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J. Drake Hamilton on Climate Change and Clean Energy - Westside Progressives Print E-mail
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Tuesday, September 25

        6:00 p.m. Doors Open           6:15 p.m. Dinner             7:00 p.m. Speaker Presentation           


Church of the Epiphany, 4900 Nathan Lane N, Plymouth, MN 55442



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J. Drake Hamilton from Fresh Energy


j. drake hamiltonJ. is an expert in climate and energy policy and serves as the Science Policy Director at Fresh Energy. In addition to scientific analysis and policy development, J. represents Fresh Energy at global summits and even witnessed the 2015 Paris Agreement.

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Immigrants' Contributions to MN's Economy - Think Again Brooklyns Print E-mail


As MN's Population Grows Older

Immigrants Contribute to MN's Business Success


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Youth Present Business Plans at Neighborhood Development Center


Wednesday, September 26                 10 a.m. to Noon

Banquet Room, Maple Grove Community Center, 12951 Weaver Lake Road, Maple Grove MN


RSVP on Facebook: or to Carol Woehrer, 763-607-4287


You and your friends will enjoy this forum with two speakers who celebrate the contributions of immigrants' to MN's economy. The event Minnesota's state demographers have been discussing for years, has arrived - the retirement of the large cohort born after World War II called the "Baby Boomers,"  which brings with it several big changes in Minnesota's work force. Both speakers will include references to MN's changing demographics which are causing a decline in MN's labor force and a need for additional services, especially in health care, while providing career opportunities for MN's new immigrants.


bill blazarAn Overview of Immigrants' Contributions - Bill Blazar
Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Business Development
Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
Leader, Minnesota Business Immigration Coalition


Bill Blazar is a past member and chair of the board of the Government Relations Council. He has also served in a leadership capacity for Minnesota's P16 Education Partnership, the Minnesota Health Data Institute, and the Citizens League. Bill Blazar will speak on Immigrants' Contributions to Minnesota, their importance to Minnesota's economy, and ways to assure their success through education and good jobs.


lyna nyamwayaImmigrants' Important Role in Health Care - Lyna Nyamwaya
RN, PHN, Administrative Manager, North Memorial Health
Doctor of Nursing Practice Student


Lyna Nyamwaya is Founder and President of the African Nurses Network, Inc., a nonprofit organization which aims to make nurses of color visible by creating and providing opportunities for underserved populations. Ms. Nyamwaya will speak on immigrants' extensive participation in health care from working in beginning positions serving as nursing assistants to providing highly specialized care as physicians.


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Osseo Public Schools: Creating Equity PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Carol Woehrer   
Sunday, 23 September 2018 00:22


Osseo District 279 School Board Candidates

Thursday, October 4             7 to 9 p.m.

St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church
7180 Hemlock Lane N, Maple Grove, MN 55369
(Just south of Highway 694)

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The Osseo School district is one of the most racially diverse districts in the state. It is also a district where the equity gap between white students and students of color persists when it comes to academic achievement and school suspensions.
Osseo has a key opportunity to close these gaps and lead the state in terms of educating a diverse student body. But we need our leaders to make it happen!

Join Us!

We will share what we need from our school board and learn about our candidates as we ask them to share their vision for creating equity and fostering an environment where all children can thrive and reach their full potential


Elect 3 Osseo School Board Members, District 279 - Brigitte Alexander, Heidi R. Clayman, Jessica Craig, Kelsey Dawson Walton, David Dostal, Sizi G. Goyah, Dan Hobot, Miamon Queeglay, Cindy Shevlin-Woodcock, Tanya Simons

Special Election - James E. Burgett and Jackie Mosqueda-Jones

Child care available by registering with Roxanne Smith at 763-400-7208 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Sponsors:  St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, ACER, Think Again MN, The NW Suburbs Community and Labor Coalition








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2018 Candidate Forums Link Print E-mail


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2018 Candidate Forums Link


Our local League of Women Voters and Chamber of Commerce are presenting forums for the following candidates:  Mayor and City Council for Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Osseo, and Maple Grove:  MN Senators and Representatives for Senate Districts 34, 36, and 40; School Board Candidates for Brooklyn Center, District 286 and Osseo, District 279; Congressional District 3; and Hennepin County Sheriff.  Other groups including nearby chapters of the League of Women Voters are presenting forums for Robbinsdale, School District 281, Supreme Court Judges, and the Gubernatorial Candidates.   Click here for the details on location, date, time, and candidates.







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  Immigration Portal 



sanctuary movement paradeIntroduction - This immigration portal presents the origins of current American immigration policy and the harm done to immigrants and their families, as well as to cities, states, and the national economy by the current U.S. immigration policy.  It uses as examples estimates of the cost of the nation's current deportation policy on the state of Minnesota and for one suburb.  The immigration portal emphasizes the importance of human rights as the foundation for immigration policy. 



In the process of researching the causes and costs of the current U.S immigration policy, it became apparent that several other policy issues are very important.  These include the importance of early childhood education for children under stress; the impact of industrialized agriculture, not only on destroying the financial viability of community farming in Mexico and parts of Africa and family farms in the U.S., but also on greatly increasing greenhouse gas emissions and the pollution of rivers, streams, and lakes in the U.S.  This points to the need for human rights to be a central consideration in all public policy issues including climate and environmental policy, trade policy, health, education, labor, and prison policies.  The United  States has fallen behind in support of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights and other Human Rights Conventions.  



The information in the immigration portal was originally written as a single paper with references at the end of the paper.   We decided the paper was too long, and it would be better to divide it into sections each with its own references.


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MN's Leading Election System

With Secretary of State Steve Simon


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Listen to Secretary of State Steve Simon's excellent presentation on MN's outstanding election system emulated by many other states at the Think Again Brooklyns forum January 19, 2016.  Secretary Simon includes ways in which it can be improved, and he explains why it is important to vote.  He concludes with a quote from a tee shirt:  "Failure to vote is not an act of rebellion.  It is an act of surrender."

Get details on how to vote at

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How Oregon Became the Easiest Place to Vote in the US

By Lornet Turnbull
YES! Magazine
October 8, 2016


In January, Oregon became the first state in the country to begin automatically registering eligible citizens to vote when they obtain or renew their driver's licenses or state IDs, completely shifting the burden of voter registration from the individual to the government. 

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