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Nonpartisan Caucus Workshop PDF Print E-mail

 

Brooklyn Township Room, Brooklyn Park City Hall

5200 85th Avenue N, Brooklyn Park, MN

 

Thursday, February 11

6 p.m.  Light Supper               6:30 p.m.  Workshop

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irene njorogeDo you ever think that your government - city, state, or national - is not paying attention to your situation or your family's needs? You can do something about that by participating more fully in the electoral process. It will take a little of your time, but can produce big results in your favor, especially if you combine your efforts with others.

hollies winstonMinnesota has a unique electoral process which provides for broad participation by voters, not only in voting, but in developing a party's platform and endorsing candidates to run for office. It all starts with your party's caucuses on Tuesday, March 1. This Caucus Workshop will introduce new caucus goers or those who haven't been to a caucus in some time to what happens at a caucus, and explain how you can have a big impact in this important grassroots process.

The nonpartisan workshop is sponsored by Think Again MN. Hollies Winston, Irene Njoroge, and other experienced caucus goers will lead the discussion.  If you have questions, contact Carol Woehrer, 763-537-0816, carolwoehrer@usfamily.net

 

 

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The Impact of Domestic Abuse on Children PDF Print E-mail

 

Tuesday, February 16

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

Cafeteria, Hennepin Technical College
9000 Brooklyn Blvd, Brooklyn Park, MN 55428


jean maierhoferModerator: Jean Maierhofer


Chief Diversity and Affirmative Action Officer
Hennepin Technical College



So you thought you were born with an IQ? Think Again! Our speakers will address the long lasting impact of domestic abuse on children and the big boost parents and others can give to children's intellectual abilities.


mike tikkanenTHE INCALCULABLE TOLL OF CHILDHOOD TRAUMA ON SOCIETY with Mike Tikkanen - Founder, Kids At Risk Action (KARA); author, Invisible Children

Kids At Risk Action, a non-profit advocacy network focused on issues related to neglected and abused children, works to educate individuals and communities about the need to protect the rights of children:
http://www.invisiblechildren.org/

Mr. Tikkanen has been the keynote speaker at business, community, and religious organizations and has led a workshop addressing the rights of children at the United Nations in New York. He has worked with over fifty children in the County Child Protection System as a a volunteer in the Guardian ad-Litem program as a court-appointed special advocate (CASA).


mike troyBRAIN DEVELOPMENT IN EARLY CHILDHOOD AND THE EFFECTS OF TOXIC STRESS with Dr. Michael Troy - Medical Director, Behavioral Health Services and Associate Medical Director, Neuroscience Program, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

Dr. Troy's clinical and academic interests include diagnostic classification issues in developmental psychopathology, models of therapeutic assessment, and teaching child clinical psychology as part of hospital and community medical education programs. Dr. Troy is a top expert in children's brain development and how it can be enhanced by interaction with family members and other adults or impaired by stress. His explanations are clear and his insights are valuable to everyone who interacts with young children including family members, neighbors, teachers, social workers, and older children.


sam mwangiDOMESTIC ABUSE IN THE AFRICAN DIASPORA with Samuel Mwangi - Founder and Executive Director of the Global Fatherhood Foundation (GFF)

Mr. Mwangi has addressed issues which impact the African community in Diaspora by hosting events on topics such as the Global Challenges Which Men Go Through, the Next Generation Youth Program, and Domestic Violence in Diaspora. He spoke last January at a Civil Rights forum at Hennepin Technical College on "What to Do if the Police Stop you."

GFF mentors young fathers to help guide and support them with their transition to their new role as fathers. The mentor serves as a a role model who offers guidance, support to increase self esteem, and counsel on the benefits of completing high school, and continuing with education.


Question and Answer Session


Hennepin Technical College is located on the north side of Brooklyn Blvd, at the stoplight west of Boone, just east of Highway 169.

Parking is free: Drive along right side of college to Lot 4 in back.
Enter Door J2, the first building on the left. The cafeteria will be to your right.



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Kids at Risk Action (KARA) PDF Print E-mail

 

KIDS AT RISK ACTION (KARA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit.

OUR MISSION is to be a passionate and unapologetic advocate for the welfare of abused and neglected children supporting the people, policies and programs that improve their lives.

OUR INITIATIVES include raising awareness of at-risk children by:
    •    Civic involvement is the solution to America’s At Risk Youth problem.
    •    Advance the reach of KARA’s Community Forums
    •    Conduct outreach, grant-writing and fundraising
    •    Research, speaking and writing about child abuse and child protection issues

- See more at: http://www.invisiblechildren.org/about/#sthash.VEFebhOV.dpuf

 

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Mental Health Shortages, Sheriffs & Children PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Tikkanen   


mike tikkanenI attended Syl Jone's play BECAUSE at the Mixed Blood Theatre last week. It's a moving piece that explores living with mental health issues from multiple perspectives leaving the audience with a personal sense of what it's like to be this person, live with this person and understand this person. Syl is now the Resident Fellow for Narrative Health at HCMC (I think every hospital should have such a position - how else can these stories be told?) I asked Syl at the play if he would consider writing about the mental health issues of children in child protective services, he seemed interested. If you know Syl Jones, please let him know how important this topic is. Back to Sheriffs and Children (the title). At the end of the play, Syl Jones & a panel (moderated by Eduardo Colon, the new Psychiatry Chief at HCMC) of professionals & one very articulate person living with serious mental health issues further explored the realities of mental health and mental health services in our community.  Read more.

