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6th Annual Celebration of John Brandl in Honor of Al Quie and Don Fraser PDF Print E-mail


Generations of Inspiration



Wednesday, October 29, 2014
5:30 p.m.: Reception (complimentary appetizers/cash bar)
6:30 p.m.: Program honoring Governor Quie and Congressman Fraser

Metropolitan Ballroom
5418 Wayzata Boulevard, Minneapolis
(Highway 394 and Park Place/Xenia)



quie don fraserDon’t miss the 6th annual celebration of John Brandl and his uncommon quest for common ground hosted by Growth & Justice, Caux Roundtable, Center of the American Experiment, Citizens League, and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. This year we will honor Al Quie (Minnesota Governor 1979-1983 and GOP Member of Congress 1958-1979) and Don Fraser (DFL Member of Congress 1963-1979 and Minneapolis Mayor 1980-1994) who have been instrumental figures in Minnesota and continue to inspire people today.




Why Worry about ALEC? - Stone Arch Discussion Group PDF Print E-mail


Saturday, November 8

Gardens of Salonica
19 5th St NE, Minneapolis, MN‎


This month we hear from Dee Voss, a local expert on the conservative ALEC, American Legislative Exchange Council.  Dee Voss gives talks on the impact of the American Legislative Exhchange Council in which she covers the impact of ALEC on many aspects of state and federal law. By the end of her talk, you will know why you need to be worried about ALEC.

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.





Immigration PDF Print E-mail


Its Contribution to Minnesota's Demographics and Economy



Saturday, November 8, 2014, 9 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Time: 9:00 a.m. Social Time with Coffee and Pastries

St. Louis Park City Hall, Council Chambers, 3rd Floor
5005 Minnetonka Blvd, St. Louis Park, MN 55416



9:20 Welcome

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Allison Luizzi, Research Scientist

MN Compass & Wilder Research

10:00 Immigrant Contribution to the Economy
Prof. Bruce Corrie, PhD, Concordia;

Sarah Radosevich, MN Chamber of Commerce

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Judy Stuthman, LWV Minnesota

11:00 Immigrants Share Personal Stories
Global Golden Valley

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Questions: Contact Kim Kang, LWV Plymouth This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Sponsored by the LWV West Metro Alliance
(Brooklyn Park/Osseo/Maple Grove, Crystal/New Hope/E. Plymouth, Golden Valley, Minnetonka/Eden Prairie/Hopkins, St. Louis Park, South Tonka and Wayzata/Plymouth.







MN Department of Human Rights, Think Again Brooklyns PDF Print E-mail



Commissioner Kevin Lindsey


Tuesday, November 18
6 p.m.  Pizza Buffet & Social              6:30 p.m.  Program

Brooklyn Park City Council Chambers
5200 85th Avenue N
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or RSVP to Carol Woehrer, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


kevin lindseyCommissioner, Kevin Lindsey manages the Department whose mission is to make Minnesota discrimination free. The Department of Human Rights investigates approximately 1,000 charges of discrimination a year. It ensures that large state contractors who do business with the State of Minnesota provide equal employment opportunity, and it helps the Governor of Minnesota develop policy to reduce disparities that exist in the areas of education, employment, health, criminal justice, public accommodation, and public services. Commissioner Lindsey will tell  us about changes in laws and new laws aimed at reducing discrimination and listen to our concerns about disparities that still need to be addressed.

His discussion will include updates in the legal requirement for diversity and inclusion in state hiring and in state contracts with large employers as well as recent legislation such as Ban the Box and the Women's Economic Security Act. He'll talk about recent instances of discrimination in employment and education that have arisen due to the ebola crisis. He'll describe the requirements for filing a claim and the assistance that is available for filing a discrimination charge.

A question and answer session will follow Commissioner Lindsey's presentation.  Please bring your observations on the kinds of disparities to which you think our state needs to give attention and your ideas on the policies and programs which could reduce or eliminate the disparities.


Kevin Lindsey was appointed Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Rights in February 2011. He had previously served as a civil litigation attorney in the Office of the Ramsey County Attorney, and has 20 years of experience in resolving complex legal and public policy questions.

Sponsored by Think Again MN, The Brooklyn Park Human Rights Commission, and the Brooklyn Park Diversity Team.




NY Times Calls for Rate Cap on Payday Loans PDF Print E-mail


The New York Times called for a rate cap on payday loans.  ". . .  the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau found that hidden fees and charges on payday loans were so high that only 15 percent of borrowers could raise the money to repay the total debt on time without quickly borrowing again."  See the New York Times editorial.





Payday Lending Power Point from Senator Hayden PDF Print E-mail


jeff haydenSenator Jeff Hayden was not able to attend our last forum on "Low Cost Alternatives to Payday Lending."  He sent the Power Point which he had prepared for his presentation. 


You can download it at:







Resources for Managing Your Money PDF Print E-mail


Make Your Dreams Come True

Control Your Money, Debt, and Credit



You can manage your money so you don't need to incur the huge costs of payday loans.  Yes, going to a payday lender to cash a check or take out a loan is easy, and the people who serve you are often friendly.  However, that friendly assuring manner comes with a big cost.  You will typically be required to pay back three times as much as you borrowed.  You can find out how to manage your money so that you can keep more for yourself and your family by taking advantage of workshops offered in and near Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center as well as online courses.




financial planning couple 2Community Action Partnership of Suburban Hennepin offers workshops on budgeting, controlling your debt, and maintaining a good credit rating, as well as on the rights and responsibilities of renters, home ownership, and financial management for senior citizens.  You can find the upcoming courses by clicking on the homebuyer, renter, and financial literacy courses in the left hand column of their website:

TopLine Credit Union offers a variety of seminars related to youth financial literacy, paying less for college, survival budgeting, getting out of debt, retirement, insurance, homebuying, and business. You can find them at:


