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Tuesday, February 19

        6:00 p.m. Doors Open           6:15 p.m. Dinner             7:00 p.m. Speaker Presentation           

 

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

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   The Consequences of the Cash Bail System


Please join us as we welcome the MN Freedom Fund to Westside Progressives.

Did you know that the only two countries where someone has to put up cash to avoid being imprisoned before their trial are the United States and the Philippines?

Research suggests that those who are able to successfully post bail have lower rates of conviction, less severe sentences, and lower rates of recidivism than those who cannot. Those who are unable to post bail are at risk of losing their employment, their housing, and potentially custody of their children. The Minnesota Freedom Fund pays criminal bail and immigration bond for those who cannot afford to and works to end discriminatory, coercive, and oppressive jailing.

Join us on January 22nd to learn more about the consequences a cash bail system creates and what the MN Freedom Fund is doing to push for change.

Hosts:  Jennie Malcoun and Matthias Weigel - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Housing for All Print E-mail

 


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St Joseph the Worker Catholic Church
7180 Hemlock Lane N, Maple Grove 55369

Wednesday, January 23 – 7:00-9:00 a.m.

 
Meet with your state and local policy makers to build relationships and proclaim as people of faith that Every One Needs a Home!  The session will consist of short state and local policy presentations.  Business leaders and constituents will have the opportunity to meet with their legislators and local policy makers, ask questions, and dialogue about housing and other issues of concern.

A continental breakfast will be provided.

After presentations, the attendees will be able to visit tables on housing.  Gene Nicolelli, Certified Aging - in - Place Specialist (CAPS) certified by the National Association of Home Builders, and Carol Woehrer from Think Again MN will have a table.  Their display will  explain the civil right of older residents to have a large bathroom with grab bars and other home features which enable them to live in place when using a wheelchair, how to achieve that at low cost by requiring all new multi and single-family residences to be built using Universal Design, and how Universal Design housing can substantially reduce health care costs.

Serving Brooklyn Center  •  Brooklyn Park  •  Champlin  •  Corcoran  •  Crystal  •  Dayton  •  Golden Valley  •  Maple Grove  •  New Hope  •  Osseo  •  Plymouth  •  Robbinsdale  •  Rogers  •  St Michael

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Universal Design Print E-mail

 Aging in Place with Gene Nicolelli


A Video Recorded by John Risken


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Gene Nicolelli is an architect who is certified by the National Association of Home Builders as an Aging in Place Specialist.  You can listen to a recording of the seminar Gene presented at the Think Again Brooklyns forum on November 27, 2018.  When homes, apartments, and condos are built to accomdate people who require wheelchairs either temporarily or permanently, they will often be able to delay the need to live in an assisted living center or a nursing home.  This makes it possible for people to continue living with family members or near friends.  It also makes their living expenses more affordable as living in a home, apartment, or condo costs far less than a nursing home or assisted living facility with care, both of which can run over $9,000 a month.  The high cost of care in either of these institutions is higher than most people can afford so most of the cost is often paid by Medicaid which is likely to result in increased state and county taxes.

The American Association of Retired Persons reports that only one percent of apartments and homes are fully accessible.  For that reason Think Again MN is encouraging municipalities to require new construction to include accessibility standards.  The cost of meeting these standards is very modest for newly constructed dwellings, but can be very high for homes that need remodeling or impossible for many of the split entry homes and three story walk up or down apartments in Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park.


Watch John Risken's video of the seminar.

 

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MN Lacks Regulation of Assisted Living Facilities Print E-mail

 


Vulnerable Elders Face Scare, not Care

 

Video by Bill Sorem, Video Producer at the Uptake


The December, 2018, Minneapolis League of Women Voters Civic Buzz presented a discussion entitled, “Vulnerable Elders Face Scare not Care.” A packed house listened and questioned.  Presenters were Kris Sandberg, President of the Elder Voice Family Advocates and Sean Burke, Public Policy Director of the Minnesota Elder Justice Center.  A packed house listened and questioned.

Elder housing is a continuum of care options ranging from independent living housing (rental, condominium or cooperative), assisted living facilities to nursing homes. Nursing homes are licensed by the federal government. On the other hand, Minnesota is the only state that does not license assisted living facilities according to Elder Voice Family Advocates.

Assisted living abuse issues were highlighted in a 2017 series by Chris Serres in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. One of the conclusions of this report was, “Each year, hundreds of Minnesotans are beaten, sexually assaulted or robbed in senior care homes. Their cases are seldom investigated, leaving families in the dark.”

Burke said assisted living facilities involve two components. One is the physical facility, the other the specific care providers. In some cases they are one unit, in others they are separate facility management and staffing groups. Thus responsibility and/or liability are not always clearly defined.  Burke also pointed out that since Minnesota does not license assisted living facilities, there are no clear staffing requirements for training or experience.

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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.  

 

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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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Immigrants' Contribution to MN's Business Success Video, 2018 Print E-mail

 

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bill blazarBill Blazar, MN Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Business Development, presented an excellent discussion on “Immigrants' Contribution to MN's Business Success” at the April 2018 Think Again Brooklyns forum. Senior residents of Maple Grove who heard about the forum suggested that Think Again MN collaborate with the Maple Grove Senior Center to have Bill present the program again at the Maple Grove Community Center.

 

Kris Orluck, the Senior Program Coordinator for Maple Grove worked with Think Again MN to arrange the forum for September 26, 2018. Think Again MN’s videographer John Risken filmed the presentation so more people could gain the knowledge Bill Blazar shared of the big contribution immigrants are making to MN’s economy and the necessity of reforming U.S. immigration policy.  Watch Bill Blazar's excellent presentation accompanied by informative slides on vimeo. 

 

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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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