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I attended Syl Jone’s play BECAUSE at the Mixed Blood Theatre last week.  It’s a moving piece that explores living with mental health issues from multiple perspectives leaving the audience with a personal sense of what it’s like to be this person, live with this person and understand this person.   Syl is now the Resident Fellow for Narrative Health at HCMC (I think every hospital should have such a position – how else can these stories be told?)

I asked Syl at the play if he would consider writing about the mental health issues of children in child protective services, he seemed interested.  If you know Syl Jones, please let him know how important this topic is.

Back to Sheriffs and Children (the title).

At the end of the play, Syl Jones & a panel (moderated by Eduardo Colon, the new Psychiatry Chief at HCMC)  of professionals & one very articulate person living with serious mental health, issues further explored the realities of mental health and mental health services in our community.

- See more at: http://www.invisiblechildren.org/2016/01/29/mental-health-shortages-sheriffs-children/#sthash.FQonTLVF.dpuf

I attended Syl Jone’s play BECAUSE at the Mixed Blood Theatre last week.  It’s a moving piece that explores living with mental health issues from multiple perspectives leaving the audience with a personal sense of what it’s like to be this person, live with this person and understand this person.   Syl is now the Resident Fellow for Narrative Health at HCMC (I think every hospital should have such a position – how else can these stories be told?)

I asked Syl at the play if he would consider writing about the mental health issues of children in child protective services, he seemed interested.  If you know Syl Jones, please let him know how important this topic is.

Back to Sheriffs and Children (the title).

At the end of the play, Syl Jones & a panel (moderated by Eduardo Colon, the new Psychiatry Chief at HCMC)  of professionals & one very articulate person living with serious mental health, issues further explored the realities of mental health and mental health services in our community.

- See more at: http://www.invisiblechildren.org/2016/01/29/mental-health-shortages-sheriffs-children/#sthash.FQonTLVF.dpuf
 
Effect of Climate Change on Birds PDF Print E-mail

 

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Tuesday, February 16
6:15 p.m.  Dinner & Social              6:45 p.m.  Program

 

Church of the Epiphany, 4900 Nathan Lane N, Plymouth

(1 block west of Highway 169 on the South Side of Schmidt Lake Road)


Please RSVP to Kelly Guncheon at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

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Audubon MN and Conservation MN

On Birds and Climate Change


Hey, Birders!  Audubon MN and Conservation MN are presenting jointly on how climate change affects birds and what we can learn from birds about climate change.  According to "Audubon's Birds and Climate Change Report, shrinking and shifting ranges could imperil nearly half of U.S. birds within this century.  The Audubon study is the broadest and most detailed study of its kind, and it’s the closest thing we have to a field guide to the future of North American birds.  

 

Westside Progressives is a non-partisan educational forum that encourages civil and thoughtful discussion about social, economic, and environmental issues affecting Minnesotans.

 

Lasagna Buffet Dinner:  $10.

Please RSVP to Kelly Guncheon at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to order a meal - Hope to see you then!

 

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The Economic Status of Minnesotans PDF Print E-mail




A Chartbook With Data For 17 Cultural Groups

 

January 2016

Minnesota State Demographic Center

 

 

"This chartbook provides a statistical portrait of the economic status of Minnesotans—including much data that has never been seen before—for the 17 largest cultural groups in Minnesota. These data result from responses by Minnesotans to the U.S. Census Bureau’s ongoing American Community Survey (ACS), the largest federal survey that produces insights into our population’s economic, social, housing, and demographic characteristics.

However, the ACS data that are collected are not always released by the Census Bureau in a way that helps policy makers and community leaders in Minnesota understand key differences in our very diverse populations. Standard racial groups used by the Census Bureau are too broad, and while data are often available for the largest ethnic or ancestry groups nationally, those may not be the groups most relevant in Minnesota.

To better illustrate economic status in Minnesota, we have constructed cultural groups and assembled data from the ACS in a manner intended to be more useful to those working to improve the economic security of Minnesotans. The result is this first-of-its-kind economic status chartbook, which presents information for 17 cultural groups, all those with enough survey responses to create useful estimates."

 

Download the chartbook.