Online Education


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TCF Bank has an online Financial Education Center.  It offers modules that include an summary of what is included in the learning module, the instructions on the topic, and a brief quiz to check if you understood the lesson. Each module you complete is checked off. Eight lessons are currently included at the TCF Bank Education Center: Savings and Investments, Mortgages, Overdrafts, Payment Types and Credit Cards, Credit Scores and Reports, Identity Protection, Insurance and Taxes, and Financing Higher Education.  You will need to check in with a password which you enter the first time you use the Center.  Get started at:

Community Action Partnership of Suburban Hennepin has online instruction for home buying at:





Planning for Development around the Bottineau Light Rail Stations PDF Print E-mail


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               The crowd listening to Janna King  discuss strategies to help facilitate 

          economic development along the light rail transit corridors.  The Think

          Again Brooklyns forum May 20, 2014 aimed to prepare residents of

          communities along the Bottineau LRT corridor for participating in work-

          shops for planning development in the areas surrounding the LRT



          One of the big questions during the Question and Answer  session was

          who pays for the transit system.  The project is estimated to cost about

          $1 billion. Funding is expected from the Counties Transit Improvement

          Boards' transit sales tax in the metro area (30 percent), the Hennepin

          County Regional Railroad Authority (10 percent), the State of Minnesota

          (10 percent), and the Federal Transit Administration (50 percent).                                                     

                                                                               Photo by Linda Freemon






Notables at Think Again Brooklyns Forum "Reducing Racial Disparities," 4/15/14 PDF Print E-mail


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Carol LeFleur from MICAH; Elizabeth Knight, Brooklyn Park City Council Member;

Hassanen Mohammed, Chair, Brooklyn Park Human Rights Commission;

Senator Chris Eaton; Reva Chamblis, Brooklyn Park Human Rights Commissioner

Photo by Mayor Jeff Lunde






Homeless Youth Shelter to be Built in Brooklyn Park PDF Print E-mail


Jenny Gaard, Homeless Liason for the Osseo School System, reported to the packed Think Again Brooklyns audience at Brooklyn Park City Hall March 18 that the Osseo System had over 500 homeless youth in 2012.   Karrie Schaaf, her counterpart in the Anoka-Hennepin School System, reported over 700 homeless students.  As many rachel moreystudents do not report that they are homeless, these are likely to be underestimates.  Rev. Rachel Morey, Pastor of Mosaic United Methodist Church, emphasized that these are good kids in a difficult situation and that it is important that we reach them quickly because the average homeless young person is approached by a sex trafficker within 48 hours of being on the streets.

Mayor Jeff Lunde announced that Brooklyn Park had committed to homeless youth audience members

building or remodeling an existing building as a shelter for 10 to 12 homeless youth.  It would serve about 35 homeless youth, 16 to 21 years old, a year as most youth are able to transition to another setting such as a host family or a shared apartment.  Mayor Lunde said that the city would rent the building to Avenues for Homeless Youth for $1.00 a year, and the nonprofit organization would manage it.  Terry Velasquez, Development Director for Avenues for Homeless Youth, estimated that the operating cost of the shelter would be about $600,000 a year, and about half of the money had been raised so far from individuals and foundations.  The shelter is expected to open in the summer of 2015.


Christiaan Tarbox, Community Editor of the Brooklyn Center Sun Post wrote an excellent report on the forum, "Homeless Youth in the NW Suburbs."  It includes details related by Rev. Morey on the daily struggles of homeless youth and services provided by churches, nonprofits, schools, and the city.  You can read the report in your city's March 27 SunPost paper or online at:





Community members share stories, concerns over immigration reform PDF Print E-mail


Christiaan Tarbox, Community Editor of the Brooklyn Center Sun Post, reported on Think Again Brooklyns February forum on Immigration Reform.  You can read "Community members share stories, concerns over immigration reform" online.


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Speakers:  Javier Morillo, Andrew Suah, Abena Abraham, Elizabeth Tolzmann




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Events Sponsored by TAMN Partners


8:30 Gardens of Salonica, 19 5th St NE, Minneapolis, MN‎
Why Worry About ALEC? [Stone Arch Discussion Group]


9:00 St. Louis Park City Hall, Council Chambers, 3rd Floor 5005 Minnetonka Blvd, St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Immigration - Its Contribution to MN's Changing Demographics and Economy


6:00 Brooklyn Park City Hall, 5200 85th Avenue N, Brooklyn Park, MN
Think Again Brooklyns


11:00 Webinar
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Charities Review Council Accountability Wizard Webinar

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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.



 Talks on Voting 
 & Voter Restriction at
 2012 GOTV Concert 

Ministers and community leaders introduced concert goers to the history of voting in the U.S. and MN, commented on the devastating impact the Voter Restriction Amendment would have on the MN election process, and encouraged concert goers to vote for the candidates who include everyone in their vision for MN and the country.  You can hear their insightful presentations on this half hour tape.

The speakers, introduced by the concert organizer Reva Chamblis, included:


Carolyn Jackson, ACLU MN, Gospel Concert, 10/26/12

Carolyn Jackson
Lobbying Coordinator, ACLU MN
The Struggle to Expand U.S. Voting

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Dane Smith - President, Growth and Justice

"Minnesota leads the nation in voter turnout.

. . .  We have one of the most open and

accessible, accurate and upright voting

systems in the world."

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Joy Marsh Stephens

ISAIAH Chairperson for West Suburban Region

Informed Voters Need to Vote for Candidates that Benefit Everyone.

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Pastor Devin Miller
"It doesn't take a whole lot of votes to
make a difference, but it sure makes a
difference if a whole lot of people don't vote."

View the video of their talks by John Risken.


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