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Health Care Career Paths and Long-Term-Care Settings Print E-mail


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Tuesday, February 20

6:00 p.m. - Pizza Buffet and Social         6:30 p.m. - Program


Brooklyn Park Library, Mississippi Room

8500 West Broadway Avenue, Brooklyn Park 55443


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In the past few years, the event MN's state demographers have been discussing for years, has arrived - the retirement of the large cohort born after World War II called the "Baby Boomers."  The aging of the baby boomers brings with it several big changes in MN's work force.  Those include a substantial decline in the work force, an increase in the need for health care, and substantial job opportunities including an especially large growth in the need for health care workers. This forum will center on these changes in both the health care work force and the people needing care.  


lyna nyamwayaLyna Nyamwaya - Registered Nurse, PHN, Doctor of Nursing Practice student


Lyna Nyamwaya is an Administrative Manager at North Memorial Hospital and President of the African Nurses Network.  Lyna will speak on the educational path one can take in nursing, how nursing education can be coordinated with occupational positions of increasing responsibility in nursing, and the characteristics of an outstanding nurse.  She will also discuss the current participation and future potential of immigrants and minorities in nursing and explain the purpose and activities of the African Nurses Network. 


sally schoephoesterSally Schoephoerster - Regional Ombudsman, Office of the Ombudsman for Long-Term Care, Minnesota Board on Aging. 

The Minnesota Board on Aging (MBA) administers the Older Americans Act. As one of its programs, the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program provides a regular presence in residential settings to work with consumers and staff to prevent problems, helps consumers resolve disputes informally with providers, provides education to enable consumers and caregivers to become self-advocates, and advocates for change at a policy level to address systemic problems.  The Office of Ombudsman serves consumers who receive long-term care services in nursing facilities, home and community-based settings such as housing with services (assisted living), and their own private homes.  Sally Schoephoerster is the Ombudsman for Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center, Crystal, Maple Grove, New Hope, Osseo, Robbinsdale, and other northern suburbs.  Sally will tell us about the work she does, about the most common problems with which people need help, and which care setting works best for people with different health problems.


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Resolutions Contribute to Your Party's Platform, Think Again Brooklyns Print E-mail


Honor Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. by

Presenting a Human Rights Resolution at Your Caucus


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6:00 p.m. - Pizza Buffet and Social         6:30 p.m. - Program


Brooklyn Park Library, Mississippi Room

8500 West Broadway Avenue, Brooklyn Park 55443


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At our upcoming forum on January 16, volunteers and staff working with nonprofit organizations will present resolutions that they would like you to consider presenting at your precinct caucus.  Attendees may speak briefly in favor of or against the resolution as happens at a caucus to give you an idea of how the process works.  Though the resolutions will be based on an organization or group's work, not all of them will have been endorsed by the board or members or by our forum partners.  Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity MN provides for all voters to influence the platforms of their parties.


Think Again MN is a nonpartisan organization.  We'd like to remind you that campaign literature, signs, clothing, or buttons are not allowed at our forums.  Thank you for remembering this requirement.


Topics of Resolutions, Organizations, and Speakers



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African Career, Education, and Resource Center

Nelima Sitati Munene - Executive Director


La Asamblea de Derechos Civiles

Sebastian Rivera - Community Organizer




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          Topic Not Finalized - Coming Soon


             Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy


                    Erin McKee - Program Director

                 IATP's Farm to Institution Program




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St. Alphonsus Social Justice Committee

Jannie Siebure - Committee Member



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Immigrants, Green Card Holders,

    and Immigrants with Deferred or Temporary Status


   Linda Freemon - Human Rights Committee, League of Women

           Voters/BPOMG VP, Think Again Brooklyns Volunteer



United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights 



Bring Your Own Resolution



If you have a resolution, you would like to try out, bring it along, and present it to a group of people.  Before you decide on presenting it, check to see if it is on your party's platform.


