Written by John Risken
What A Collaboration Can Achieve
Tuesday, November 18 Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Mount Zion Temple, 1300 Summit Avenue, St. Paul
(Hamline and Summit Avenues)
Frank Forsberg - Senior Vice-President of Systems Change and Innovation at Greater Twin Cities United Way, and Chair,
Executive Committee of MinneMinds
Mr. Forsberg also serves on the board of the St. Paul Promise Neighborhood, which offers comprehensive academic and social supports to children in St. Paul's Frogtown and Summit-University neighborhoods, and is chair of the board of the Minneapolis Northside Achievement Zone, which has a $28 million federal grant to support its work to end multi-generational poverty in North Minneapolis.
MinneMinds, a collaboration of over 90 organizations, is working to make sure every child in Minnesota has the opportunity to access high quality early childhood education. For the last three years the MinneMinds Campaign has been working to increase the amount of public funding available for the most at-risk families for early childhood education and to improve the quality of early childhood education through the Parent Aware Early Childhood Education rating system. So far the Campaign has helped secure nearly $50 million for early learning scholarships and the expansion of Parent Aware. However, there is a long way to go to provide every family the opportunity for quality early childhood education.
Frank Forsberg will offer an update on the Campaign: what it is, what it has accomplished, and what it is looking to accomplish in 2015.
RSVP: The forum is free, but please let us know by clicking here if you plan to attend.
Parking: There is ample off-street parking in Mt. Zion's own lot across the street to the east, right behind Kowalski's Market.
Coffee and water are provided. Feel free to bring your own lunch.
Co-convenors: Don Fraser and Grant Abbott
Equal Opportunity in the 21st Century
Tuesday, November 18
6 p.m. Pizza Buffet & Social 6:30 p.m. Program
Brooklyn Park City Council Chambers
5200 85th Avenue N
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Though it is a half century since the U.S. passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, there is a lot of work to be done by both citizens and government officials before our state and nation comes close to reaching a goal of freedom from discrimination and racial disparities.
Commissioner Kevin Lindsey
MN Department of Human Rights
Commissioner, Kevin Lindsey manages the Department whose mission is to make Minnesota discrimination free. The Department of Human Rights investigates approximately 1,000 charges of discrimination a year. It ensures that large state contractors who do business with the State of Minnesota provide equal employment opportunity, and it helps the Governor of Minnesota develop policy to reduce disparities that exist in the areas of education, employment, health, criminal justice, public accommodation, and public services.
Commissioner Lindsey's discussion will include updates in the legal requirement for diversity and inclusion in state hiring and in state contracts with large employers as well as recent legislation such as Ban the Box and the Women's Economic Security Act. He'll talk about recent instances of discrimination in employment and education that have arisen due to the ebola crisis. He'll describe the requirements for filing a claim and the assistance that is available for filing a discrimination charge.
A question and answer session will follow Commissioner Lindsey's presentation. Please bring your observations on the kinds of disparities to which you think our state needs to give attention and your ideas on the policies and programs which could reduce or eliminate the disparities.
Kevin Lindsey was appointed Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Rights in February 2011. He had previously served as a civil litigation attorney in the Office of the Ramsey County Attorney, and has 20 years of experience in resolving complex legal and public policy questions.
Sponsored by Think Again MN, The Brooklyn Park Human Rights Commission, the Brooklyn Park Diversity Team, and the Brooklyn Park, Osseo, Maple Grove, and Brooklyn Center Chapter of the League of Women Voters.
Written by Lori Sturdevant
The Quie-Fraser Example
Sondra Samuels said aloud what others had been thinking Wednesday at a salute to two of Minnesota's favorite nonagenarians, former Minneapolis Mayor Don Fraser and former Gov. Al Quie: "I am so honored that we are not here doing a eulogy!" Quie and Fraser were undoubtedly glad about that too.
But it was more than longevity and past accomplishments that were being praised as the two former elected officials, one DFLer, one Republican, were honored as part of the Citizens League's annual meeting and the sixth annual observance of the "Common Quest for Common Ground" series established in honor of the late Humphrey School dean John Brandl.
