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Stone Arch Discussion Group

 
December Stone Arch: A Legislative Preview Print E-mail
Written by John Farrell   

 

With Minnpost's Peter Callaghan


Saturday, December 8            8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

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

 

Peter Callaghan

He’s deep into the policies, from paid family leave to addressing opioid addiction, but also the process of the legislature. Last week, Mr Callaghan ramped up the readership of his legislative coverage with a story entitled "You know you want to read this sexy story about legislative process reform."

Join us for a conversation with Minnpost’s Peter Callaghan for this month’s Stone Arch. In the meantime, catch his writing at Minnpost or his Twitter posts

 

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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Post-election Conversation with Senator Kari Dziedzic, Stone Arch Print E-mail
Written by John Farrell   

 

 

Did the Blue Wave Materialize?

 

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Saturday, November 10            8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

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

 

Did Democrats take the U.S. House? Did the Blue Wave lead to control of the Senate or did the map favor Republican incumbents? What happened in the 8th Congressional District? The First? Who controls the Minnesota Legislature?

 

With Senator Kari Dziedzic

 

kari dziedzicAt this month’s Stone Arch, State Senator Kari Dziedzic takes us through what changed on November 6.


Kari's District 60 in which Stone Arch meets is a very diverse area.  It includes the birthplace of Minneapolis – where the mill industry first boomed along the riverfront.  It includes all of the neighborhoods in NE Minneapolis and SE Minneapolis, the Cedar Riverside area of Minneapolis, and the northern part of the Seward neighborhood in Minneapolis.   This area has always been home to immigrant populations, and includes many recent immigrants.


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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A 2nd Perspective on the Minneapolis 2040 Comp Plan - Stone Arch Discussion Group Print E-mail
Written by John Farrell   

 

Do you know how the plan will

 

impact our neighborhoods and city?

 

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Saturday, October 13               8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

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

 

Will the proposed comprehensive plan bulldoze your neighbor’s house? Will it create affordable housing? Will it make developers rich?

 

With Janne Flisrand

 

janne flisrandJanne Flisrand is one of the co-founders of Neighbors for More Neighbors. She's worked on affordable housing issues for 20 years, after seeing the impact housing instability and limited transit choices had on the kids she served at a Wilder Foundation drop-in after school program she ran. Janne led the statewide Minnesota Green Communities collaboration for a decade. It resulted in energy and healthy housing policy changes that have benefitted tens of thousands of low-income Minnesotans. She is a co-founder of Our Streets Minneapolis. Her policy insight and writing prompted an invitation to join the streets.mn board. She served as director of a North Minneapolis neighborhood association. She's passionate about sound city budgets, eliminating racial disparities, and creating a city full of opportunity and choice for each person who lives here.

 

Read Janne’s commentaries on zoning, planning, and transit at Streets.mn:
https://streets.mn/author/jflisrand/

 

Read the Star Tribune commentary from September’s Stone Arch speaker, Lisa McDonald:
http://strib.mn/2LH7Bzt

 

Read other opinions and news about the Minneapolis 2040 Plan:


Minnpost explains the report, and offers a Q&A with the city’s long-range planning director:
http://bit.ly/2wBrxiD


“Minneapolis 2040: A plan was required, but plans have consequences” (Tim Keane, real estate lawyer): http://strib.mn/2NyChof


“No, the bulldozers aren’t coming for your house” (Steve Brandt): http://bit.ly/2LI6Eaa


Streets.mn explainer, based on the goals the Council gave to planners: http://bit.ly/2N2rxkT


MPR story explains some of the racial history behind many Minneapolis neighborhoods being zoned only for single-family homes: http://bit.ly/2N6glDQ


Neighbors for more Neighbors, an advocacy group supporting the Comprehensive Plan, explains its principles: http://bit.ly/2N5vIwn


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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The Minneapolis 2040 Comp Plan - Stone Arch Discussion Group Print E-mail
Written by John Farrell   

 

Do you know how the plan will

impact our neighborhoods and city?

 

 

Minneapolis 2040 extinction

 

 

Saturday, September  8             8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

 

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

 

Will the proposed comprehensive plan bulldoze your neighbor’s house? Will it create affordable housing? Will it make developers rich?

