30th Anniversary Celebrated at Stone Arch Discussion Group PDF Print E-mail

 

Think Again MN President Jeremy Wieland

Remembers Don and Arvonne Fraser and Many Others

 

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elizabeth gliddenThe longest running forum of Think Again MN is the Stone Arch Discussion Group which meets at the Wilde Roast Cafe in SE Minneapolis.  Stone Arch celebrated its 30th anniversary and that of our nonprofit in December.  The other Think Again MN monthly forums are the Achievement Gap Committee in St. Paul, Westside Progressives in Plymouth, and Think Again Brooklyns in Brooklyn Park.  Minneapolis City Council Member Elizabeth Glidden (left) spoke for the occasion at Stone Arch on the Working Families Agenda.  Following are 30th anniversary comments from Jeremy Wieland, President of Think Again MN and Stone Arch host:

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"The Stone Arch Discussion Group has been a forum to share ideas and challenge policy innovators. It has also been a wonderful forum for friends to share a cup of coffee and for businesses to show support of the community.  Stone Arch has been a venue to meet and humanize elected people who represent us in government, to talk with the thought leaders and academics who push the policy boundaries, and to hear from the government employees who forge law & policy into reality.


don ostrom at 30th anniversary dec 2015Without Arvonne and Don Fraser, we would never have met the first time. We thank them for public service in both the civic and civil realms that is too vast to measure. They did not do this alone. I have been on the Board for over ten years and I’ve benefited from the mentorship of the Frasers, Don Ostrom (left, in front) and Carol Flynn, who were Presidents before me, and Barbara Allivato, Vici Oshiro, John Farrell, and Brian Hanninnen who made pretty much everything run on time. Barbara Bearman and Matt Little were especially welcoming to a much younger me. I thank Amy Klobuchar for being an early President and now respected Senator. I thank so many who endeavored on this project before us. 


I want to call attention now to our current Board, many of whom you may not know. Carol Woehrer, John Riskin, Wayne Doe, Tammie Carino and former Legislator Betty Folliard. Carol, John, Wayne, Tammy and Betty give tirelessly, as have their predecessors, so that we have venues and speakers to continue the work of civic engagement and democracy building. They are all inspirational in their own ways whether they know or not.


Today’s celebration is of each of you in the room this morning, and everyone who raised a cup at Gardens of Salonica, or who tempted fate marching down the stairs of Jitters, and everyone who has taken a bag lunch to seek solutions to the achievement gap, or shared the history of progressive politics in Minnesota, or reached out to engage new Minnesotans before the historic rejection of the marriage amendment. Together the great work of our society progresses under our hands, and I like to think that we are making progress."

 

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How are the Minneapolis Parks, and Why the $21 Million Levy? PDF Print E-mail


January Stone Arch Discussion Group

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Minneapolis Parks are frequently rated among the best in the country. Come hear how they’re doing and why the city’s park board says it will take a new $21 million levy to keep up our nation-leading park system.

 

Saturday, January 9, 2016 – 8:30-10:00 AM
Wilde Roast: 65 SE Main St, Minneapolis, MN 55414

 

As usual, invite anyone interested--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.

Photo credit: Michael Hicks via Flickr

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Elizabeth Glidden Answers: Is the Working Family Agenda Dead in Minneapolis? PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Farrell   

 

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STONE ARCH DISCUSSION GROUP
 
Sat, December 12, 8:30am – 10:00am
Wilde Roast, 65 Southeast Main Street, Minneapolis, MN 55414, United States (map)
 
 
Councilmember Glidden will join us to discuss the Working Families Agenda. A set of powerful economic justice issues—fair schedule, sick leave, and minimum wage—were introduced to the city council earlier this fall but encountered stiff resistance from the city's business community. By now, all proposed changes have been dropped or postponed. What are the prospects for these issues in 2016?  
 

