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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.  



The information in the immigration portal was originally written as a single paper with references at the end of the paper.   We decided the paper was too long, and it would be better to divide it into sections each with its own references.


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2018 Think Again MN Resolutions Print E-mail


Resolutions Think Again MN Recommended

For Presentation and Support at the 2018 Caucuses


Think Again MN recommended resolutions covering Civil, Human, and Constitutional Rights; Early Childhood Education; Restrictions on Factory Farms; and Increase in Food Access and Assistance to New Farmers.  Click here to see the resolutions and their supporting statements.




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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Health Care Career Paths and Long-Term-Care Settings Print E-mail


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Tuesday, February 20

6:00 p.m. - Pizza Buffet and Social         6:30 p.m. - Program


Brooklyn Park Library, Mississippi Room

8500 West Broadway Avenue, Brooklyn Park 55443


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In the past few years, the event MN's state demographers have been discussing for years, has arrived - the retirement of the large cohort born after World War II called the "Baby Boomers."  The aging of the baby boomers brings with it several big changes in MN's work force.  Those include a substantial decline in the work force, an increase in the need for health care, and substantial job opportunities including an especially large growth in the need for health care workers. This forum will center on these changes in both the health care work force and the people needing care.  


lyna nyamwayaLyna Nyamwaya - Registered Nurse, PHN, Doctor of Nursing Practice student


Lyna Nyamwaya is an Administrative Manager at North Memorial Hospital and President of the African Nurses Network.  Lyna will speak on the educational path one can take in nursing, how nursing education can be coordinated with occupational positions of increasing responsibility in nursing, and the characteristics of an outstanding nurse.  She will also discuss the current participation and future potential of immigrants and minorities in nursing and explain the purpose and activities of the African Nurses Network. 


sally schoephoesterSally Schoephoerster - Regional Ombudsman, Office of the Ombudsman for Long-Term Care, Minnesota Board on Aging. 

The Minnesota Board on Aging (MBA) administers the Older Americans Act. As one of its programs, the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program provides a regular presence in residential settings to work with consumers and staff to prevent problems, helps consumers resolve disputes informally with providers, provides education to enable consumers and caregivers to become self-advocates, and advocates for change at a policy level to address systemic problems.  The Office of Ombudsman serves consumers who receive long-term care services in nursing facilities, home and community-based settings such as housing with services (assisted living), and their own private homes.  Sally Schoephoerster is the Ombudsman for Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center, Crystal, Maple Grove, New Hope, Osseo, Robbinsdale, and other northern suburbs.  Sally will tell us about the work she does, about the most common problems with which people need help, and which care setting works best for people with different health problems.


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"What Happened to WE the People?" Print E-mail
Written by Carol Woehrer   


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Tuesday, February 27

        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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        "What Happened to WE the People?"



     George Beck, Chairman of Minnesota Citizens for Clean Elections




New Westside progressives leaders--Jennie Malcoun and Matthias Weigel


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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.





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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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