Mayoral Candidate Forum on Climate Resilience & Energy Access Print E-mail
Written by John Farrell   

 

Co-sponsored with Community Power,

Think Again MN is hosting a mayoral candidate forum

 

Thursday, June 29

6:15 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

 

Open Book in the Target Performance Hall

1011 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis, 55454

 

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What will Minneapolis prioritize and prepare for over the next four years? Come listen to candidates seeking to represent you as Mayor of Minneapolis as they answer questions about our local energy future that unite multiple important social issues including housing, climate resilience, racial equity, and workforce development for clean energy jobs.

Co-hosted by Community Power (of Minneapolis Energy Options), MN350, and Think Again MN.

If you are not able to make this particular evening, help spread the word to build up attendance, and encourage our next local elected leaders to provide strong, visionary leadership! http://www.communitypowermn.org/ward_forums

**Community Power, MN350, & Think Again MN do NOT endorse candidates. The purpose of these events is to highlight the importance and connectedness of local energy issues, and give a platform for residents to educate themselves about what city candidates plan to work on and prioritize over the next four years**
 
 
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Stone Arch Discussion Group

 
Modern Media - Stone Arch Discussion Group Print E-mail
Written by John Farrell   

 With Christopher J. Ison

School of Journalism and Mass Communication

University of Minnesota

 

 

Saturday, May 13, 2017 – 8:30-10:00 a.m.

Wilde Cafe and Spirits: 65 SE Main St, Minneapolis, MN 55414


 

christopher j. isonChris Ison was the Assistant Managing Editor for Investigative Projects at the Star Tribune in Minneapolis from 2001-2004. He was a reporter at the Star Tribune for 15 years, working on the investigative team, and, earlier, covering federal agencies, local government and gambling. He covered state politics, local government, police, and courts for the Duluth News Tribune from 1983-1986. Ison and fellow reporter Lou Kilzer won a Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting in 1990 for a series of stories on arson and links between the St. Paul (MN) Fire Department and profits from arsons and suspicious fires.

His stories have won various national and state awards, including awards from Investigative Reporters and Editors, the National Press Club, the Associated Press and other organizations. He supervised projects that won national awards from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers and the Society of Professional Journalists.

Ison teaches courses in news reporting and writing, investigative reporting, and media ethics. He is co-author, with School of Journalism and Mass Communication Professor Jane Kirtley, of the book "Media Ethics Today: Issues, Analysis, Solutions."



As usual, invite anyone interested--free and open to the public. Come, buy your coffee (the law is you can't bring food or drinks into a restaurant), learn a lot and have your questions ready.


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Clean Energy Resorce Teams - Stone Arch Disussion Group Print E-mail

 

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Saturday, April 8, 2017 – 8:30-10:00 a.m.

Wilde Cafe and Spirits: 65 SE Main St, Minneapolis, MN 55414

 

With Lissa Pawlisch - Director, Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs)

University of Minnesota Extension's Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships

 

 

Did you know Minnesota installed enough community solar projects to power over 13,000 homes since December? This month, we focus on Minnesota's efforts to advance clean energy, trends and developments, and how community members like you can participate.
 
We’re joined by Lissa Pawlisch.  Over the past thirteen years she has guided CERTs—a unique program partnership designed to connect individuals and communities to the resources they need to identify and implement community scale clean energy projects. After an environmental consulting stint, she got her Masters in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy. Lissa is passionate about working directly with communities to help them understand their energy options, the values that drive their projects, how technologies and practices can be deployed, and how to harness community capacity to affect change. Her current focus areas include community shared solar and local government clean energy adoption.

As usual, invite anyone interested--free and open to the public. Come, buy your coffee (the law is you can't bring food or drinks into a restaurant), learn a lot and have your questions ready.


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March Stone Arch: Tim Thompson, President of Housing Justice Center PDF Print E-mail

 

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Saturday, February 11, 2017 – 8:30-10:00 a.m.

Wilde Roast: 65 SE Main St, Minneapolis, MN 55414

 

This month, we’re looking at efforts to increase affordable housing in the Twin Cities with Tim Thompson, President and Senior Attorney at the Housing Justice Center. Tim has been working to expand affordable housing with HJC since 2000. His work has included, among other efforts, litigating to support housing access for all people. News coverage of a 2016 lawsuit filed by Tim against an apartment complex in Richfield, for example, says by raising the rent 30%, refusing to participate in government programs, and requiring a minimum credit score of 625, the owner is not only trying to upgrade the buildings, but the tenant population as well.

