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Now it's time for African Immigrants to move from civic spectators to policy makers by taking leadership roles on local park boards, PTA's, philanthropic groups, city commissions, and local governments.  That was the main theme of the African Civic Engagement Conversation that took place in May at the Brooklyn Park City Council Chambers.  Think Again MN Board members Linda Freemon and Carol Woehrer participated in the planning of the Civic Engagement Conversation.

Brooklyn Park, a city of 77,000, is nearly 50 percent minority. About 21 percent of the city is foreign-born. Brooklyn Center, a city of 30,000, is about 55 percent minority, according to U.S. Census data. About 23 percent of its population is foreign-born.

Read the articles on the Conversation reported in the Star Tribune and Twin Cities Daily Planet:

Brooklyn  Park forum: Immigrant and minorities need to step up and take more civic roles

Brooklyn Park African and African-American communities convene 350 leaders for civic engagement


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21st Century Jobs in MN


Looking Forward to Clean Energy

Tuesday, May 21 cleanenergyjobs

6:30 p.m. Social and Refreshments
    7 p.m. - Program

Brooklyn Park City Hall
City Council Chambers

5200 85th Avenue North

Climate change is causing melting arctic ice, drought leading to higher food prices in the Midwest, more catastrophic storms, food and water shortages in Africa, and rising sea levels flooding low lying Asian Cities and villages.  We can do something about it right here in Minnesota.  We have an abundance of wind and as much solar as Jacksonville, Florida. Increasing clean energy goals in Minnesota will not only be kinder to the earth, its people, and its animals, it will also create many good paying jobs, and put Minnesota on the path to economic prosperity.  Join us to find out how.

j. drake hamiltonJ. Drake Hamilton
Science Policy
 Director, Fresh Energy


J. Hamilton is in demand throughout MN to
speak on climate change and the enormous benefits of clean renewable energy for MN.  Find out how MN is moving ahead on clean energy jobs that generate renewable energy, protect our health,  reduce climate change, and keep energy dollars in MN.



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The 2013 Solar Energy Jobs Act

Senator Eaton co-sponsored the bill that would make MN a leading state for clean energy and create good paying jobs requiring many different skills.  Find out how her bill did in the House and Senate during the legislative session and what the next step will be.

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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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