Learn more:
Adopted Minneapolis resolution in April 2015: http://bit.ly/1O6IhwB
What happened from MinnPost: http://bit.ly/1N6GqIy
Last agenda item, paid sick leave, postponed until 2016: http://bit.ly/1OKpz0D

 

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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Underutilized Public Space: Stone Arch Discussion Group at Wilde Roast PDF Print E-mail

 

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Sat, November 14, 8:30am – 10:00am
Wilde Roast, 65 Southeast Main Street, Minneapolis, MN 55414, United States (map)
 
 
    Minneapolis Councilman Blong Yang will discuss underutilized public space.
 
    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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October Stone Arch Discussion Group Cancelled PDF Print E-mail

 

Mattie's on Main has closed.  Our future Stone Arch discussions will be down the hall at the Wilde Roast, 65 SE Main Street, Minneapolis.  The Wilde Roast has a wedding party for October 10th so we are cancelling our October meeting.  We will look forward to seeing you at the Wilde Roast November 14 when Minneapolis Councilman Blong Yang will discuss underutilized public space.

 

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Met Council's Cara Letofsky at September's Stone Arch Discussion PDF Print E-mail

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Saturday, September 12  — 8:30 - 10:00 AM

 

Wilde Roast — 43 Southeast Main Street , Minneapolis, MN

Note:  For this month our meeting is at Wilde Roast, just down the hall from Mattie's

 

Met Council member Cara Letofsky headlines this month's Stone Arch discussion.  Cara was appointed to the Metropolitan Council in March 2015 by Governor Mark Dayton. She lives in Minneapolis, and represents District 8, which includes parts of Minneapolis and St. Anthony in Hennepin and Ramsey counties. 

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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Police Minority Relations - Stone Arch Discussion Group PDF Print E-mail

 

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

 

Mattie's on Main, 43 Main Street SE, Minneapolis

 


chuck samuelsonCharles (Chuck) Samuelson, Executive Director of ACLU MN will discuss police minority relations and how minor infractions are used against minority communities.

 

Chuck Samuelson graduated from Syracuse University with a B.A. in Medieval History and a minor in political science. He studied at Freiburg University in Germany and pursued a doctorate in Medieval History at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He moved to the Twin Cities in 1977 and has pursued a career in the non-profit sector for the past 25 years.

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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State-wide Transportation with Katie Hatt at Stone Arch PDF Print E-mail

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

 

Mattie's on Main, 43 Main Street SE, Minneapolis

 


Katie Hatt, non-profit consultant and former staff member for Peter McLaughlin will discuss how the 2015 legislative session impacts state-wide transportation.

Katie Hatt is a public policy consultant and lifelong Minnesotan.  During the recently concluded 2015 Legislative Session, Katie provided expertise on transportation finance and policy issues for community-based organizations advocating for long term, sustainable, and multimodal transportation funding.   Katie’s past clients include the McKnight Foundation, the Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota, the Ford Foundation’s Metropolitan Opportunity Unit, and the City of Minneapolis. 

Earlier in her career, Katie worked for the Minnesota House of Representatives (DFL Caucus Research), the Metropolitan Council, the Office of Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin, the Longfellow Community Council and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.  Katie holds a degree in Urban Studies from the University of Minnesota’s College of Liberal Arts.

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 Low Budget" for Higher Ed - Stone Arch PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Farrell   

 

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Saturday, May 9           8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.


Mattie's on Main, 43 Main Street SE, Minneapolis

 

In a letter to House and Senate higher-ed funding chairs, Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Education Larry Pogemillrt said empathetically, "A lower budget target has lowered the [House] committee's ability to make comprehensive investments."  (Star Tribune, April 29, 2015)

 

Come hear more from the Commissioner on the outlook for higher education in the legislature at this month's Stone Arch discussion!

 

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

 

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Stone Arch Discussion with Gülgün Kayim, Director, Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, City of Minneapolis PDF Print E-mail

 

Art's Contribution to Street Life and the Economy

 

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


Mattie's on Main, 43 Southeast Main Street #144, Minneapolis, MN 55414

 

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This month, we're talking about the contribution of the arts to our economy. Gülgün Kayim, Director, Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy for the City of Minneapolis will lead our discussion which may cover the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association, The Guthrie, and the Hennepin Theater Trust, among other major arts spaces and events. Part of her job is to encourage artists to create urban gathering places, plazas, parks, markets and streets bursting with life.


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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