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Immigrants' Contributions to MN's Economy - Think Again Brooklyns Print E-mail

 

As MN's Population Grows Older

Immigrants Contribute to MN's Business Success

 

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Youth Present Business Plans at Neighborhood Development Center

 

Wednesday, September 26                 10 a.m. to Noon


Banquet Room, Maple Grove Community Center, 12951 Weaver Lake Road, Maple Grove MN

 

RSVP on Facebook: https://bit.ly/2sUbfiC or to Carol Woehrer, 763-607-4287

 

You and your friends will enjoy this forum with two speakers who celebrate the contributions of immigrants' to MN's economy. The event Minnesota'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,"  which brings with it several big changes in Minnesota's work force. Both speakers will include references to MN's changing demographics which are causing a decline in MN's labor force and a need for additional services, especially in health care, while providing career opportunities for MN's new immigrants.

 

bill blazarAn Overview of Immigrants' Contributions - Bill Blazar
Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Business Development
Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
Leader, Minnesota Business Immigration Coalition

 

Bill Blazar is a past member and chair of the board of the Government Relations Council. He has also served in a leadership capacity for Minnesota's P16 Education Partnership, the Minnesota Health Data Institute, and the Citizens League. Bill Blazar will speak on Immigrants' Contributions to Minnesota, their importance to Minnesota's economy, and ways to assure their success through education and good jobs.

 

lyna nyamwayaImmigrants' Important Role in Health Care - Lyna Nyamwaya
RN, PHN, Administrative Manager, North Memorial Health
Doctor of Nursing Practice Student

 

Lyna Nyamwaya is Founder and President of the African Nurses Network, Inc., a nonprofit organization which aims to make nurses of color visible by creating and providing opportunities for underserved populations. Ms. Nyamwaya will speak on immigrants' extensive participation in health care from working in beginning positions serving as nursing assistants to providing highly specialized care as physicians.

                             
                     

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Osseo District 279 School Board Candidates



Thursday, October 4             7 to 9 p.m.

St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church
7180 Hemlock Lane N, Maple Grove, MN 55369
(Just south of Highway 694)


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The Osseo School district is one of the most racially diverse districts in the state. It is also a district where the equity gap between white students and students of color persists when it comes to academic achievement and school suspensions.
Osseo has a key opportunity to close these gaps and lead the state in terms of educating a diverse student body. But we need our leaders to make it happen!


Join Us!

We will share what we need from our school board and learn about our candidates as we ask them to share their vision for creating equity and fostering an environment where all children can thrive and reach their full potential

 

Elect 3 Osseo School Board Members, District 279 - Brigitte Alexander, Heidi R. Clayman, Jessica Craig, Kelsey Dawson Walton, David Dostal, Sizi G. Goyah, Dan Hobot, Miamon Queeglay, Cindy Shevlin-Woodcock, Tanya Simons

Special Election - James E. Burgett and Jackie Mosqueda-Jones
     

Child care available by registering with Roxanne Smith at 763-400-7208 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Sponsors:  St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, ACER, Think Again MN, The NW Suburbs Community and Labor Coalition

 

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2018 Candidate Forums Print E-mail

 

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Doors will open one-half hour before the forums.  Enjoy talking with others before the forum.  The forums are nonpartisan.  Campaign buttons, Campaign clothing, signs, and literature are not allowed in the forum room.  Tables will be provided outside the forum room for candidates' campaign literature.

 

We expect that CCX will provide live viewing on Channel 16 in the originating city, with cablecast replays available on Channel 12.  Other video and audio taping and photography are not allowed during the forum.  Thank you for adhering to these requirements.

 

 

 

Brooklyn Center

 

Tuesday, September 11

Brooklyn Center City Hall

6301 Shingle Creek Parkway

 

6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

 

Mayor - Tim Willson and Mike Elliott

 

City Council - Elect 2 - Alois Bilek, Don Bumgarner, April Graves, Dan Ryan

 

7:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.

 

Brooklyn Center, #286 School Board

 

Elect 2 School Board Members - John J. Bartee III, Cheryl JeChorek, John W. Solomon, and Benjamin Woksonsommers

 

 

Brooklyn Park

 

Thursday, September 13
Brooklyn Park City Council Chambers
5200 85th Avenue N

 

6:30 to 8 p.m.

Mayor - Jeffrey Lunde and Hollies Winston

 

City Council Candidates - 1 for each district

West - Bob Mata and Wynfred Russell

Central - Tonya West-Hafner, Christian Eriksen
East - Marta Yakoleva and Terry Parks



8:15 to 9:15 p.m.

