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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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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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2018 Think Again MN Resolutions Print E-mail

 

Resolutions Think Again MN Recommended

For Presentation and Support at the 2018 Caucuses

 


Think Again MN recommended resolutions covering Civil, Human, and Constitutional Rights; Early Childhood Education; Restrictions on Factory Farms; and Increase in Food Access and Assistance to New Farmers.  Click here to see the resolutions and their supporting statements.

 

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Think Again Brooklyns Will Not Meet in May Print E-mail

 

Due to speaker availability, Think Again Brooklyns will not meet in May.  The forum on "The MeToo Movement" will be July 17.  We'd like to welcome you to attend the Stone Arch Discussion group May 12 and the Westside Progressives May 22.  These forums are described below.

 

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Written by Matthias Weigel   

 

 

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Tuesday, May 22

        6:00 p.m. Doors Open           6:15 p.m. Dinner  ($10)           7:00 p.m. Speaker Presentation           

 

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

 

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Gun Violence is a Tragedy that Can Be Prevented

 

With Rev. Nancy Nord Bence

Executive Director of Protect Minnesota

 

nancy nord benceWhile respecting the rights of responsible gun owners, Protect Minnesota defends the inalienable rights of all Americans to life, liberty from the threat of gun violence, and the pursuit of happiness in safe communities...We are not anti-gun; we’re anti-gun violence. We support common sense legislation that will keep guns out of the hands of dangerous and suicidal individuals, and prevent the unintentional injury and death of children. We believe gun ownership should be “well regulated”, the way car ownership is.

 

Last year the group had many achievements towards this goal, including:

 

Producing original research to refute the gun lobby’s specious claims that a large proportion of applications are being denied for frivolous reasons.

 

Organizing events at the State Capitol that featured over 800 volunteer lobbyists who played a major role in blocking all 4 dangerous gun rights bills that were introduced.

 

Partnering with other organizations to host the Northstar Public Health Conference on Gun Violence.

 

Hosting multiple commemorative events and vigils to remind our community of the tragedy of gun violence.

 

Providing communications and advocacy training for over 300 volunteers at six different workshops across the state.

 

More recently, the group organized a February rally against gun violence that “Painted the Capitol Orange” and then in March, they took their message to Washington, DC by bringing a group of students from North Minneapolis to the national March For Our Lives, helping these young leaders to make sure that diverse voices are heard, especially from communities most impacted by gun violence.

 

We can’t wait to hear what Rev Nord Bence has to tell us about plans for the rest of the year. We hope you will join us!

 

 

Westside progressives hosts - Jennie Malcoun and Matthias Weigel

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How Art Impacts a Community's Culture and Economy - Think Again Brooklyns Print E-mail

 

 



Insights from the Top U.S. Art Community - NE Minneapolis


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Tuesday, June 19

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

 

Brooklyn Park Library, Mississippi Room

8500 West Broadway Avenue, Brooklyn Park 55443

 

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Everyone is Welcome

 

 

With Dr. Brenda Kayzar - Collaborative Strategist, Urbane DrK Consulting
and Professor of Urban Geography, University of Minnesota

 

 

brenda kayzar 2Dr. Kayzar is the Collaborative Strategist and Owner of Urbane DrK Consulting where she provides strategic planning, research, and advocacy leadership support to government and nonprofit organizations. She applies a hybrid of experience from academia, business, and nonprofit leadership toward shaping better outcomes for communities, arts organizations, and creative workers. She’s authored works in academic and local presses about the economic, political, and social contexts of urban change, revitalization policy, the creative placemaking paradigm and its gentrification and development impacts to lower-income neighborhoods, communities of color, and the creative sector.

 

Brenda Kayzar has also served on numerous civic committees and working groups, and community and nonprofit boards such as the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA) and the Arts and Cultural Leadership Program at University of Minnesota. As an urban geographer, she is keenly interested in how communities are engaged in development planning, seeking ways to ensure inclusion, and equitable outcomes in housing and service provision. Her research, civic, and community service, and role as president of the board of NEMAA developed her deep understanding of the role arts play in elevating overlooked narratives and fostering dialog and community cohesion.


Dr. Kayzar will speak on the Impact of Art on Developing Communities and Local Economies and address issues such as maintaining affordable housing in the midst of growth.

 

 

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The MeToo Movement - Think Again Brooklyns Print E-mail

 

 


How Is the MeToo 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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Your hosts for the July forum are Linda Freemon and Florkime Paye

 

 

Speakers

 

 

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 cases involving 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.

 

 

melissa hortmanjoycepeppinJoyce Peppin (invited) and Melissa Hortman - House Republican Majority Leader Joyce Peppin 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.  If the bill passes, Minnesota would be the first state to allow judges to look beyond the “severe or pervasive” standard.  Representatives Peppin and Hortman will discuss the outcome of the legislation and how it would effect the legislature, state government, and employment.


 

 

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Share Your Ideas for Biking and Walking to LRT Stations Print E-mail
Written by Carol Woehrer   

 

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Any of the Bottineau Line Light Rail Stations

 

 

Hennepin County Transit leaders would like the suggestions of Brooklyn Park residents who bike or walk near the areas where the Bottineau Extention of the Blue Line Light Rail will stop.  Attendees who attended the March Think Again Brooklyns forum shared their suggestions for biking and walking routes to LRT Stations and you can too.  If you are a biker or walker near any of the future LRT stops, you are likely to have insight into how access to a station can be improved for bikers or walkers. 

 

Before you begin, let me ask you, have you ever seen a bike path along a busy street that rarely has a biker?  Let me give you an example.  When we go to doctors' appointments in Abbott Northwestern Hospital or the Phillips Eye Clinic, we park on Portland or Park Avenues.  I'm usually careful to check if there is a bicyclist coming along the bike path right next to the parked cars, but I have never seen a bicyclist on either of the avenues.  Why is that?  Jay Wallsjasper, who has bicycled in cities across the U.S. has answered that in an excellent short article.

 

"Bike Breakthrough: Connecting neighborhoods with low-stress routes"

 

Jay Walljasper, November 9, 2017

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Jay emphasizes that bike routes need to be safe, and if they aren’t, people won’t use them.  Most bikers know that they might not fare so well if someone knocks them over by opening their car door on their right when traffic is going by to their left.  Jay includes photos that show how the bike lane should be separated from traffic by a barrier and gives suggestions for making intersections safer for bikers.  Read his short article that will give you insight and inspiration for your suggestions and will remind you of the joys of biking around town.


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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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