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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.  The immigration portal emphasizes the importance of human rights as the foundation of immigration policy.  In fact, human rights should be seriously considered 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 twelve sections each with its own references.

 

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You Can Make a Big Difference in our Future Together!

Participate in Shaping Your Government

 

 

Tuesday, November 28

6:00 p.m. - Pizza Buffet and Social         6:30 p.m. - Program

 

Brooklyn Park City Council Chambers, 5200 85th Avenue N

 

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Your government will serve you best if you participate in choosing the candidates who will run for office at the city, state, and national levels and contribute to the platform that serves as a guideline for your political party.  The election process starts on February 6 when the caucuses will be meeting.  Think Again Brooklyns will not meet in December to leave your time free for the holidays.  Our November 28th forum will introduce you to ways you can participate in the election process.  Please invite people you know to attend the forum by copying this notice or by sharing the event on Facebook.  We need a lot of people to work together to get elected officials and public policy that will serve us well.

 

Think Again MN is a nonpartisan organization.  We'd like to remind you that campaign literature, signs, clothing, or buttons are not allowed at our forums.  Thank you for remembering this requirement.

 

 

robert marvinMN's Political Organization and the Coming Sequence of Caucuses and Conventions - You don't have to attend all of the conventions, but participating in your precinct caucus and your senate district convention is essential for giving support to your preferred candidates and contributing to your party's platform.  Robert Marvin, currently the Secretary of the Senate District 40 Republican Party, will give you an overview of MN's political units and explain how the caucuses and conventions are related.    Robert Marvin is the Principal Electrical Engineer at R. J. Marvin and Associates.

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 Supporting your Preferred Candidates - It requires attending your precinct caucus and your senate district convention. - Hollies Winston, Ironwood Consult LLC, who earned his MBA at the Carlson School of Management, will explain how it works.

 

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Developing the Party Platform - the importance of submitting Resolutions - Bonnie Jude. who has led  the Senate District 40 DFL team in choosing the Resolutions to be submitted for many elections, will explain how the team works and how Resolutions get to be part of your party's platform.

 

The Resolutions submission and approval process is not exactly the same for the Republican Conventions - Robert Marvin, who has been a member of SD40, CD3, and CD5 GOP Resolution Committees and of the MN GOP State Platform Committee, will explain the process for the GOP Conventions.

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Absentee Voting and Serving as an Election Judge - changes in absentee voting, submitting your vote in person before election day, and the important contribution of election judges from diverse cultures - Devin Montero, Brooklyn Park City Clerk

 

Candidate Forums - Getting to know the candidates, especially their views on issues important to you.

 

 

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The Beginnings, Rapid Progress, and Next Big Strides in MN Clean Energy Print E-mail

 

 

A Broad Overview of Clean Energy in MN

With J. Drake Hamilton, Science Policy Director at Fresh Energy

 

 

j. drake hamiltonJ. Drake Hamilton, Science Policy Director at Fresh Energy, gave a review of MN's beginning legislation and rapid progress in developing clean energy to already almost reach goals set for 2025.   At the NW Climate Action forum on May 25th at the Maple Grove Library, J. also gave a preview of the coming energy revolution involving the electrification of transportation, industry, and heating.  If you missed this excellent forum, be sure to get a preview of the coming energy revolution by taking a look at Carol Woehrer's notes capturing the main points of J. Hamilton's presentation.

 

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Equity in the Cities Print E-mail

 

Photos by Wayne Doe - Feeling inspired at Think Again Brooklyns Forum "Equity in the Cities" with presenters Wokie Freeman - Assistant City Manager, City of Brooklyn Park and Joy Marsh Stephens - Equity and Inclusion Manager, City of Minneapolis at the City of Brooklyn Park City Council Chambers on May 16, 2017.

 

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                                                       Joy Marsh Stephens Speaking on Minneapolis Staff's Training in Equity

 

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"Undocumented" is not a state one chooses. Print E-mail

 

 

 

julissa arceJulissa Arce worked her way up to become the vice president at Goldman Sachs by age 27 while being an undocumented immigrant from Mexico. When she gives lectures at colleges and universities, people often ask, "Why don't "illegals" get in the back of the line, and do it the right way?"  She notes that "the line" is a mythical place that distracts from the need for immigration reform.  Most undocumented immigrants cannot complete an application, go through a process, or pay a fine to start the process of becoming U.S. citizens.  Read Arce's CNBC article:  "Here's the myth about being an undocumented immigrant that drives me crazy."

 

 

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NW Business and Employment Opportunity Fair Print E-mail

 

 

Great Business and Employment Resources

at North Hennepin Community College Fair

 

 

Speakers from Everyone In, the City of Brooklyn Park Business Department, the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers, the Neighborhood Development Center, and EMERGE together with representative of 18 organizations that hosted tables, provided a wide range of information and resources at the NW Business and Employment Opportunity Fair.  The Fair was held in the Grand Hall of the NHCC Business and Technology Fair the evening of Tuesday, February 21.  It was sponsored by NHCC, Hennepin Technical College, and Think Again Brooklyns with the help of cosponsors incuding the City of Brooklyn Park; Everybody In; the Human Rights Commission; and the Brooklyn Park, Osseo, Maple Grove, and Brooklyn Center Chapter of the League of Women Voters.

 

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Sam Grant, Executive Director of Everybody In, gave the opening talk on Minnesota's worst in the nation disparities between whites and immigrants and people of color.  Everybody In is serving as a clearinghouse for data, insights, and best practices for closing the disparity gap.

 

Seated are the other speakers:  Rob Smolund, Finance Director at the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers; Mohamed Ali, Associate Director, and Fatima Muhammad, Director of Workforce Development, at EMERGE; Teshite Wako, Finance Director of the Neighborhood Development Center; and Adeel Ahmed, Brooklyn Park Business Coordinator.  Michael Birchard, the Chief Diversity and Affirmative Action Officer at NHCC moderated the forum.

 

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Right - Thea Gaither, Client Services Specialist at Women Venture, explained to a Fair attendee the services Women Venture provides for women planning to start or expand a small business.

                                                                                              

Photos by Linda Freemon

 

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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 http://mnvotes.org

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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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