House District 40B Representative - Robert Marvin (R) and Samantha Vang (DFL)



Maple Grove

 

Wednesday, September 19

Maple Grove City Hall

12800 Arbor Lakes Pkwy N

Maple Grove, MN 55369

 

6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

 

Mayor - Mark Steffenson, P. J. Agness

 

City Council Members - Elect 2 - Corinna Jayasuriya, Phil Leith, Karen I. Jaeger, Ray Emry

 

 

 

Maple Grove

 

Wednesday, September 26

Maple Grove City Hall

12800 Arbor Lakes Pkwy N

Maple Grove, MN 55369

 

6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

 

State 34A Representative - Kristin Robbins (R) and Dan Salon (DFL)

 

State 34B Representative - Kristin Bahner (DFL) and Dennis Smith (R)

 

7:45 to 8:30 p.m.

 

Hennepin County Sheriff - Dave Hutchinson (DFL) and Rich Stanek (R)

 

 

 

Governor Candidate Town Hall on Education

 

Saturday, September 29          5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Patrick Henry High School, Large Gym

4320 N Newton Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55412

 

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Join us for this bipartisan candidate townhall on education justice. How do our candidates stack up on important issues facing students and schools? Come participate in this important conversation.

Childcare, interpreters, and accessibility services provided by request.

 

Sponsored by a Community Coalition dedicated to education justice centered on racial equity

 

Please RSVP at Eventbrite

 

Osseo

 

Wednesday October 3

Osseo City Hall, 415 Central Avenue

 

6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

 

Mayor - Duane Poppe and Larry Stelmach

 

City Council - Elect 2 - Juliana Hultstrom, Richard T. Weber, and Sloan Walgren

 

 

7:45 to 8:30 p.m.

 

State 34B Representative - Kristin Bahner (DFL) and Dennis Smith (R)




Osseo District 279 School Board Candidates


Thursday, October 4             7 to 9 p.m.

St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church
7180 Hemlock Lane N, Maple Grove, MN 55369
(Just south of Highway 694)

 

 

Elect 3 Osseo School Board Members, District 279 - Brigitte Alexander, Heidi R. Clayman, Jessica Craig, Kelsey Dawson Walton, David Dostal, Sizi G. Goyah, Dan Hobot, Miamon Queeglay, Cindy Shevlin-Woodcock, Tanya Simons

Special Election - James E. Burgett and Jackie Mosqueda-Jones

 

Sponsors:  St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, ACER, Think Again MN, The NW Suburbs Community and Labor Coalition

 

 

  

MN Supreme Court Candidate Forum

 

Thursday, October 4           6:30 to 8 p.m.

Golden Valley City Hall, 7800 Golden Valley Rd

 

Chief Justice - Lorie Gildea (Incumbent)
Seat 1 - Barry Anderson (Incumbent)

Seat 2 - Margaret Chutich (Incumbent) Michelle L. MacDonald (Nonpartisan)

Seat 5 - Anne K. McKeig (Incumbent)

Sponsor: the Crystal, New Hope, and East Plymouth League of Women Voters

 

 


Robbinsdale, District 281

School Board Candidate Forum


Tuesday, October 9 - 7 p.m.

Education Service Center

4148 Winnetka Avenue N, New Hope, MN

 

Elect 4 Robbinsdale School Board Members - David Boone, Michael Irving Greene,
Michael J. Herring, Pamela (Pam) Lindberg, Samir (Sam) Lint

 

 

Brooklyn Center

 

Wednesday, October 10 6:30 to 7:15 p.m.

Brooklyn Center City Hall

6301 Shingle Creek Parkway

 

House District 40B Representative - Robert Marvin (R) and Samantha Vang (DFL)

 


 

Brooklyn Park

 

Wednesday, October 17
Brooklyn Park City Hall

5200 85th Avenue N

 

6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

 

House District 40A - Mike Nelson (DFL) and David True (R)


7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

 

Osseo, District 279 School Board Candidates

 

Elect 3 Osseo School Board Members, District 279 - Brigitte Alexander, Heidi R. Clayman, Jessica Craig, Kelsey Dawson Walton, David Dostal, Sizi G. Goyah, Dan Hobot, Miamon Queeglay, Cindy Shevlin-Woodcock, Tanya Simons

 

Special Election - James E. Burgett and Jackie Mosqueda-Jones

 

 

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2018 Candidate Forums Link Print E-mail

 

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2018 Candidate Forums Link

 


Our local League of Women Voters and Chamber of Commerce are presenting forums for the following candidates:  Mayor and City Council for Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Osseo, and Maple Grove:  MN Senators and Representatives for Senate Districts 34, 36, and 40; School Board Candidates for Brooklyn Center, District 286 and Osseo, District 279; Congressional District 3; and Hennepin County Sheriff.  Other groups including nearby chapters of the League of Women Voters are presenting forums for Robbinsdale, School District 281, Supreme Court Judges, and the Gubernatorial Candidates.   Click here for the details on location, date, time, and candidates.