As usual, invite anyone interested--free and open to the public. Come, buy your coffee (the law is you can't bring food or drinks into a restaurant), learn a lot and have your questions ready.

 

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February Stone Arch: Former Rep. Phyllis Kahn PDF Print E-mail

 

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Saturday, February 11, 2017 – 8:30-10:00 a.m.

 

Wilde Roast: 65 SE Main St, Minneapolis, MN 55414

 

This month, we’re joined by former Rep. Phyllis Kahn, who served south Minneapolis neighborhoods in the state legislature for 44 years. She was the author of the landmark Clean Indoor Air Act in 1975, a law used as a template for similar legislation across the country.

She will offer her perspective on this year’s legislative session.

As usual, invite anyone interested--free and open to the public. Come, buy your coffee (the law is you can't bring food or drinks into a restaurant), learn a lot and have your questions ready.

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Implications of a GOP-led Session [Stone Arch Discussion Group at Wilde Roast] Print E-mail

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Saturday, December 10, 2016 – 8:30-10:00 AM


Wilde Roast: 65 SE Main St, Minneapolis, MN 55414

 

This month, we'll be joined by Sen. Dziedzic and Rep. Loeffler, 60 and 60A respectively, to discuss the upcoming 2017 legislative session. What will divided government bring to Minnesota?

 

Free and open to the public! Come early, buy your coffee (the law is you can't bring food or drinks into a restaurant), learn a lot and have your questions ready.

 

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Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin - January Stone Arch Print E-mail

 

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Saturday, January 14, 8:30 to 10 a.m.

 

Wild Roast Cafe, 65 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, MN 554l4

 

This month, we’re joined by Peter McLaughlin. He’s been a Hennepin County Commissioner since 1991, and serves most of the eastern portion of Minneapolis. He’s been a champion of transit options, including light rail and bicycle transportation, as well as leading an effort to join the Cool Counties committed to greenhouse gas emissions reductions of 80% by 2050.

 

As usual, invite anyone interested--free and open to the public. Come, buy your coffee (the law is you can't bring food or drinks into a restaurant), learn a lot and have your questions ready.

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Tar Sands, Pipelines, & Protests [Stone Arch Discussion Group] Print E-mail

 

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Saturday, November 12, 2016 – 8:30-10:00 AM


Wilde Roast: 65 SE Main St, Minneapolis, MN 55414

 

john-hottingerThis month, we'll be joined by former State Senate Majority Leader and former North Star Sierra Club board chair John Hottinger to talk about the political and environmental implications of infrastructure like the Dakota Access Pipeline. Sen. Hottinger served from 1991 through 2007.

 

From the Mankato Free Press:
Early in his career, he passed a law banning smoking in day-care centers. He led passage of a reform of corporate subsidies that eventually earned the support of two groups that were almost diametrically opposed at the beginning of the debate — the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and Minnesota Alliance for Progressive Action.

 

“It’s probably still the best in the nation,” he said of the law.

 

One of his most memorable efforts didn’t become law but was remarkable in how far it advanced. Hottinger pushed in 1995 for a constitutional amendment to create an endowment that would provide ongoing funding for early childhood development programs — even in times of state budget deficits.

 

Free and open to the public! Come early, buy your coffee (the law is you can't bring food or drinks into a restaurant), learn a lot and have your questions ready.

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Minneapolis School Board Chair Jenny Arneson [Stone Arch Discussion Group at Wilde Roast] Print E-mail

Saturday, October 8, 2016 – 8:30-10:00 AM


Wilde Roast: 65 SE Main St, Minneapolis, MN 55414

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This month, we'll be joined by the chair of the Minneapolis schools board, coming to share her perspectives on state of the district. Issues may include the new superintendent (five months into his new job), the looming referendum, the impact of federal healthy lunch standards, and the still-large achievement gap.

 

Jenny represents district 1, comprised of northeast and southeast Minneapolis. Jenny earned her bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf and master’s degree from the University of Minnesota, both degrees in social work. Jenny is a third generation Edison graduate. She lives in Northeast with her husband and three sons who currently attend Waite Park and Edison High School.

Jenny’s professional experience, primarily in North Minneapolis, includes working with pregnant and parenting teens, leading social skill groups in Minneapolis Public Schools and providing emergency services for families. Her passion lies in fighting for strong urban schools.

 

Free and open to the public! Come early, buy your coffee (the law is you can't bring food or drinks into a restaurant), learn a lot and have your questions ready.

 

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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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