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The Benefits of Higher Wages

Affordable Housing, and Transit

 

Tuesday, June 20    
6 p.m. - Free Surprise Supper and Social               6:30 p.m. - Program
 
Brooklyn Park Council Chambers, 5200 85th Avenue N

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         Hollies Winston

 



I.  Building a Movement:  Raising Wages and Improving Working Conditions
 
Rena Wong - Organizing Director - United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Local 653
 

Rena Wong is originally from California – and is a Chinese American by way of Mexico. Her dad was a restaurant worker and her mom a domestic worker. They performed hard, low wage work without health insurance, retirement savings, or other benefits. She was a student on scholarship at UCLA when the Justice for Janitors strike took place in Los Angeles in 2000. That successful fight for a dignified living wage by low wage workers inspired Rena to join the labor movement. 

After graduating from UCLA in 2001, Rena started with AFSCME in San Francisco, helping to rebuild a Local over two years and preparing members for a contract fight. She joined SEIU in 2004 after moving to Minnesota and was part of the Property Services Division, organizing thousands of subcontracted food, laundry, and janitorial workers like those that first inspired her.

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Ginger Jentzen - Recent Executive Director of 15 NOW

 

Ginger Jentzen is interested in building movements with working people for social, racial, and economic justice. She fought alongside low wage workers for $15 an hour in Minneapolis.   After years of protests, strikes, and community organizing across the city, 71,000 workers are on the verge of winning a historic victory: a $15/hour minimum wage in Minneapolis, which will take place in incremental steps.  A public hearing will take place on June 22, and the bill is expected to pass at the end of this month.

 

veronica mendez moore Veronica Mendez Moore  - Co-Director of Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha (CTUL) - Center of Workers United in Struggle. 

 

Veronica Mendez Moore recently led a campaign to improve conditions for janitors at Target, Macy’s and other retailers.  Through worker-driven campaigns, CTUL is opening the space for low wage workers to have a voice in shaping their workplaces, communities, and politics.  Through CTUL, workers from many different low-wage industries participate in workplace rights trainings

 

 

II.  The Relationship between Wages and Affordable Housing

 

Nelima Sitati Munene is a community strategist, curator and connector. She uses both data driven stories as well as narratives that are shaped by the lived experiences of people to come up with successful community and organizational building strategies. She is also a passionate written and oral communicator who works with people and organizations to craft clear messages that can effectively communicate their work. Nelima has over 16 years’ experience working in community engagement and development. Most of her work is centered on regional and urban planning and redevelopment. She also serves on various regional planning commissions and boards in the Twin Cities and as the Executive Director of the African Career, Education and Resource, Inc.

 

 

III.  How Public Transit Impacts Employment

 

jessica-treat-jan2016Jessica Treat, Executive Director of Twin Cities Transit for Livable Communities, will be our final speaker for the evening. Jessica Treat joined Transit for Livable Communities in January 2016 as the Executive Director. As an established leader in transportation advocacy in the Twin Cities, she brings a collaborative approach and significant experience with multimodal options and community engagement. Prior to her work at Transit for Livable Communities, she served as the founding Executive Director of St. Paul Smart Trips for eight years. Under her leadership, the organization developed a local and national reputation for their innovative approach to travel demand management (TDM).

Jessica earned her master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her B.S.E. in Civil Engineering from Arizona State University. She lives car-free with her family in Saint Paul and values the everyday adventures and personal interactions that car-free commuting provides.

 

A Question and Answer session will follow the presentations.

 

Thank you to our Partners

 

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The Beginnings, Rapid Progress, and Next Big Strides in MN Clean Energy Print E-mail

 

 

A Broad Overview of Clean Energy in MN

With J. Drake Hamilton, Science Policy Director at Fresh Energy

 

 

j. drake hamiltonJ. Drake Hamilton, Science Policy Director at Fresh Energy, gave a review of MN's beginning legislation and rapid progress in developing clean energy to already almost reach goals set for 2025.   At the NW Climate Action forum on May 25th at the Maple Grove Library, J. also gave a preview of the coming energy revolution involving the electrification of transportation, industry, and heating.  If you missed this excellent forum, be sure to get a preview of the coming energy revolution by taking a look at Carol Woehrer's notes capturing the main points of J. Hamilton's presentation.