 

 

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The 2020 Census with Susan Brower Print E-mail

 

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Changing Demographics and the Importance of the Census

 


Tuesday, September 18            

6 p.m. - Free Pizza and Salad Buffet          6:30 p.m. - Program

Brooklyn Park City Council Chambers, 5200 85th Avenue N

 

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angel smith 2  Moderator - Angel Smith

    City of Brooklyn Center

Communications Coordinator

 



Susan Brower - State Demographer
- A recent Star Tribune article highlighted what’s at stake and how Minnesotans are preparing for
the 2020 Census. Susan Brower’s office of demographic experts helps lead Minnesota’s effort to ensure everyone is counted. She’ll talk about the state’s changing demographics, the importance of the census, and why at least one proposed census question is controversial.


susan browerSusan Brower has directed the MN State Demographic Center since February 2012. In that capacity, she travels the state to talk with Minnesotans about the new social and economic realities that are brought about by recent demographic shifts. Susan's work applies an understanding of demographic trends to changes in a range of areas including the state's economy and workforce, education, health, immigration and rural population changes.


Susan joined the State Demographic Center after working as a researcher on the Minnesota Compass project at Wilder Research in St. Paul. Prior to that, she worked at the Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan.  Susan earned her Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Michigan, specializing in demography and family sociology. She also holds a master's degree in public policy from Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.

 

Ellisa Johnson, 2020 Census Partnership Coordinator for the Chicago Region, will explain the 2020 Census Planning Process, employment opportunities related to the Census, the impact the Census can have on Minnesota, and why it is important for everyone to participate in the Census.
 
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Denise Butler, Program Coordinator, African Career, Education, & Resources will describe how young people can prepare to participate in Census activities
 

You will have an opportunity for questions and discussion after the presentations.

 

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The Me Too Movement - Think Again Brooklyns Print E-mail

 

 
How Is the Me Too Movement Influencing Public Policy?



Tuesday, July 17

6:00 p.m. - Free 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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Moderator - Asma Mohammed, Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment

 

 

Speakers


 

melissa hortmanjoycepeppinMelissa Hortman - House Republican Majority Leader Joyce Peppin (left) proposed adding a single new line to the Minnesota Human Rights Act’s definition of sexual harassment: “An intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment does not require the harassing conduct or communication to be severe or pervasive.”  DFL Minority Leader Melissa Hortman in the House and Senator Karin Housley, R-St. Mary’s Point, in the Senate introduced identical bills with her statement.  Representative Hortman will discuss the outcome of the legislation and how it will effect the legislature, state government, and employment.

 

Sergeant Robert Roushar and Detective Andrew Bromen will cover the standard procedures the police department uses for handling sexual abuse cases.  They will explain how the police department deals with victims of sexual violence, how someone gets charged and convicted, what are some of the barriers in these cases, and the difference between sexual harrassment and sexual abuse.  Andrew Broman will present a PowerPoint.  

 

Keisha T.  will present a PowerPoint that covers Cornerstone's process and resources available to victims of sexual violence.  Cornerstone partners with the Brooklyn Park Police Department to provide comprehensive services and support for adults and children in Brooklyn Park who have been impacted by domestic violence, sexual violence and/or human trafficking.

 

 

leslie lienemannLeslie L. Lienemann, a partner at Culberth & Lienemann, LLP, has devoted her entire career to representing working people in employment and civil rights cases including harassment, discrimination, retaliation, whistleblowing, employment contracts, defamation, wage claims, school bullying and police excessive force. Ms. Lienemann is a frequent speaker at local, regional, and national legal seminars on topics relating to employment law.  She has been active in present and past leadership roles in the Employee Lawyers Association of the Upper Midwest, the Minnesota Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association and 8th Circuit NELA.  As part of the MN NELA Amicus Committee, Ms. Lienemann  co-authored more than a dozen amicus briefs submitted to the Minnesota Court of Appeals and Minnesota Supreme Court covering a variety of important employment law questions.   Minnesota Law & Politics magazine named her to the Rising Stars list in 1998 and since then to the annual Super Lawyers.

 

 

Thank you to the organizers of the July forum:  Linda Freemon and Florkime Paye

 

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How Art Impacts a Community's Culture and Economy - Think Again Brooklyns Print E-mail

 

 

 

Placemaking Art, Music, and Spoken Word Coming Soon to


Station Areas along the Blue Line Extension LRT

 

 

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Tuesday, June 19

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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Everyone is Welcome

 

 

Moderator - Meena Mangalvedhekar

 

meena mangalvedhekarMeena Mangalvedhekar is an artist, photographer, and video producer who works in public art.  She began studying art as a teen ager in India and continued to earn a B.F.A. from the University of Minnesota.  Meena has been active in group shows and public art projects in the U.S. and India.  Through large installations, digital drawings, and placemaking experiments she strives to connect community and place.

