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Solar Energy - Think Again Brooklyns Print E-mail

 

 

Solar Energy Takes off in Brooklyn Park

 

 

Tuesday, April 18 6 p.m. - Free Pizza Buffet and Social 6:30 p.m. - Program

Brooklyn Park Council Chambers, 5200 85th Avenue N

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       Outreach Coordinator, Interfaith Power and Light

 

 

 

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Dan Ruiz, Brooklyn Park's Operations and Maintenance Manager, will tell us about the city's big venture into solar energy. He will describe which buildings were chosen for solar panels, how the solar panels will be financed, and how much money the city expects to save on its electricity costs.

 

 

Everyone Saves with Community Solar Gardens

 

timothy denherder-thomas lightTimothy Den-Herder Thomas, Manager of Cooperative Energy Futures (CEF), will explain how home owners, apartment dwellers, businesses, and faith-based organizations can save money on their electric bill by participating in a community solar garden. CEF is an energy efficiency and community-owned clean energy cooperative serving members across Minnesota.  The CEF mission is to keep costs low, create jobs for those who need them most, and ensure community ownership and control. CEF works with Interfaith Power and Light and with developers that hire people of color as installers.

 

 

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 Brandon Charboneau, Solar Power Consultant at All Energy Solar, will explain for which homes rooftop solar works best, tell us about the rebates available for solar installations, and describe the ongoing monitoring All Energy Solar provides for its customers after installation.  His Brooklyn Park customer Linda Freemon will tell us how solar panels worked out for her and about the savings she has had on her electric bill since going solar.

 

 


Inclusive Solar and How Solar Can Employ Everyone

 

zam zam musseZam Zam Musse, an Independent Renewable Energy and Sustainability Consultant, works with Cooperative Energy Futures and MN Interfaith Power and Light.  She will speak on the big opportunity solar energy offers to women and people of color. She will tell us about the free training available for people who'd like to get started in a solar energy career. Few women and people of color currently work in the solar industry.  Zam Zam's passion is to change that.  She worked previously for the California Public Utilities Commission and Chevron Energy Group.

 

 

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Domestic Violence Print E-mail
Written by Kelly Guncheon   

 

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Monday, April 18

6 p.m. - Doors Open            6:15 p.m. - Dinner                6:45 to 8 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)

 

 

Domestic Violence

 

With Ellen Gormican, MPH - Advocacy, Education, and Training Coordinator

Cornerstone Advocacy

 

 

ellen gormiconDomestic violence has grown to be an epidemic that is making headlines on an almost daily basis. Ellen Gormican will discuss intimate-partner violence through the lens of social justice and how current policy might affect work in this area.

Based in Bloomington and with offices in Brooklyn Center and Minneapolis, Cornerstone’s works to end domestic violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking through community outreach, crisis response, and long-term stabilization.  It offers a continuum of service in 10 Metro cities to help create communities where individuals and families are safe and children thrive.



Westside Progressives, a non-partisan educational forum that encourages civil and thoughtful discussion about progressive issues, usually meets on the third Tuesday of each month at the Church of the Epiphany, located at Schmidt Lake Road and Nathan Lane in Plymouth.  $10 for lasagna/salad dinner. If you don't want to have the dinner, please let Kelly Guncheon know when you RSVP.

Please RSVP to Kelly Guncheon, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by Sunday, April 16.

 

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 Reports and Videos for Think Again MN Forums

 

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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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nw business and employment opportunity fair jean maierhofer hosting the htc table 22117Left - Jean Maierhofer, Chief Diversity & Affirmative Action Officer at Hennepin Technical College, hosted the college's table at the Fair.

 

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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Over 100 Attend Westside Progressives Forum on February 21 Print E-mail
Written by Kelly Guncheon   

 

 

The Role of Print, TV, Radio, and Social Media in Today's Society

 

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With Chris Ison - University of Minnesota Journalism Faculty Member

 

chris isonProfessor Chris Ison drew an audience of over 100 people at the Westside Progressives forum at Church of the Epiphany in Plymouth on February 21.  Ison teaches courses in news reporting and writing, investigative reporting, and media ethics at the University of Minnesota. He is co-author, with Jane Kirtley, Professor of Media Ethics and Law at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, of the book Media Ethics Today: Issues, Analysis, Solutions. 

Christ Ison was the Assistant Managing Editor for Investigative Projects at the Star Tribune in Minneapolis from 2001-2004.  Before that he was a reporter at the Star Tribune for 15 years. Ison worked on the investigative team, and earlier covered federal agencies, local government, and gambling.

 

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Professor David Schultz Talk before the Election about What the Media Is Missing Print E-mail

 

 

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Great conversation and information at the Westside Progressives October 24
about what
the mainstream media is missing in this   election cycle
with Prof David Schultz. 
So fun to have a packed house!

 

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Patrick Henry High School Featured on Channel 5 Eyewitness News and Think Again Brooklyns PDF Print E-mail

 

Principal Yusuf Abdullah Interviewed on Success of School

yusuf abdullahPrincipal of Patrick Henry High School, Yusuf Abdullah, was interviewed about the success of Patrick Henry High School by Channel 5 Eyewitness News on the 10 p.m. news on March 16.  The school achieved the highest graduation rate in Minneapolis in 2015, 87% in comparison to an average high school graduation rate of 64% in the district.  It was given the third highest rank among Minnesota high schools in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.  Mr. Abdullah, who spoke at the March 16th Think Again Brooklyns forum, noted that it is especially important to meet the needs of nineth grade students because students who pass nineth grade are very likely to graduate.  See the Eyewitness News report.

 

Yusuf Abdullah's Presentation at Think Again Brooklyns

Principal Abdullah spoke on what has contributed to the success of Patrick Henry High School, especially its graduation rate and spoke on the school's vision and action plan developed through Community Cafes and a Strategic Planning Team at the Think Again Brooklyns forum March 16, 2016.  Watch the 40 minute video of his presentation with Power Point slides.

 

Shaping an Identity Affirming Space for
Black Males at Henry High

 

By the Ujima Collective, Twin Cities Daily Planet, April 6, 2016

 

“Imagine entering a place every day where you can gain the skills you need to make your dreams come true. A place where you are nurtured, loved and valued. Your unique skills are recognized and celebrated, your experiences validated. Your sense of self affirmed. . .   this is how Black male scholars describe their ideal school experience.”

Read the Ujima Collective's description of how their group of Henry High School teachers created an effective learning environment for Black male students.   Ujima is a Swahili term meaning collective work and responsibility.  As educators, the members of the collective are guided by the term and see it as crucial to the success of Black students.

 

Positive Behaviors Lead To Academic Success - Minneapolis


An Achievement Gap Committee Brown Bag - April 26, 2016

The Chief of Minneapolis Public Schools and three principals discuss how those schools are led, how they maintain a positive school climate with staff and students, and how this leads to academic and life success for students:

  • Michael Thomas, Chief of Schools for Minneapolis
  • Michael Bradley, Roosevelt High School 
  • Yusuf Abdullah,  Patrick Henry High School 
  • Ronald Salazar, Fowell K-8  

See the video
 

 

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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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