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Tim Willson on Inner Ring Suburbs PDF Print E-mail


Tim Willson - Mayor of Brooklyn Park


Saturday , October 11, 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.tim willson


Gardens of Salonica

19 5th St NE, Minneapolis, MN

What are the particular challenges faced by inner ring suburbs? Mayor Tim Wilson from Brooklyn Center comes to Stone Arch to share his views, and hear yours. Join the discussion!

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. 

Sponsored by the Stone Arch Discussion Group.






Generation Next PDF Print E-mail


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R.T. Rybak (Center Back) & Generation Next Team

Tuesday, October 14, Noon to 1:30 p.m.


Mount Zion Temple
1300 Summit Avenue, St. Paul

achievement gap logoR. T. Rybak, executive director of Generation Next and former Minneapolis mayor, will offer an update on this effort to bring businesses, foundations, school districts, agencies and organizations together in the Twin Cities to improve educational outcomes for all our children.

Mount Zion Temple has a beautiful space for us to meet with ample off-street parking in their own lot across the street to the east, right behind Kowalski's Market.

Coffee and water will be provided. Feel free to bring a brown bag.  Attendance is free.

Sponsored by the Achievement Gap Committee.





Your Vote Makes a Difference PDF Print E-mail



Mark Your Calendar - A Forum You Won't Want to Miss

Your Vote Makes a Difference


Tuesday, October 21
6 p.m. Pizza & Social 6:30 p.m. Program

Brooklyn Park City Council Chambers, 5200 85th Avenue N

RSVP and Share on Facebook

or RSVP to Carol Woehrer, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

david schultz office photoDavid Schultz - Author and Professor of

Political Science at Hamline University

Why It's so Important to Vote

David Schultz teaches classes in American politics, public policy and administration, and ethics. Professor Schultz has authored 28 books, including his two most recent, Election Law and Democratic Theory (2014) and American Politics in the Age of Ignorance (2013).  A Fulbright scholar who has taught extensively in Europe, Schultz is the winner of the national 2013 Leslie Whittington Excellence in Public Affairs Teaching Award.  He is a favorite speaker at forums west metro suburbs, who has shared his expertise and wisdom for many years.



Jim Abler - Former MN Representativejim abeler at capitol

Just What Does a Legislator Do?


Jim Abeler, who served 16 years in the MN House, will speak on the Responsibilities of a MN Representative;  examples of the kinds of policies the MN House decides and how they affect our lives; why the MN House sometimes doesn't vote on a bill that was passed by the MN Senate; and how the MN Senate and MN House reconcile two different versions of a bill.


Please invite your friends. Everyone is welcome.

Thank you to our sponsors, Think Again MN, the Brooklyn Park Diversity Team, and the Brooklyn Park, Oseeo, Maple Grove, and Brooklyn Park Chapter of the League of Women Voters, and to our recorder and broadcaster, Tmz Radio International.



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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




African Immigrant Services: a culture of community innovation and inclusion PDF Print E-mail


African Immigrant Services has institutionalized a culture of community innovation and inclusion in how they understand and take action on issues directly affecting their communities. Abdullah Kiatamba, Executive Director of AIS, believes the key is access to information and then mobilizing for action. 


See the storygraphic in MinnPost that outlines AIS' work and explains how they plan to use community education and engagement to change the roles of African immigrants and other underrepresented groups in the northwest suburbs of Hennepin County from observers to active leaders.


Think Again Brooklyns has worked with African Immigrant Services on the Voter Restriction Amendment and on civic engagement conversations and community forums.




Minneapolis proclaims “Don Fraser Day” PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Farrell   

200px-1977 Congressional Pictorial Donald Fraser

The MN Daily reports that the city of Minneapolis proclaimed Feb. 7 "Don Fraser Day" to honor the former state senator, mayor, and U.S. representative on his birthday. Don and his wife, Arvonne, were instrumental in establishing the long-running Stone Arch Discussion group and supporting many of Think Again MN's other activities.

From the article:

A former state senator representing the University of Minnesota area now has a day of his own. The City Council on Friday proclaimed Feb. 7, 2014 to be “Don Fraser Day” in honor of the former mayor and congressman’s birthday.

Council members also introduced new ordinance topics and honored the death of a community member. Fraser served as a state senator in the 1950s before being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1962. He became mayor of Minneapolis in 1979 and was the longest-serving mayor in the city’s history.

  “I found the job of being mayor one of the most interesting jobs I’ve ever
  had,” Fraser said in a short acceptance speech that was received by a 
  standing ovation from council members and attendees. “I appreciate this very


Read the "Don Fraser Day" Proclamation.




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TAMN Upcoming Forums

Events Sponsored by TAMN Partners


6:30 St.Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, 7180 Hemlock Ln N, Maple Grove, MN 55369
School Board Candidates Debate: Osseo Area Schools (ISD 279


8:30 Gardens of Salonica, 19 5th St NE, Minneapolis, MN‎
Mayor Tim Willson of Brooklyn Center [Stone Arch Discussion Group]


12:00 Mount Zion Temple, 1300 Summit Avenue in Saint Paul, MN
Generation Next (The Achievement Gap Committee)


6:00 Brooklyn Park City Hall, 5200 85th Avenue N, Brooklyn Park, MN
Your Vote Makes a Difference (Think Again Brooklyns)


12:00 Mount Zion Temple, 1300 Summit Avenue in Saint Paul, MN
An AA Degree When Student Finishes High School (The Achievement Gap Committee)


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

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