 

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30th Anniversary Celebrated at Stone Arch Discussion Group PDF Print E-mail

 

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elizabeth gliddenThe longest running forum of Think Again MN is the Stone Arch Discussion Group which meets at the Wilde Roast Cafe in SE Minneapolis.  Stone Arch celebrated its 30th anniversary and that of our nonprofit in December.  The other Think Again MN monthly forums are the Achievement Gap Committee in St. Paul, Westside Progressives in Plymouth, and Think Again Brooklyns in Brooklyn Park.  Minneapolis City Council Member Elizabeth Glidden (left) spoke for the occasion at Stone Arch on the Working Families Agenda.  Following are 30th anniversary comments from Jeremy Wieland, President of Think Again MN and Stone Arch host:

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"The Stone Arch Discussion Group has been a forum to share ideas and challenge policy innovators. It has also been a wonderful forum for friends to share a cup of coffee and for businesses to show support of the community.  Stone Arch has been a venue to meet and humanize elected people who represent us in government, to talk with the thought leaders and academics who push the policy boundaries, and to hear from the government employees who forge law & policy into reality.


don ostrom at 30th anniversary dec 2015Without Arvonne and Don Fraser, we would never have met the first time. We thank them for public service in both the civic and civil realms that is too vast to measure. They did not do this alone. I have been on the Board for over ten years and I’ve benefited from the mentorship of the Frasers, Don Ostrom (left, in front) and Carol Flynn, who were Presidents before me, and Barbara Allivato, Vici Oshiro, John Farrell, and Brian Hanninnen who made pretty much everything run on time. Barbara Bearman and Matt Little were especially welcoming to a much younger me. I thank Amy Klobuchar for being an early President and now respected Senator. I thank so many who endeavored on this project before us. 


I want to call attention now to our current Board, many of whom you may not know. Carol Woehrer, John Riskin, Wayne Doe, Tammie Carino and former Legislator Betty Folliard. Carol, John, Wayne, Tammy and Betty give tirelessly, as have their predecessors, so that we have venues and speakers to continue the work of civic engagement and democracy building. They are all inspirational in their own ways whether they know or not.


Today’s celebration is of each of you in the room this morning, and everyone who raised a cup at Gardens of Salonica, or who tempted fate marching down the stairs of Jitters, and everyone who has taken a bag lunch to seek solutions to the achievement gap, or shared the history of progressive politics in Minnesota, or reached out to engage new Minnesotans before the historic rejection of the marriage amendment. Together the great work of our society progresses under our hands, and I like to think that we are making progress."

 

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MN's Open Electoral Process and Leading Election System PDF Print E-mail


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Secretary of State Steve Simon speaking on MN's Leading Election System at the January 19th Think Again Brooklyns forum.  He commented on MN's longstanding same day registration which has made it possible for more Minnesotans to vote and has been adopted by many other states.  He noted recent improvements that make voting easier such as online registration, registering when changing a driver's license, and no excuse absentee voting and explained there were further improvements MN could make such as allowing felons on probation who have completed their prison sentences to vote, automatic registration of 16 and 17 year olds, and early voting.  Mohamud Noor described the process a candidate goes through to become endorsed by a political party.  "It starts with talking with one's family," he emphasized.  Benjamin Kruse explained the political organization of MN, the sequence of caucuses and conventions that begins March 1, and the purpose of each one.

 

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Dr. Serene Jones, President of Union Theological Seminary PDF Print E-mail

 

Charlie Rose Interview of Rev. Dr. Serene Jones

First Woman President of Union Theological Seminary

 

Note from Jeff Strate:

serene jones union theological seminaryRev. Dr. Serene Jones is president of Union Theological Seminary in New York City.  A few of my colleagues attended Union.  Some of the western world's most influential theologians have served on its faculty. On December 20th, Serene Jones spoke with Charlie Rose about Union and the changing world it has always responded to. These days that means Ferguson, Black Lives Matter, the Bully Trump, terrorism, mass killings, and Islamaphobia. This Charlie Rose Show discussion runs 14:30 -

http://www.charlierose.com/watch/60665355

 

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Unfinished Business: The Continuing Work of Arvonne Skelton Fraser PDF Print E-mail

 

arvonne fraser 2Arvonne Fraser gave the keynote speech at the Center on Women, Gender and Public Policy panel discussion in honor of her 90th birthday.  Following are her concluding comments.  For more comprehensive exerpts, see the Star Tribune article:  Arvonne Fraser on the women's movement: 'What follows is the hard part'

 

"A primary responsibility of any group or country if it wants to endure is to produce, recruit and train its next generation of citizens and workers. . . .  Why do companies expect that the next generation of workers — employees — will be produced by those who choose to become parents, as a gift to employers? To add insult to injury, parenthood is often seen as an impediment to success at what is called the workplace. Add that housecleaners tend to be paid more than child care workers; school hours have little relationship to business hours, and maternity and other family leaves in this country are unpaid. That’s disrespect and disregard bordering on hostility toward some of the most important work done in any society. That must change."

Arvonne Fraser is senior fellow emerita at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, a former director of the Office of Women in Development at USAID, and a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.  She is a founder of what is now Think Again MN.

 

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A recent General Accounting Office study revealed that turnout was at least 1.9 percent lower in 2012 in Kansas vs 2008 and 2.2 percent lower in Tennesee as a result of new Voter ID laws.  That means it's likely 34,000 more Kansans and 88,000 Tennesseans would have voted if the new laws weren't in place.  Young people, black people, and newly registered people were the groups that saw the biggest drop in turnout.

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