Enter your resolution on the MN Nonpartisan Resolution Form so it can be considered by any political party:


To present a resolution at your party's precinct caucus, you will need to use your party's resolution form:

MN 2018 Republican Resolution Form

MN 2018 DFL Resolution Form

You can print the resolution forms or save them in pdf format on your computer by clicking on the small printer symbol to the top right of the forms.  You can fill out the forms by hand.  It is also fine to tape a printed resolution and statements supporting the resolution onto the form.



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Participate in Shaping Your Government, Think Again Brooklyns Print E-mail


You Can Make a Big Difference in our Future Together!

Participate in Shaping Your Government



Tuesday, November 28

6:00 p.m. - Pizza Buffet and Social         6:30 p.m. - Program


Brooklyn Park City Council Chambers, 5200 85th Avenue N


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Your government will serve you best if you participate in choosing the candidates who will run for office at the city, state, and national levels and contribute to the platform that serves as a guideline for your political party.  The election process starts on February 6 when the caucuses will be meeting.  Think Again Brooklyns will not meet in December to leave your time free for the holidays.  Our November 28th forum will introduce you to ways you can participate in the election process.  Please invite people you know to attend the forum by copying this notice or by sharing the event on Facebook.  We need a lot of people to work together to get elected officials and public policy that will serve us well.


Think Again MN is a nonpartisan organization.  We'd like to remind you that campaign literature, signs, clothing, or buttons are not allowed at our forums.  Thank you for remembering this requirement.

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                          Moderator - Nausheena Hussain


       Executive Director, Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment



robert marvinMN's Political Organization and the Coming Sequence of Caucuses and Conventions - You don't have to attend all of the conventions, but participating in your precinct caucus and your senate district convention is essential for giving support to your preferred candidates and contributing to your party's platform.  Robert Marvin, currently the Secretary of the Senate District 40 Republican Party, will give you an overview of MN's political units and explain how the caucuses and conventions are related.    Robert Marvin is the Principal Electrical Engineer at R. J. Marvin and Associates.

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Supporting your Preferred Candidates - It starts with the caucuses and continues with the city and senate district conventions - Reva Chamblis, LWV/BPOMG member, has been a candidate for Brooklyn Park City Council, & served on the Human Rights Commission, Core Planning Team, & Safety Task Force.


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Developing the Party Platform - the importance of submitting Resolutions - Bonnie Jude. who has led  the Senate District 40 DFL team in choosing the Resolutions to be submitted for many elections, will explain how the team works and how Resolutions get to be part of your party's platform.


Robert Marvin, who has been a member of SD40, CD3, and CD5 GOP Resolution Committees and of the MN GOP State Platform Committee, will explain the process for the GOP Conventions.


 devin monteroAbsentee Voting and Serving as an Election Judge - changes in absentee voting, submitting your vote in person before election day, and the important contribution of election judges from diverse cultures - Devin Montero, Brooklyn Park City Clerk

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Candidate Forums - Getting to know the candidates, especially their views on issues important to you. - Kirsten Kjome, President, League of Women Voters Chapter serving Brooklyn Park, Osseo, Maple Grove, & Brooklyn Center




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Domestic Violence Awareness Month Print E-mail


Join Us for National Domestic Violence Awareness Month



2017 Theme


Domestic Violence




Sunday, October 29, 2017
Meeting 2:45 to 5 p.m.


Mississippi Room, Brooklyn Park Library
8500 Broadway Avenue N, Brooklyn Park, MN


Everyone is Welcome and Encouraged to Bring Family and Friends 




Distinguished Guests



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Keisha T. is the Cornerstone Criminal Justice Intervention Advocate.  Keisha will explore the services and resources that are available for victims of domestic violence and child abuse and prevention.


Rev. Emily Lagat is the Founder and President of INSPIRED PRAYER MINISTRY INTERNATIONAL, based in Minnesota, U.S.A.  She is famously known by her saying "Change Your Position."  Rev. Lagat will explore the impact of domestic violence in the community and give a personal testimony.