 

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Equity in the Cities Print E-mail

 

Photos by Wayne Doe - Feeling inspired at Think Again Brooklyns Forum "Equity in the Cities" with presenters Wokie Freeman - Assistant City Manager, City of Brooklyn Park and Joy Marsh Stephens - Equity and Inclusion Manager, City of Minneapolis at the City of Brooklyn Park City Council Chambers on May 16, 2017.

 

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Employment, Policies, and Programs

 

 

Tuesday, May 16           6 p.m. - Free Pizza Buffet and Social           6:30 p.m. - Program

Brooklyn Park Council Chambers, 5200 85th Avenue N

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Facing a strong demand to rectify disparities, Minneapolis and Brooklyn Park became two of the early MN cities to work on reducing racial disparities. For Mpls, having staff members devoted full time to advancing racial equity was new so there was not a lot of precedent for what an equity and inclusion manager does. Equity leaders have forged ahead to create ways to increase equity.  Staff, volunteers, and residents in suburban cities are invited to celebrate their journey toward equity at the May Think Again Brooklyns forum by sharing the ways their own cities and organizations are increasing equity.

 

 

 

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Joy Marsh Stephens is an Equity and Inclusion Manager in the Minneapolis City Coordinator's Office. She will speak on the varied responsibilities of her position which involves working with city departments to tie their goals to racial equity outcomes, aligning racial equity work through the city's engagement design team, program evaluation, and working hand in hand with the community to advance racial equity. The most exciting work that Joy and her team will be leading in the years ahead is the 5 year federal grant the city was awarded to work alongside communities to address their capacity to be resilient in the face of stress and trauma. 

 

 

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Wokie Freeman is Brooklyn Park's Assistant City Manager. Her wide ranging responsibilities including assisting with the day-to-day operations of the City, Community Engagement, Communications, Human Resources, and special projects allow for multiple ways to promote equity.  Brooklyn Park is the sixth largest city in Minnesota with more than 80,000 residents, 52% of whom are people of color.  400+ employees serve the people of Brooklyn Park. Wokie will explain how Brooklyn Park includes equity principles and policies in its departments, activities, and employment practices.

 

 

 

A Question and Answer session will follow the presentations.

 

 

 

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Solar Energy Takes off in Brooklyn Park

 

 

Tuesday, April 18 6 p.m. - Free Pizza Buffet and Social 6:30 p.m. - Program

Brooklyn Park Council Chambers, 5200 85th Avenue N

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muhammud jiwa                     Moderator: Muhammad Jiwa

 

       Outreach Coordinator, Interfaith Power and Light

 

 

 

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Dan Ruiz, Brooklyn Park's Operations and Maintenance Manager, will tell us about the city's big venture into solar energy. He will describe which buildings were chosen for solar panels, how the solar panels will be financed, and how much money the city expects to save on its electricity costs.

 

 

Everyone Saves with Community Solar Gardens

 

timothy denherder-thomas lightTimothy Den-Herder Thomas, Manager of Cooperative Energy Futures (CEF), will explain how home owners, apartment dwellers, businesses, and faith-based organizations can save money on their electric bill by participating in a community solar garden. CEF is an energy efficiency and community-owned clean energy cooperative serving members across Minnesota.  The CEF mission is to keep costs low, create jobs for those who need them most, and ensure community ownership and control. CEF works with Interfaith Power and Light and with developers that hire people of color as installers.

 

 

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 Brandon Charboneau, Solar Power Consultant at All Energy Solar, will explain for which homes rooftop solar works best, tell us about the rebates available for solar installations, and describe the ongoing monitoring All Energy Solar provides for its customers after installation.  His Brooklyn Park customer Linda Freemon will tell us how solar panels worked out for her and about the savings she has had on her electric bill since going solar.

