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Tuesday, March 26
        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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Think Again Brooklyns will not have a meeting in March due to my overload of responsibilities, both volunteer and family related.  However, on Tuesday, March 26, Westside Progressives will have a forum on the concept of the Basic Income which is being discussed and sometimes implemented throughout the world.  You are welcome to attend the Westside Progressives forum.  See the details below. - Carol



Basic Income:  Pitfalls and Opportunities


Please join us on March 26th as we welcome Liane Gale from Basic Income Guarantee Minnesota. The Basic Income Earth Network defines Basic Income as a “periodic cash payment unconditionally delivered to all on an individual basis, without means-test or work requirement”

Basic Income is not a new idea and because of societal pressures even made it into the U.S. Congress as a policy proposal about 50 years ago. Just in the past few years we have seen resurgence in the Basic Income debate globally. In 2018, the Finnish government experimented with basic income, and GiveDirectly, a U.S. non-profit, has recently established the world’s largest basic income experiment in Kenya.

This presentation will provide a background on the current Basic Income movement and major players nationally and globally, on current practical applications, such as pilot studies> It will discuss the potential, as well as drawbacks, of a Basic Income. It will also explore how a Basic Income could lead to different power structures and to system change.

Liane Gale is a scientist-turned-activist, who has been especially interested in politics and economics as a means to system change. She is a founding member of the local group BIGMN (Basic Income Guarantee Minnesota) and the international Basic Income Women Action Group and has been a member of the national and international Basic Income community over the past four years.

Hosts:  Jennie Malcoun and Matthias Weigel

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Major Sources of Greenhouses Gases, Water Pollution, and Harm to Health - Think Again Brooklyns Print E-mail

 

How Do We Resolve the Severe Environmental

and Rural Health Problems Caused by CAFO's in MN?

 


Tuesday, April 16, 2019  

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

City Council Chambers
5200 85th Avenue N, Brooklyn Park, MN 55428


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Sonya Eayrs will speak on the extensive harm done by Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO’s), also often referred to as industrial or factory farms. She will suggest on how we can best correct the serious problems which factory farms are causing.

Sonya is a family lawyer and citizen activist who is active in getting the word out on how industrial farming increases greenhouse gas emissions in our state, pollutes rivers, lakes, and ground water, and harms the health of people who live in the vicinity of the farms.  She lives in Maple Grove, and her parents live in Dodge County surrounded by 11 industrial farms within a three mile radius, some as close as a half mile. The following graph reveals MN as one of the top three states in the number of CAFO’s:

 

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Listen to the farmers of Newberg Township in Karst County movingly explain the widespread harmful effects CAFO’s, which they are fighting to keep out of their county, would impact their lives.  What would this mean?  "What it meant is that it would change the life of everyone around here forever. . .  What has been really interesting is the near unanimous opposition to it."  Watch the 6 minute video.

Additional details will follow. As usual, the forum will include a question and answer session.

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Optimism over Future of Solar Energy

Expressed at February Forum


Our speakers for the February forum were very supportive of each others' efforts to help in the growth of the solar industry and had a great deal of optimism for its growth both in the coming years and for decades after that. 

jamez staplesJamez Staples, Executive Director of Renewable Energy Partners, described the new training center planned for north Minneapolis.  The center will aim at preparing high school students and young adults in north Minneapolis and the suburbs jan hubbardalong the Blue Line Light Rail Extension for jobs and long term careers in the growing solar energy industry.  Jan Hubbard, President of the Minnesota Renewable Energy Association, described the growing use of solar energy on  
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robert blakeBob Blake, Outreach Coordinator of Interfaith Power and Light, explained what community solar gardens were and encouraged people who are customers of Xcel Energy to participate in the community solar garden projects in the following counties:   Anoka, Benton, Blue Earth, Carver, Dakota, Dodge, Faribault, Freeborn, Goodhue, Hennepin, Le Sueur, Mower, Ramsey, Rice, Scott, Sherburne, Stearns, Steele, Waseca, Wright.  Sign up to get an estimate from MN Interfaith Power and Light of how much subscribing to a community solar project would reduce your electric bill.

 

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MN Leads in Community Solar Print E-mail

 

 

"Why Minnesota's Community Solar Program is the Best"

 



John Farrell's latest update of his article comparing Minnesota's community solar program to those in other states provides insight into the the solar industry's expectation that the industry can expect rapid growth.

 

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He emphasizes that MN's community solar program is the best in the country "because there 10 times more community solar projects in the queue—400 megawatts—in Minnesota than have been built in the history of community solar in the United States (40 megawatts)."  John Farrell directs the Energy Democracy Initiative at the Institute for Local Self Reliance.  Find out more about Minnesota's community solar program by reading this article and others here.

 

 

 
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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.  

 

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 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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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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