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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Anthony Newby of NOC [Stone Arch Discussion Group at Wilde Roast] Print E-mail

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


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

 

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Few organizations have fought harder or organized better for the $15 minimum wage in Minneapolis, and this month Anthony Newby, Executive Director of Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC).  Anthony will come talk about why it belongs on the ballot, the mistake in the Supreme Court’s decision to strike it from the ballot, and the difference it can make for hundreds of low-wage workers.
 
Anthony began his organizing career in disaster relief, helping create an innovative social media platform to deliver aid in the wake of a tornado that devastated North Minneapolis in 2011.   He then worked to leverage the local Occupy movement into what became Occupy Homes MN, one of the most dynamic movement organizing models in the country. He has since worked to grow NOC into a intersectional movement hub and one of most compelling black and people of color-led community organizations in the nation.
 
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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August Summer Break for Stone Arch Discussion Group PDF Print E-mail

 

The Stone Arch Discussion Group will not meet this month.  We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, September 10.

 

 

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Commissioner Myron Frans of Minnesota Management and Budget - July Stone Arch PDF Print E-mail

 

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Saturday, July 9
8:30 to 10:00 a.m.

Wilde Roast Cafe

65 Main Street SE, Minneapolis
 

This month we're joined by Myron Frans, former Revenue Commissioner and now commissioner of the Minnesota Management and Budget office providing budget forecasts for the entire state.

Myron Frans was appointed to Commissioner of MN Management & Budget in 2015.  He previously served as Commissioner of Revenue from 2011 to 2015. Frans has three decades of private practice tax law expertise and served as president of Leeds Precision Instruments, a company in Golden Valley, Minnesota, that designs, manufactures and sells forensic microscopes around the world.   Frans is a graduate of the University of Kansas Law School. 

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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Mark Kappelhoff, U of M Law Professor - Stone Arch PDF Print E-mail

 

Saturday, June 11 – 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

 

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

 

 

mark kappelhoffProfessor Mark Kappelhoff is a Clinical Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota Law School. His areas of expertise are criminal law, police accountability and reform, criminal procedure, civil rights, and human trafficking. He directs the Criminal Justice Clinic, teaches a seminar course on Human Trafficking, and consults regularly on issues related to the criminal justice system and civil rights laws.

The Stone Arch Discussion Group is a monthly conversation of issues of pressing public interest, from health care reform to instant runoff voting to a progressive majority.

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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MinnPost reporter Briana Bierschbac​h covers the legislature [Stone Arch Discussion Group] PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, May 14 – 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

 

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

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Briana Bierschbach reports on state politics, policy and campaigns. She got her start in journalism covering city government and transportation for the Minnesota Daily, the University of Minnesota's award-winning campus newspaper. After college she covered the 2010 Minnesota legislative session with the Associated Press before joining Politics in Minnesota as a staff reporter. She has spent more than five years covering Minnesota politics and has also worked with the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal and Minnesota Premier Publications.

 

Her recent articles include:

Senate Democrats' $1.5 billion infrastructure proposal sets up clash with House Republicans

Transportation debate at the Legislature muddles Minnesota's already complicated bonding process

A historic mansion, the Minnesota Legislature, and the politics of the 2016 bonding bill

Not adding up: Halfway through session, legislative leaders remain far apart on key issues

 

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Fartun Weli of Isuroon Nonprofit Group - Stone Arch Discussion Group PDF Print E-mail

 

Saturday, April 9 – 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

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

 

fartun weliFartun Weli is Founder and Executive Director of Isuroon, a nonprofit group dedicated to promoting the health and empowerment of Minnesota’s Somali women. Under her direction, ISUROON (a Somali word meaning "woman taking care of herself") has created a health-support network for Somali women, forged links with dozens of community groups, and secured public and private grant support for Isuroon's work.   She speaks often about the concerns of health inequity of Minnesota minorities, especially the Somali community-women at public events and is recognized as an indispensable liaison between the Somali and mainstream communities.


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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