 

With Lisa McDonald and Carol Becker

 

Lisa McDonald was a 10th Ward council member from 1993 to 2001.  She chaired the zoning and planning committee and oversaw a new rewrite of the City of Minneapolis Zoning Code. She ran for Mayor in 2001. Lisa has participated in and chaired several Citizen Action Committees for the Minneapolis Park Board including the recent CAC for the Lake Harriet and Bde Maka Ska area.

 

Carol Becker has her doctorate in Public Administration and teaches at Hamline University.  She led the effort to get $250 million for neighborhood parks.  She is in her fourth term on the Board of Estimate and Taxation.

 

Lisa McDonald and Carol Becker are core founding members of MinneapolisforEveryone.org   They established this group because they have concerns about the  2040 Comp Plan and want to insure all citizens are informed about the impact it could have on our neighborhoods, communities, and the city as a whole. They continue to work with Minneapolis 4 Everyone, an advocacy group opposing the city’s new comprehensive plan that includes up-zoning most residential areas to allow for multiplexes as well as increasing density allowances for transit corridors.

 

Read Lisa’s Star Tribune commentary: http://strib.mn/2LH7Bzt

 

Read other opinions and news about the Minneapolis 2040 Plan:


Minnpost explains the report, and offers a Q&A with the city’s long-range planning director: http://bit.ly/2wBrxiD


“Minneapolis 2040: A plan was required, but plans have consequences” (Tim Keane, real estate lawyer): http://strib.mn/2NyChof


“No, the bulldozers aren’t coming for your house” (Steve Brandt): http://bit.ly/2LI6Eaa


Streests.mn explainer, based on the goals the Council gave to planners: http://bit.ly/2N2rxkT


MPR story explains some of the racial history behind many Minneapolis neighborhoods being zoned only for single-family homes: http://bit.ly/2N6glDQ


Neighbors for more Neighbors, an advocacy group supporting the Comprehensive Plan, explains its principles: http://bit.ly/2N5vIwn

 

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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Tributes to Arvonne Fraser Print E-mail

 

 

Farewell to a Dear Friend, Arvonne Fraser

 

 

arvonne fraser 2If you didn't know already, we say farewell to a dear friend, inspiring leader, and founder of the nonprofit on which Think Again MN and our Stone Arch discussion group is based, Arvonne Fraser. 

Arvonne has left us. The meeting has ended. The coffee is exhausted. We're packing up our coats and notes, excited for the mission which she's inspired us to take on. I hope she understands her role in all of our lives, and that for her efforts women are empowered to run for office, lead companies, try cases, and raise children, and that men welcome and encourage and expect women in these roles. Arvonne is our hero, even in passing a source of inspiration and kindness and welcome. We will all miss you, but we will all carry a part of you in memory with us.  Please join us to celebrate her life:

 

August 30, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

                                       Nicollet Island Pavilion, 40 Powers Street, Minneapolis

 


She's no lady, as she famously titled her book, but she had a knack for starting good conversation.  The Star Tribune reports that Senator Amy Klobuchar, who was a neighbor to the Frasers, said in a statement that Arvonne Fraser “blazed a trail for woman” and added that she “pushed so many women to go into the fray and do good.”    Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said in a statement Tuesday night that the city “has lost a legend and I have lost a friend.” 



During the Carter administration, Arvonne Fraser served as director of the Office of Women at the U.S. Agency for International Development and as a member of the U.S. delegations to the first two U.N. World Conferences on Women.  Among her many accomplishments, Arvonne was a founder of the Center on Women, Gender and Public Policy at the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs. The Advocates for Human Rights wrote, "The human rights world has lost a giant. Arvonne Fraser inspired women's human rights activists across the globe. She helped develop international standards for the protection of women and was a tireless advocate herself."

If you haven't been a visitor to our monthly Stone Arch Saturday discussions, consider joining us in her honor. Read about Arvonne's extensive contribution to human rights in the Advocates foe Human Rignts tribute to her and in her Star Tribune obituary.  If you would like to honor Arvonne Fraser, you can do so by donating to the University of Minnesota Foundation - Humphrey School Arvonne Fraser Fund, P.O. Box 860266, Mpls, MN 55486, or Emily's List, 1800 M St NW, Ste 375N, Washington, DC 20036.