Mr. Samuel Mwange is the Global Fatherhood Foundation Executive Director and Fatherhood Advocate.  He will explain why men, especially in domestic violence crises, don't disclose and seek help.  He will demonstrate by showing a social experiment and public reaction.


Matt Rabe is the Brooklyn Park Community Engagement Police Officer.  Matt will discuss domestic violence from a police perspective, provide local data, and describe how police respond to reports and calls regarding domestic violence.



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MN Factory Farms Print E-mail


Factory Farms' Impact on MN's Water


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Welcome to the Breckenridge Chapter of the Izaak Walton League


Tuesday, October 24            7:30 p.m.


8816 West River Road, Brooklyn Park, MN


Everyone Welcome


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As factory farms take over more and more of the nation’s livestock production, pollution from the waste produced by the immense crush of animals has become a major threat to the environment.  According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a dairy farm with 2,500 cows  can generate as much waste as the people in a city the size of Miami.  Unlike human waste, which usually receives sophisticated treatment, animal waste commonly goes untreated. Rather, it typically is held in underground pits or vast manure lagoons, and then spread on cropland as fertilizer.  From the fields, the manure which often contains hormones, pathogens, and toxic metals — can run off and contaminate streams, rivers, and wells.





The chart above would look familiar to the people who attended our Think Again Brooklyns forum last month.  It shows a big increase in factory farms following the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1993, which provided government subsidies for industrial sized farms.  It made it impossible for millions of small Mexican farmers to earn enough to even cover their production costs and also drove hundreds of thousands of medium sized farms in the U.S. and Canada out of business.  This, however, is not the only result of factory farms.  High levels of pollution in Minnesota and Iowa rivers, lakes, and aquifers have followed.  Our speakers will suggest what steps we need to take to reduce the increased pollution.


 sonja trom eayrsSonja Trom Eayrs - Ms. Sonja Eayrs, a family lawyer and citizen activist, will speak to us about factory farms in southern Minnesota and Iowa. In her words below, she outlines some of the concerns regarding water in our state. “It’s no surprise that half of the lakes and streams in southern Minnesota are too polluted for recreational activities (“So. Minn. water crisis rises,” April 30, 2015).

"My parents, lifelong farmers in Dodge County in southeastern Minnesota, have been battling the county and a feedlot operator this past year in response to the installation of the eleventh hog building within a three-mile radius of our family farm. This single factory farm sits on just six acres of non-homesteaded bare land that lies at the headwaters of the Cedar River. Just half a mile from the Trom family farm that has been in our family for nearly 100 years, it will produce manure equivalent to a human population of more than 7,000 people.”


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               Long Time Iowa Hog Farmer
               Representative, Socially
              Responsible Agriculture Project
             Past President, Iowa Farmers Union
             Board Member, Iowa Center for
            Agriculture Health and Safety





Health, Food Quality, and Food Exports
Pollution, Manure Disposal, and Aquifer Pumping
Politics and Court Cases
Animal Abuse


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Improving Water Quality 25% by 2025 Print E-mail


25 by 25


A Town Hall Meeting of Residents in West Metro to Get

Their Ideas on Improving Water Quality 25% by 2025


Presented by


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8001 Main Street N, Maple Grove, MN


Monday, September 25

6:30 p.m. Social        7 - 8:30 p.m. - Program


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Welcome - Katie Rodriguez - Metropolitan Council Member, District 1

Discussion Leader - John Anderson, CMN West Metro Regional Manager



Water is a part of what makes Minnesota, well, Minnesota. Join us for a discussion of local water health and help us gather ideas on how to improve our waters.



From Governor Dayton:


In the land of 10,000 lakes, clean water should be a right, not a privilege. But the reality is that the quality of our lakes, rivers, streams, and groundwater is threatened from many sources all across our state. We are at a crucial moment – we can continue to let water quality become worse or we can work together to reverse the damage that has been done and prevent future water degradation. . . It will take all of us working together to protect our waters for ourselves and future generations.



