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sanctuary movement paradeThis immigration portal presents the origins of current American immigration policy and the harm done to immigrants, their families, as well as to cities, states, and the national economy, by the current U.S. immigration policy.  The immigration policy portal emphasizes the importance of human rights as the foundation of immigration policy.  In fact, human rights should be seriously considered 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 policy with references at the end of the paper.   We decided the paper was too long, and it would be better to divide it into eleven sections each with its own references.


The following people contributed to the portal:

Think Again MN Board members:  Jeremy Wieland, John Risken, Wayne Doe, and Carol Woehrer

Attorney:  Lynette Andresen

The Connections Lab Framing and Communications Consultant:  George Greene

Former Audit Project Team Leader at the Metropolitan Council:  Brian Hanninen

Retired Nurse and Citizen Activist:  Kathleen Malecki

Software Developer and Philosophy Teacher currently working on "The Logic of Practical Inference:"  Ronald Susskind


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MN Factory Farms Print E-mail


Factory Farms' Impact on MN's Water


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Welcome to the Breckenridge Chapter of the Izaak Walton League


Tuesday, October 24            7:30 p.m.


8816 West River Road, Brooklyn Park, MN


Everyone Welcome


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As factory farms take over more and more of the nation’s livestock production, pollution from the waste produced by the immense crush of animals has become a major threat to the environment.  According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a dairy farm with 2,500 cows  can generate as much waste as the people in a city the size of Miami.  Unlike human waste, which usually receives sophisticated treatment, animal waste commonly goes untreated. Rather, it typically is held in underground pits or vast manure lagoons, and then spread on cropland as fertilizer.  From the fields, the manure which often contains hormones, pathogens, and toxic metals — can run off and contaminate streams, rivers, and wells.





The chart above would look familiar to the people who attended our Think Again Brooklyns forum last month.  It shows a big increase in factory farms following the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1993, which provided government subsidies for industrial sized farms.  It made it impossible for millions of small Mexican farmers to earn enough to even cover their production costs and also drove hundreds of thousands of medium sized farms in the U.S. and Canada out of business.  This, however, is not the only result of factory farms.  High levels of pollution in Minnesota and Iowa rivers, lakes, and aquifers have followed.  Our speakers will suggest what steps we need to take to reduce the increased pollution.


 sonja trom eayrsSonja Trom Eayrs - Ms. Sonja Eayrs, a family lawyer and citizen activist, will speak to us about factory farms in southern Minnesota and Iowa. In her words below, she outlines some of the concerns regarding water in our state. “It’s no surprise that half of the lakes and streams in southern Minnesota are too polluted for recreational activities (“So. Minn. water crisis rises,” April 30, 2015).

"My parents, lifelong farmers in Dodge County in southeastern Minnesota, have been battling the county and a feedlot operator this past year in response to the installation of the eleventh hog building within a three-mile radius of our family farm. This single factory farm sits on just six acres of non-homesteaded bare land that lies at the headwaters of the Cedar River. Just half a mile from the Trom family farm that has been in our family for nearly 100 years, it will produce manure equivalent to a human population of more than 7,000 people.”


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               Long Time Iowa Hog Farmer
               Representative, Socially
              Responsible Agriculture Project
             Past President, Iowa Farmers Union
             Board Member, Iowa Center for
            Agriculture Health and Safety





Health, Food Quality, and Food Exports
Pollution, Manure Disposal, and Aquifer Pumping
Politics and Court Cases
Animal Abuse


Treats and beverages after the presentations


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    Thank You to our Cohosts


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Domestic Violence Awareness Month Print E-mail


Join Us for National Domestic Violence Awareness Month



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Domestic Violence




Sunday, October 29, 2017
Meeting 2:45 to 5 p.m.


Mississippi Room, Brooklyn Park Library
8500 Broadway Avenue N, Brooklyn Park, MN


Everyone is Welcome and Encouraged to Bring Family and Friends 




Distinguished Guests



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Keisha T. is the Cornerstone Criminal Justice Intervention Advocate.  Keisha will explore the services and resources that are available for victims of domestic violence and child abuse and prevention.


Rev. Emily Lagat is the Founder and President of INSPIRED PRAYER MINISTRY INTERNATIONAL, based in Minnesota, U.S.A.  She is famously known by her saying "Change Your Position."  Rev. Lagat will explore the impact of domestic violence in the community and give a personal testimony.


Mr. Samuel Mwange is the Global Fatherhood Foundation Executive Director and Fatherhood Advocate.  He will explain why men, especially in domestic violence crises, don't disclose and seek help.  He will demonstrate by showing a social experiment and public reaction.


Matt Rabe is the Brooklyn Park Community Engagement Police Officer.  Matt will discuss domestic violence from a police perspective, provide local data, and describe how police respond to reports and calls regarding domestic violence.



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The Beginnings, Rapid Progress, and Next Big Strides in MN Clean Energy Print E-mail



A Broad Overview of Clean Energy in MN

With J. Drake Hamilton, Science Policy Director at Fresh Energy



j. drake hamiltonJ. Drake Hamilton, Science Policy Director at Fresh Energy, gave a review of MN's beginning legislation and rapid progress in developing clean energy to already almost reach goals set for 2025.   At the NW Climate Action forum on May 25th at the Maple Grove Library, J. also gave a preview of the coming energy revolution involving the electrification of transportation, industry, and heating.  If you missed this excellent forum, be sure to get a preview of the coming energy revolution by taking a look at Carol Woehrer's notes capturing the main points of J. Hamilton's presentation.





Equity in the Cities Print E-mail


Photos by Wayne Doe - Feeling inspired at Think Again Brooklyns Forum "Equity in the Cities" with presenters Wokie Freeman - Assistant City Manager, City of Brooklyn Park and Joy Marsh Stephens - Equity and Inclusion Manager, City of Minneapolis at the City of Brooklyn Park City Council Chambers on May 16, 2017.


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                              ing Audience Questions                                                         in Employment, Policies, & Programs
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                                                       Joy Marsh Stephens Speaking on Minneapolis Staff's Training in Equity





"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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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."

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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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