 

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August Stone Arch: Age Discrimination with Paul Ziezulewicz Print E-mail

 

Saturday, August 11             8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

 

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


Age-Discrimination

 

Paul serves as Associate General Counsel and assists the Department in overseeing discrimination investigations, drafting appeal decisions, and providing legal advice to the Commissioner and Department employees. He’ll talk with us about age discrimination in the workplace.

Paul serves as Associate General Counsel for the Minnesota Department of Human Rights. He assists the Department in overseeing discrimination investigations, drafting appeal decisions, and providing legal advice to the Commissioner and Department employees. Prior to joining MDHR, he practiced as a housing attorney at Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, the local legal aid office in Saint Paul. In addition to representing clients in housing court, Paul worked under a grant that allowed him to do community impact work in the Frogtown and Rondo neighborhoods of Saint Paul. Paul clerked for the Honorable Kathryn Quaintance in Hennepin County District Court immediately after law school. A former AmeriCorps volunteer, Paul graduated from the University of St. Thomas, and has been licensed to practice law in Minnesota since 2012.

 

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July Stone Arch: Susan Brower, Minnesota State Demographer Print E-mail
Written by John Farrell   

 

Changing Demographics and the Importance of the Census


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

 

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


With Susan Brower - State Demographer

 

A Star Tribune article earlier this week highlighted what’s at stake and how Minnesotans are preparing for the 2020 Census. Susan Brower’s office of demographic experts helps lead Minnesota’s effort to ensure everyone is counted. She’ll talk about the state’s changing demographics, the importance of the census, and why at least one proposed census question is controversial.

 

susan browerSusan Brower is the Minnesota State Demographer and directs the MN State Demographic Center. Susan became the State Demographer in February 2012. In that capacity, she travels the state talking with Minnesotans about the new social and economic realities that are brought about by recent demographic shifts. Susan's work applies an understanding of demographic trends to changes in a range of areas including the state's economy and workforce, education, health, immigration and rural population changes.

 

Susan joined the State Demographic Center after working as a researcher on the Minnesota Compass project at Wilder Research in St. Paul. Prior to that, she worked at the Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan.

 

Susan earned her Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Michigan, specializing in demography and family sociology. She also holds a master's degree in public policy from Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.


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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June Stone Arch: Immigration & Workforce with Ibrahim Hirsi, Minnpost staff writer PDF Print E-mail

Equity Transit and Urban Development

 

 

Saturday, June 9 - 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

 

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

 

IbrahimHirsiThis month at our Stone Arch discussion, Minnpost staff writer Ibrahim Hirsi joins us for a discussion of immigration and workforce. He’s recently written about issues with deportation and the role of immigrants in fulfilling Minnesota’s workforce shortages.

 

See his full list of recent work at Minnpost:

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Yingling Fan, Associate Professor in Regional Planning and Policy - Stone Arch Discussion Group Print E-mail

 

Equity Transit and Urban Development

 

 

Saturday, May 12 - 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

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

 

 

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This month at our Stone Arch discussion, University of Minnesota Professor Yingling Fan will share her research focused on novel land use and transportation solutions to promote human health and social equity.

Yingling Fan is Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning and the Director of the Global Transit Innovations program at the University of Minnesota. Her interdisciplinary work has appeared in many leading academic journals across multiple fields, and she has received several awards including the 2008 Pedestrian Committee Best Paper Award from the national Transportation Research Board (TRB). Fan is an internationally recognized expert on transit corridor planning and her ongoing book project examines the truth and future of transit revival in the U.S.

Get a sneak peek at her forthcoming book with these excerpts:

The Glory and Contradictions of American Railway Expansion, 1852-1920


Transit Revival and Urban Regeneration on Abandoned Railways


Denver’s Transit Renaissance: A Legacy of Regionalism, Accountability, and Creativity


The Future of U.S. Transit is in Regional Place-Making


Fan has published her work in various urban planning and transportation research journals. Her recent projects include investigating the impact of urban form on health disparities, the role of neighborhood and family structure in influencing leisure-time activity patterns, and the impact of transit corridor improvements on job accessibility and neighborhood change.


She holds a PhD in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bachelor’s degree in Transportation Engineering from Southeast University, Nanjing, China.

 


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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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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