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Creative Planning Makes our Communities Vibrant Healthy Places - Think Again Brooklyns Print E-mail


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Cities 2040 Comprehensive Plans


Building Strong Communities that Serve All Residents' Needs



Tuesday, October 17

6:00 p.m. - Pizza Buffet and Social               6:30 p.m. - Program



Brooklyn Park City Council Chambers

5200 85th Avenue North, Brooklyn Park, MN


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Cities 2040 Comprehensive Plans provide an opportunity to plan for communities that meet the needs of all residents in our cities and suburbs and develop a sense of place in our neighborhoods. At our our October Think Again Brooklyns forum, Denise Engen from Hennepin County will give us an introduction to planning, and two leaders in our immigrant communities, Sebastian Rivera from Asamblea and Ekta Prakash from CAPI, will provide examples of how their organizations are strenthening immigrant communities. Then you will get a chance to explore how to create vibrant healthy places in your neighborhood.


 Denise Engen, Hennepin County Community Works

Healthy Community Planning and 2040 Comprehensive Plans


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 Our health starts in the places where we live, learn, work and play – and the way we plan and design our communities plays a big role in our physical, emotional and financial health. Local planning is increasingly recognized as tool to strategically increase health and to reduce health disparities, which are differences in health that stem from the built and social environment. Planning and designing communities with health in mind can lead to improved community health, wellness, and quality of life for all residents. This thinking was put into action locally when a major effort was made to integrate health into planning for the areas around light rail transit stations on the extension of the METRO Blue Line (Bottineau) LRT. Denise Engen, from Hennepin County Community Works, will help us explore the links between community health and community planning – and the benefits of planning and designing communities with health in mind, specifically through the local comprehensive plan.


 sebastian riveraSebastian Rivera, La Asamblea de Derechos Civiles Community Organizer

Health Risks of a Latino Immigrant


Sebastian Rivera is a Community organizer for Asamblea de Derechos Civiles, a Latino faith based nonprofit organization, that has been organizing, empowering, and engaging immigrant and nonimmigrant communities in the northwest suburbs for the past two years. Asamblea focuses on issues of displacement, immigrant discrimination, and tenant abuse throughout the area, and works closely with community members, fellow nonprofits and elected officials to address those issues and to create a healthier and more proactive community.



Ekta Prakash, CAPI USA Executive Director

Immigrant Communities Focus on Healthy Planning


ekta prakashEkta Prakash is committed to empowering the community by utilizing a service model that promotes social justice and gender equity. Through this model, her goal is to incorporate under represented communities’ political influence and civic engagement into CAPI programs. Her past experience includes participating in two fellowship programs: the National Gender Equity Campaign through Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) and the Leadership and Advocacy Institute to Advance MN’s Parity for Priority Populations.


Ekta led CAPI's agency-wide organizational transformation that has resulted in increased financial efficiencies, stability, infrastructure improvements, and leadership development. Her efforts have led to recognitions to her organization including the Home Grown Hero award for growing community gardens in the Minneapolis and the NW suburbs, and the Act of Kindness award for expansion and bringing fresh produce to the NW suburbs.  Ekta holds a MA in Sociology from Delhi School of Economics, and a Masters in Nonprofit and Public Administration from Metropolitan State University.



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The Case for Single Payer Health Care - Think Again Brooklyns Print E-mail


A Physician's Perspective


Richard R. Wilson, MD



Tuesday, July 18

6 p.m. - Pizza Buffet and Social               6:30 p.m. - Program
Brooklyn Park City Council Chambers

5200 85th Avenue N


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richard r. wilson mdThe purpose of the July 18th program is to discuss a single payer health care plan for the USA, an approach that continues to be the choice of most industrialized and economically developed countries. The goal of single payer health plans is to provide affordable, accessible, equitable and high-quality universal health care.


     Please come prepared to be a part of our conversation.


     Dr. Wilson looks forward to learning from and with you.


Rich Wilson is a physician who has been in private group medical practice and has developed medical therapies, including pharmaceuticals and medical devices. He is also an author, inventor, teacher and active listener.



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Distribution of Health Care Insurance in the U.S. Print E-mail


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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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