 

 


Inclusive Solar and How Solar Can Employ Everyone

 

zam zam musseZam Zam Musse, an Independent Renewable Energy and Sustainability Consultant, works with Cooperative Energy Futures and MN Interfaith Power and Light.  She will speak on the big opportunity solar energy offers to women and people of color. She will tell us about the free training available for people who'd like to get started in a solar energy career. Few women and people of color currently work in the solar industry.  Zam Zam's passion is to change that.  She worked previously for the California Public Utilities Commission and Chevron Energy Group.

 

 

A Question and Answer session will follow the presentations.

 

 

 

Thank you to our Partners

 

 

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How Will ICE's Strict Enforcement of Immigration

Laws Affect Immigrants and Refugees?

 

 

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Tuesday, March 21               6 p.m. - Social and Pizza Buffet               6:30 p.m. - Forum

 

Brooklyn Park City Council Chambers - 5200 85th Avenue N

 

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Get your questions answered on how President Trump's immigration policies will affect immigrants and refugees.  Brooklyn Park Police Chief Craig Enevoldsen will explain local police departments' roles in relation to the new policies.  Immigrant lawyers Mai Neng Moua and Kwao Amegashie will explain immigrants' rights, what needs to be prepared ahead, who is safe and who is vulnerable, what to expect and how to prepare for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) visa expiration, and the current status of Deferred Action Childhood Arrival (DACA) and parents of children who are citizens.

 

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Moderator - Christina Chen, T.R.U.T.H. Academy

Formerly Civic Engagement Coordinator at CAPI

 

 

Brooklyn Park Police Chief - Craig Enevoldsen

 

enevoldsenCraig Enevoldsen started his career with the Brooklyn Park Police Department in 1991. He has served in a number of capacities including School Resource Officer, Detective, Crisis Negotiator, Patrol Sergeant and Captain of uniformed patrol.  As the Patrol Captain, he oversaw all of the day-to-day operations of uniformed patrol and oversaw several departmental projects.  He was promoted to Deputy Chief in 2010 and to Police Chief in December of 2014.  Chief Enevoldsen is a 2005 graduate of Northwestern University Police Staff and Command School and a 2014 graduate of the University of Virginia Senior Executive Institute.

 

 

 

Brooklyn Center Police Chief - Tim Gannon



tim gannonTim Gannon first entered civilian law enforcement after serving in the First Gulf War in the early 1990s as a U.S. marine. Following his graduation at Mankato State University, Gannon joined the Brooklyn Center Police Department in August 1994 as a patrol officer  After nine years, he was promoted to sergeant and then
commander where he served in all of the department's divisions. He was promoted to Chief of Police in 2015.  Chief Gannon has continued retired Chief Kevin Benner's work with youth and multicultural outreach.

 


 

Attorney at Law Mai Neng Moua

 

mai neng mouaMai Neng Moua is responsible for immigration cases including naturalization with and without a medical waiver, family and employment based immigration petition, asylum, waiver of inadmissibility, and removal defense at Mai N. Moua Law Office.  She also oversees personal injury cases, including no fault and bodily injury claims, arbitration, and mediation.  

Mai Neng Moua currently serves as the Immediate Past Chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) – Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter; Board of Director of Hmong American Education Fund and Hmong American Bar Association; and Advisor of Teach to Change.

 

 

Attorney at Law Kwao Amegashie

 

kwao amegashieKwao Amegashie started his own practice to be effective in helping individuals and companies deal with immigration issues. He founded Amegashie Law Office, Ltd. in 1996.  Since then, he has represented numerous high-profile clients before the USCIS, the Immigration and Federal Courts. Amegashie Law Office, Ltd. has allowed him to fully realize his passion for helping individuals and companies at all levels of representation and litigation.

 

Kwao Amegashie is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA), Hennepin County Bar Association, etc.  Kwao Amegashie practices before the following Federal Courts: Fourth, Eighth, Ninth & Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

 

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Vengan y reciban respuestas a sus preguntas sobre los efectos de las pólizas del Presidente Trump para los inmigrantes y refugiados. El Jefe de policía de Brooklyn Park Craig Enevoldsen explicará cómo definirá el departamento de policía su papel relacionado con la aplicación ampliada de ICE. Abogados de inmigración Mai Neng Moua y Kwao Amegashie explicarán de los derechos de los inmigrantes, como preparar, quien es seguro y quien vulnerable y que esperar. Además, tocarán las situaciones especiales incluso como preparar para el vencimiento de las visas Temporary Protected Status (TPS) y Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) y el estatus actual de Deferred Action Childhood Arrival (DACA) y los padres de hijos ciudadanos.

