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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Stone Arch Discussion Group PDF Print E-mail

 

Boosting the Minimum Wage

 

 

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

 

Gardens of Salonica

19 5th Street Northeast
Minneapolis, MN 55413
 
 
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Newly elected 3rd Ward Minneapolis city council member Jacob Frey joins Stone Arch for a discussion of the city (and state) efforts to raise the minimum wage.

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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Minneapolis proclaims “Don Fraser Day” PDF Print E-mail

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The MN Daily reports that the city of Minneapolis proclaimed Feb. 7 "Don Fraser Day" to honor the former state senator, mayor, and U.S. representative on his birthday. Don and his wife, Arvonne, were instrumental in establishing the long-running Stone Arch Discussion group and supporting many of Think Again MN's other activities.

From the article:

A former state senator representing the University of Minnesota area now has a day of his own. The City Council on Friday proclaimed Feb. 7, 2014 to be “Don Fraser Day” in honor of the former mayor and congressman’s birthday.

Council members also introduced new ordinance topics and honored the death of a community member. Fraser served as a state senator in the 1950s before being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1962. He became mayor of Minneapolis in 1979 and was the longest-serving mayor in the city’s history.

  “I found the job of being mayor one of the most interesting jobs I’ve ever
  had,” Fraser said in a short acceptance speech that was received by a 
  standing ovation from council members and attendees. “I appreciate this very
  much.”

Read more at MNDaily.com


Read the "Don Fraser Day" Proclamation.

 

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Stone Arch Recap: Linda Higgins PDF Print E-mail

Stone Arch Discussion welcomed minted Hennepin County Commissioner Linda Higgins this January. Commissioner Higgins was elected in a special election to complete the term for former Commissioner Stenglein in District 2, which includes the Northern Half of Minneapolis, Golden Valley and Plymouth.

Issues that Commissioner Higgins jumped right into included transit issues. There are two light rail lines on the books impacting her district; the Southwest Light Rail and the Bottineau line that would run North and West. This latter line is facing much less trouble than the newsworthy Southwest Line. In fact, all of the municipalities impacted by the Bottineau line have given consent for the proposed path. Southwest Light Rail is facing more trouble as Minneapolis and St. Louis Park have no agreement on the alignment or execution. Southwest is troubled.

In addition to the Bottineau Light Rail proposal there is also a proposal for Bus Rapid Transit that would run North and South along Penn Avenue through North Minneapolis. The true value of such a line would be connecting residents of North Minneapolis and Brooklyn Center to the large number of high wage jobs in the southwestern suburbs. Connecting jobs to labor is just one more benefit of developing more mass transit.

Bus Rapid Transit won't be the only benefit for Penn Avenue. Both Penn Avenue in North Minneapolis and Lowry Avenue in Northeast Minneapolis are designated Community Work Projects. They'll see considerable upgrades in the coming future through economic development and improved planning.

Of course one can't talk about county level government without talking about Human Services. Hennepin County will be regionalizing its Human Services locations. Presently anyone who needs to rely on public assistance needs to travel to a single location in downtown Minneapolis. This will change in 2014. Regional offices will be opening across the county to improve access for people requiring public assistance. The offices in Minneapolis will remain to serve the city, but suburban locations will improve the number of access points for residents, eliminating the requirement to travel downtown.

In an effort to help residents of the county presently on welfare, Hennepin County had launched the WIN program. The Workforce Incentive Network program is presently small. The goal is to train recipients in higher wage skills and then provide placement services. To ensure that the county is successful in this program, a control group has also been established. This may seem unkind, but it's a considerable investment to provide training and placement. Comparing outcomes for the trained group to the untrained group is the only way to quantify the program's results.

Hennepin county is also becoming involved in education. Though the county doesn't provide any direct funding or supervision, it can be helpful. Hennepin is looking to establish stable housing for children in poverty and at risk of falling into the criminal justice system. Anyone attending our various Achievement Gap Committee meetings understands that unstable housing negatively impacts educational outcomes. Stability is helpful.

So check out your County Commissioners.

 

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The Orchestra Lockout and Public Ownership PDF Print E-mail


Stone Arch Discussion Group


Saturday, Feb. 8
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

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

 

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State Rep. Phyllis Kahn provides a review of the 15-month lockout of Orchestra players and reflects on the advantages and disadvantages of public ownership.

 

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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Hennepin County Commissioner Linda Higgins PDF Print E-mail


Stone Arch Discussion Group


Saturday, Jan. 11
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

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


Linda Higgins joined the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners in November 2012.

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Before joining the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners, Commissioner Higgins was the Minnesota State Senator from District 58, representing Downtown and North Minneapolis from 1997 to 2012. While a member of the Senate, she chaired the Public Safety Budget Division, State and Local Government, and Elections committees and served on the Capital Investment, Environment and Natural Resources, Finance, and Health and Human Services committees.

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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