Senator Kari Dziedzic at Stone Arch PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, February 14, 8:30AM to 10AM


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

 

Expect to hear more about the prospects of the Senate DFL's first six bills–including free two-year tuition at community or technical colleges and free pre-school–at our February Stone Arch discussion!

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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Jay Walljasper at January's Stone Arch Discussion PDF Print E-mail

 

Saturday, January 10 – 8:30-10:00 AM


***at Mattie’s on Main***
43 SE Main Street #144, Minneapolis

 

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Featuring Jay Walljasper


A popular speaker, veteran communications strategist, award-winning writer and community consultant, Jay Walljasper gathers stories and practices from around the world that point us toward a better and more enjoyable future.

Jay explores the reality and the perception of the Twin Cities in a series of essays commissioned by The McKnight Foundation. Looking at successful cities in the US and around the world he's investigated the policies and the culture that give us our strengths and weaknesses on a very competitive, global stage. For Stone Arch he'll lead us in a conversation about his findings.

Check out his "food for thought" pieces for McKnight Foundation!

 

 

 

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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Why Worry about ALEC? - Stone Arch Discussion Group PDF Print E-mail

 

Saturday, November 8

Gardens of Salonica
19 5th St NE, Minneapolis, MN‎

 

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This month we hear from Dee Voss, a local expert on the conservative ALEC, American Legislative Exchange Council.  Dee Voss gives talks on the impact of the American Legislative Exchange Council in which she covers the impact of ALEC on many aspects of state and federal law. By the end of her talk, you will know why you need to be worried about ALEC.

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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Tim Willson on Inner Ring Suburbs PDF Print E-mail

 

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Saturday , October 11, 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.tim willson

 

Gardens of Salonica

19 5th St NE, Minneapolis, MN


What are the particular challenges faced by inner ring suburbs? Mayor Tim Wilson from Brooklyn Center comes to Stone Arch to share his views, and hear yours. Join the discussion!

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. 

Sponsored by the Stone Arch Discussion Group.

 

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Lisa Stratton from Gender Justice [Stone Arch Discussion Group] PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, September 13, 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.
 
Gardens of Salonica, 19 5th St NE, Minneapolis
 
 
Gender Justice works to eliminate gender and sex discrimination through education, policy work, and impact litigation. Learn more 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 you can't bring food or drinks into a restaurant), learn a lot and have your questions ready.
 
 
Bridging Downtown and the U of M West Bank - Stone Arch Discussion Group PDF Print E-mail

 

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

 

Gardens of Salonica, 19 5th St NE, Minneapolis

 

mic johnsonMic Johnson from the U of M's School of Design comes to share their concept for bridging downtown Minneapolis with the University's West Bank by building an extensive deck over I-35W (much like I-35 in Duluth).  Come see and discuss this intriguing concept of urban design!

More about it here: http://www.minnpost.com/cityscape/2014/04/plan-stitch-minneapolis-together-again-cover-stretch-i-35w

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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Obamacare Implementation, Session 2014, and More PDF Print E-mail

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Saturday, July 12
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Gardens of Salonica 19 5th St NE, Minneapolis (map)

 

Minnesota Rep. Diane Loeffler will discuss state implementation of the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare") and review the 2014 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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Dustin Denison explains how the future of solar is in your community PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Farrell   
 
June's Stone Arch Discussion

  

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Saturday, June 14
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Gardens of Salonica 19 5th St NE, Minneapolis (map)

Dustin Denison has been in the solar business for years with Applied Energy Innovations, but thanks to a new state law in 2013, he'll be helping folks without a sunny roof participate in a solar rooftop revolution.  His company, MN Community Solar helps people buy shares in a solar array, and his inaugural project with Northern Sun Merchandising will allow dozens of Minnesotans to cut their energy bills with a share of a rooftop solar array in their community.

 

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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Collateral Costs: Racial Disparities and Injustice in Minnesota’s Marijuana Laws PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Farrell   

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Saturday, May 10

8:30 - 10:00 AM

Gardens of Salonica, Minneapolis

 

Marijuana laws are being reformed across the country to allow for medical and even recreational use, but in Minnesota, the possession of over 1.5 ounces of marijuana for any purpose remains a felony. The enforcement of marijuana possession laws does not impact all Minnesotans equally – FBI statistics indicate blacks in Minnesota are 6.4 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than whites, a rate over two times the national average.

 

Minnesota 2020 Felllow Nicole Simms leads this month's Stone Arch discussion on the disparity in enforcement of Minnesota's marijuana laws.


A new report by Minnesota 2020 – “Collateral Costs: Racial Disparities and Injustice in Minnesota’s Marijuana Laws” – explores how this racial disparity in arrests plays out across the state, and what factors may account for it. In considering the range of collateral costs associated with an arrest for marijuana possession, it becomes clear that racial disparities in marijuana possession arrests further exacerbate equity gaps for individuals and neighborhoods in communities of color. Marijuana laws and their enforcement must therefore be considered within a civil rights framework.

 

Report author Nicole Simms is a Minnesota 2020 Fellow, and holds a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Minnesota. Since completing her degree in 2011, she has taught a number of courses at Macalester College and the University of Minnesota, and also undertakes social science research as an independent contractor.

 

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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Taking MNSure's Temperature [Stone Arch Discussion Group] PDF Print E-mail


Stone Arch Discussion Group


Saturday, Apr. 12
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Gardens of Salonica 19 5th St NE, Minneapolis, MN

 

At this month's Stone Arch Discussion, Amy Lange, healthcare fellow from Growth & Justice, will reflect on the launch of Minnesota's health exchange, MNSure, how it could have gone better, and what might be done to improve it.

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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