Samuels called attention to the work Quie and Fraser are still doing, today more together than apart, to spur organizations such as the one she heads, the Northside Achievement Zone, to lift families out of poverty via improved education for their children. With a voice thick with emotion, Samuels called them "my brothers" because "they love children and they love justice."
Read more at Startribune.com
The New York Times called for a rate cap on payday loans. ". . . the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau found that hidden fees and charges on payday loans were so high that only 15 percent of borrowers could raise the money to repay the total debt on time without quickly borrowing again." See the New York Times editorial.
Make Your Dreams Come True
Control Your Money, Debt, and Credit
You can manage your money so you don't need to incur the huge costs of payday loans. Yes, going to a payday lender to cash a check or take out a loan is easy, and the people who serve you are often friendly. However, that friendly assuring manner comes with a big cost. You will typically be required to pay back three times as much as you borrowed. You can find out how to manage your money so that you can keep more for yourself and your family by taking advantage of workshops offered in and near Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center as well as online courses.
Community Action Partnership of Suburban Hennepin offers workshops on budgeting, controlling your debt, and maintaining a good credit rating, as well as on the rights and responsibilities of renters, home ownership, and financial management for senior citizens. You can find the upcoming courses by clicking on the homebuyer, renter, and financial literacy courses in the left hand column of their website:
TopLine Credit Union offers a variety of seminars related to youth financial literacy, paying less for college, survival budgeting, getting out of debt, retirement, insurance, homebuying, and business. You can find them at:
TCF Bank has an online Financial Education Center. It offers modules that include an summary of what is included in the learning module, the instructions on the topic, and a brief quiz to check if you understood the lesson. Each module you complete is checked off. Eight lessons are currently included at the TCF Bank Education Center: Savings and Investments, Mortgages, Overdrafts, Payment Types and Credit Cards, Credit Scores and Reports, Identity Protection, Insurance and Taxes, and Financing Higher Education. You will need to check in with a password which you enter the first time you use the Center. Get started at:
Community Action Partnership of Suburban Hennepin has online instruction for home buying at:
The crowd listening to Janna King discuss strategies to help facilitate
economic development along the light rail transit corridors. The Think
Again Brooklyns forum May 20, 2014 aimed to prepare residents of
communities along the Bottineau LRT corridor for participating in work-
shops for planning development in the areas surrounding the LRT
One of the big questions during the Question and Answer session was
who pays for the transit system. The project is estimated to cost about
$1 billion. Funding is expected from the Counties Transit Improvement
Boards' transit sales tax in the metro area (30 percent), the Hennepin
County Regional Railroad Authority (10 percent), the State of Minnesota
(10 percent), and the Federal Transit Administration (50 percent).
Photo by Linda Freemon
Carol LeFleur from MICAH; Elizabeth Knight, Brooklyn Park City Council Member;
Hassanen Mohammed, Chair, Brooklyn Park Human Rights Commission;
Senator Chris Eaton; Reva Chamblis, Brooklyn Park Human Rights Commissioner
Photo by Mayor Jeff Lunde
Written by John Farrell
The MN Daily reports that the city of Minneapolis proclaimed Feb. 7 "Don Fraser Day" to honor the former state senator, mayor, and U.S. representative on his birthday. Don and his wife, Arvonne, were instrumental in establishing the long-running Stone Arch Discussion group and supporting many of Think Again MN's other activities.
From the article:
A former state senator representing the University of Minnesota area now has a day of his own. The City Council on Friday proclaimed Feb. 7, 2014 to be “Don Fraser Day” in honor of the former mayor and congressman’s birthday.
Council members also introduced new ordinance topics and honored the death of a community member. Fraser served as a state senator in the 1950s before being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1962. He became mayor of Minneapolis in 1979 and was the longest-serving mayor in the city’s history.
“I found the job of being mayor one of the most interesting jobs I’ve ever
had,” Fraser said in a short acceptance speech that was received by a
standing ovation from council members and attendees. “I appreciate this very
Read more at MNDaily.com
Read the "Don Fraser Day" Proclamation.