Latino Issues and Events

To Friends Who Joined Us to

  Celebrate Cinco de Mayo -

A Big Thank You!


granddaughter in red dancing dressWe would like to extend a big thank you to everyone who attended Think Again MN's Cinco de Mayo Celebration and to those who made donations for our upcoming projects especially the Minnesota Latino initiative.  Think Again MN Board member Samuel Verdeja will be visiting Latino communities throughout Minnesota to start forums and civic engagement projects.

The accompanying photos are Samuel's step daughter Wendy Everett and his granddaughter Catalina Martinez who performed dances from different regions of Mexico for us.  Everyone appreciated their beautiful dresses and dances and Wendy's excellent description of the origin of the dances.

Founder of the Cinco de Mayo movement inwendy dancing Minnesota, Samuel Verdeja explained the origins of Cinco de Mayo when the Mexicans defeated the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.  He related how the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta in West St. Paul got started in 1982.


Think Again MN Board member Linda Freemon welcomed everyone at her beautiful home in Brooklyn Park.  She and her daughter-in-law from Costa Rica prepared delicious chicken and beef tacos, Program Director Carol Woehrer brought pastries and Tres Leches Cake from the Crystal Panadaria, and Samuel Verdeja provided the margaritas.  One of the guests commented on Facebook, "Had a great time celebrating Cinco De Mayo on Saturday. It was a great fundraiser by Think Again MN to support empowering issue forums in the Brooklyns sister cities and throughout Minnesota."

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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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