 

 

Speaker - Dr. Brenda Kayzar - Collaborative Strategist, Urbane DrK Consulting
and Professor of Urban Geography, University of Minnesota

 

 

brenda kayzar 2Dr. Kayzar is the Collaborative Strategist and Owner of Urbane DrK Consulting where she provides strategic planning, research, and advocacy leadership support to government and nonprofit organizations. She applies a hybrid of experience from academia, business, and nonprofit leadership toward shaping better outcomes for communities, arts organizations, and creative workers. She’s authored works in academic and local presses about the economic, political, and social contexts of urban change, revitalization policy, the creative placemaking paradigm and its gentrification and development impacts to lower-income neighborhoods, communities of color, and the creative sector.

 

Brenda Kayzar has also served on numerous civic committees and working groups, and community and nonprofit boards such as the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA) and the Arts and Culturalnemadsign-2-optimized Leadership Program at University of Minnesota. As an urban geographer, she is keenly interested in how communities are engaged in development planning, seeking ways to ensure inclusion, and equitable outcomes in housing and service provision. Her research, civic, and community service, and role as president of the board of NEMAA developed her deep understanding of the role arts play in elevating overlooked narratives and fostering dialog and community cohesion.


Dr. Kayzar will speak on the Impact of Art on Developing Communities and Local Economies and address issues such as maintaining affordable housing in the midst of growth.

 

 

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Share Your Ideas for Biking and Walking to LRT Stations Print E-mail

 

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Any of the Bottineau Line Light Rail Stations

 

 

Hennepin County Transit leaders would like the suggestions of Brooklyn Park residents who bike or walk near the areas where the Bottineau Extention of the Blue Line Light Rail will stop.  Attendees who attended the March Think Again Brooklyns forum shared their suggestions for biking and walking routes to LRT Stations and you can too.  If you are a biker or walker near any of the future LRT stops, you are likely to have insight into how access to a station can be improved for bikers or walkers. 

 

Before you begin, let me ask you, have you ever seen a bike path along a busy street that rarely has a biker?  Let me give you an example.  When we go to doctors' appointments in Abbott Northwestern Hospital or the Phillips Eye Clinic, we park on Portland or Park Avenues.  I'm usually careful to check if there is a bicyclist coming along the bike path right next to the parked cars, but I have never seen a bicyclist on either of the avenues.  Why is that?  Jay Wallsjasper, who has bicycled in cities across the U.S. has answered that in an excellent short article.

 

 

"Bike Breakthrough: Connecting neighborhoods with low-stress routes"

 

 

Jay Walljasper, November 9, 2017

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Jay emphasizes that bike routes need to be safe, and if they aren’t, people won’t use them.  Most bikers know that they might not fare so well if someone knocks them over by opening their car door on their right when traffic is going by to their left.  Jay includes photos that show how the bike lane should be separated from traffic by a barrier and gives suggestions for making intersections safer for bikers.  Read his short article that will give you insight and inspiration for your suggestions and will remind you of the joys of biking around town.

 


 

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Immigrant Contributions to MN's Economy Print E-mail

 

 

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Immigrants - An Important Source of MN's Business Success



Tuesday, April 17

6:00 p.m. - Free 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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An Overview - Bill Blazar

 

Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Business Development

 

Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
Leader, Minnesota Business Immigration Coalition

 

 

bill blazarBill Blazar is a past member and chair of the board of the Minnesota Government Relations Council. He has also served in a leadership capacity for Minnesota's P16 Education Partnership, the Minnesota Health Data Institute, and the Citizens League.

 

Bill Blazar will speak on Immigrants’ Contributions to Minnesota, their importance to Minnesota’s economy, and ways to assure their success through education and good jobs.  The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and the Minnesota Business Immigration Coalition have researched the role of immigrants in MN's economy together with Dr. Bruce Corrie, Associate Vice President of University Relations and International Programs at Concordia University.

 

 

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The Immigrant Local "Farm to Fork" Economic Model 

 

Rodrigo Cala

 

Trainer for the Latino Economic Development Center

President of the Shared Ground Farmers' Cooperative Board

 

With Minnesota's increasing pollution of our lakes, streams, and acquifers, increasing greenhouse gas emissions, and increasing health problems for farm families, Think Again MN decided to cover the exciting development of a new local model called in short "Farm to Fork."  It involves producing healthy food for Minnesotans and using cooperatives to market farm products.  Latino and Hmong farmers are leading the development of this new economic model. 

 

An organic farmer, Rodrigo Cala will explain what led him to come to MN and how he got involved in farming.  He will describe the farming skills required, marketing products, how immigrants work toward the goal of owning their own farm, upcoming opportunities in farming, and how organic farm cooperatives benefit MN.

 

 

 

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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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