGupta
Star Tribune column: Beloved community leader to say goodbye to his independent drugstore
Star Tribune column: Philosopher pharmacist dreams of a memorial to the common man

Make a Gift to the Tom SenGupta Forum
Click here to make an online donation.

To donate to the project by mail, send a check payable to Augsburg College to:
Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship, Tom SenGupta Forum
2211 Riverside Avenue, CB 10
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Stay in Touch
To receive e-mail updates about the Tom SenGupta Forum please send a message to sabocenter@augsburg.edu

Special Project: Tom SenGupta Forum

The Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship is partner and fiscal host of the Tom SenGupta Forum (formerly called Changing the Norm of Society), a project honoring, and learning from, the power of ordinary folks to stand for justice, and change the norms of our society for the better. The project is the brainchild of Tom Sen Gupta, long time pharmacist and owner of Schneider Drug on University Avenue in Minneapolis, who convened hundreds of conversations on politics and public issues that took place after hours right in the aisles of the drug store.

Learn more about Tom SenGupta

Star Tribune column: Philosopher pharmacist dreams of a memorial to the common man

Star Tribune column: Beloved community leader to say goodbye to his independent drugstore

Make a Gift

To donate to the project by mail, send a check payable to Augsburg College to:

Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship, Tom SenGupta Forum
2211 Riverside Avenue, CB 10
Minneapolis, MN  55454