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July Stone Arch: Susan Brower, Minnesota State Demographer Print E-mail
Written by John Farrell   

 

Changing Demographics and the Importance of the Census


Saturday, July 14             8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

 

Wilde Roast Cafe, 65 SE Main St, Minneapolis, MN 55414


With Susan Brower - State Demographer

 

A Star Tribune article earlier this week highlighted what’s at stake and how Minnesotans are preparing for the 2020 Census. Susan Brower’s office of demographic experts helps lead Minnesota’s effort to ensure everyone is counted. She’ll talk about the state’s changing demographics, the importance of the census, and why at least one proposed census question is controversial.

 

susan browerSusan Brower is the Minnesota State Demographer and directs the MN State Demographic Center. Susan became the State Demographer in February 2012. In that capacity, she travels the state talking with Minnesotans about the new social and economic realities that are brought about by recent demographic shifts. Susan's work applies an understanding of demographic trends to changes in a range of areas including the state's economy and workforce, education, health, immigration and rural population changes.

 

Susan joined the State Demographic Center after working as a researcher on the Minnesota Compass project at Wilder Research in St. Paul. Prior to that, she worked at the Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan.

 

Susan earned her Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Michigan, specializing in demography and family sociology. She also holds a master's degree in public policy from Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.


As usual, invite anyone interested--free and open to the public. Come, buy your coffee (the law is you can't bring food or drinks into a restaurant), learn a lot and have your questions ready.

 

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The Me Too Movement - Think Again Brooklyns Print E-mail

 

 
How Is the Me Too Movement Influencing Public Policy?



Tuesday, July 17

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

 

Brooklyn Park City Council Chambers

5200 85th Avenue North, Brooklyn Park, MN

 

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Moderator - Asma Mohammed, Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment

 

 

Speakers


 

melissa hortmanjoycepeppinMelissa Hortman - House Republican Majority Leader Joyce Peppin (left) proposed adding a single new line to the Minnesota Human Rights Act’s definition of sexual harassment: “An intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment does not require the harassing conduct or communication to be severe or pervasive.”  DFL Minority Leader Melissa Hortman in the House and Senator Karin Housley, R-St. Mary’s Point, in the Senate introduced identical bills with her statement.  Representative Hortman will discuss the outcome of the legislation and how it will effect the legislature, state government, and employment.

 

Sergeant Robert Roushar and Detective Andrew Bromen will cover the standard procedures the police department uses for handling sexual abuse cases.  They will explain how the police department deals with victims of sexual violence, how someone gets charged and convicted, what are some of the barriers in these cases, and the difference between sexual harrassment and sexual abuse.  Andrew Broman will present a PowerPoint.  

 

Keisha T.  will present a PowerPoint that covers Cornerstone's process and resources available to victims of sexual violence.  Cornerstone partners with the Brooklyn Park Police Department to provide comprehensive services and support for adults and children in Brooklyn Park who have been impacted by domestic violence, sexual violence and/or human trafficking.

 

 

leslie lienemannLeslie L. Lienemann, a partner at Culberth & Lienemann, LLP, has devoted her entire career to representing working people in employment and civil rights cases including harassment, discrimination, retaliation, whistleblowing, employment contracts, defamation, wage claims, school bullying and police excessive force. Ms. Lienemann is a frequent speaker at local, regional, and national legal seminars on topics relating to employment law.  She has been active in present and past leadership roles in the Employee Lawyers Association of the Upper Midwest, the Minnesota Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association and 8th Circuit NELA.  As part of the MN NELA Amicus Committee, Ms. Lienemann  co-authored more than a dozen amicus briefs submitted to the Minnesota Court of Appeals and Minnesota Supreme Court covering a variety of important employment law questions.   Minnesota Law & Politics magazine named her to the Rising Stars list in 1998 and since then to the annual Super Lawyers.

 

 

Thank you to the organizers of the July forum:  Linda Freemon and Florkime Paye

 

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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.

 

Enter the Portal

 

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Paths to Citizenship Can Reduce Federal Deficit Print E-mail

 

Creating Paths to Citizenship

Can Reduce the Growing Federal Deficit

 

 

As of September 30, 2017, the U.S. budget deficit was $665.7 billion or about 3.5% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).  As a result of the tax bill, the budget deficit was expected to rise to $1 trillion in 2019, which is equivalent of about 4.8% of GDP.  The U.S. budget that was just passed would increase next year’s deficits to about $1.2 trillion. 

douglas holtz-eakin 2How might this big increase in the U.S. budget deficit be reduced?  Douglas Holtz-Eakin, Congressional Budget Office Director under President H. W. Bush and currently President of the conservative American Action Forum, concluded in 2013 that increasing the number of immigrants would reduce the federal deficit by about $300 billion per year or by $2.7 trillion over 10 years

A 2016 Center for American Progress study found that deporting 7 million unauthorized immigrants nationally, about five percent of the U.S. workforce, would amount to a loss of $4.7 trillion in gross domestic product and a loss of $900 billion in federal government revenues. This study concluded that GDP would immediately drop 1.6% and would drop by 2.6% over 10 years. The federal deficit would increase close to a trillion dollars by 2026.

 

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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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