 

 

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Jefe de Policía de Brooklyn Park- Craig Enevoldsen

 

Craig Enevoldsen empezó su carrera con el Departamento de policía de Brooklyn Park en 1991. Ha servido en varias capacidades incluso Oficial de recursos escolares, Detective, Negociador de crisis, Sargento de patrulla, y Capitán de la patrulla uniformada. Lo ascendieron al rango a Vicejefe en 2010 y al Jefe durante diciembre 2014.

 

 

 

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Abogada Mai Neng Moua

 

Mai Neng Moua se responsabiliza para los casos de inmigración en el despacho legal Mai N. Moua. Estos incluyen l

naturalización con y sin extensión, petición familiar y de empleo, asilo, extensión de no admisible, y defensa de la deportación.  Ella era la Presidenta de la Asociación de abogados de inmigración estadounidense (AILA) –MN/

Dakotas y ha servido en los Consejos del fondo educativo Hmong-Americano y la Asociación de abogados Hmong-Americanos.

 

 

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Abogado Kwao Amegashie

 

Kwao Amegashie se fundó la Oficina Legal Amegashie, Ltd. en 1996 para ayudar a los individuos y compañías manejar los asuntos migratorios. Desde entonces, ha representado varios clientes de alta vista ante la USCIS, Cortes de Inmigración y federales. Kwao Amegashie es un miembro de la Asociación de abogados de inmigración estadounidense (AILA), la Asociación de abogados de MN (MSBA), y la Asociación de abogados del Condado Hennepin.


 

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Patronizado por la Ciudad de Brooklyn Park, la Comisión de derechos humanos de Brooklyn Park, la sección de LWV que sirve a Brooklyn Park, Osseo, Maple Grove, y Brooklyn Center; y Navegantes de diversidad

 

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NW Business and Employment Opportunity Fair Print E-mail

 

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - Please RSVP on Eventbrite: http://bit.ly/2gShQoD

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5 p.m. - Business and Employment Tables

 

We have invited people from nonprofit and and government organizations to speak and have tables at the fair that:  1) have job opportunities; 2) assist new and expanding small businesses with training, services, and loans;  and 3) help unemployed people and low wage earners by providing training programs, assistance with finding livable wage jobs with career potential, and coaching people starting new positions.  

 

See the list of outstanding organizations that will have tables.

 

6 p.m. - Light Supper and Social             6:30 p.m. - Program

 

North Hennepin Community College, Center for Business and Technology

Grand Hall (Room 195) - 7411 85th Avenue N, Brooklyn Park - Campus Map

 

 

 

"Last Place Isn't the Right Place for a Winner"

 

 

Join us for a discussion of how nonprofits are working to revitalize neighborhoods.  The forum will begin with an overview of the worst in the nation income disparities immigrants and people of color face in Minnesota.  We will then hear from the City of Brooklyn Park and three nonprofit organizations on their approaches to helping people get on a path to financially rewarding employment in their chosen field. 

Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center are suburbs which lead the state in the percent of residents who are immigrants and people of color.  We would like our suburbs to also lead the state in reducing the education and income disparities between racial and ethnic groups in our suburbs.  The Brooklyns have a big job to do, and we need everybody’s help.  Join us at the “NW Business and Employment Opportunity Fair” so you will discover the organizations whose mission it is to help our lowest income residents have a brighter future.  That way when you meet people who can benefit from their services, including low income white residents, you can tell the people about the organizations that can help them.  Services of the organizations featured at the forum are located in low income areas where they can give new life to neighborhoods and help all Twin Cities’ low income residents create a better life for themselves and their families.

 

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Welcome - Curt Boganey, Brooklyn Center City Manager

 

 

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Sam Grant, Executive Director of Everybody In, will give us an overview of MN's low ranking when it comes to racial disparity in employment. He will explain why this is a problem, not only for minorities, but also for the state as a whole. He'll also tell us about Everybody In's role as a clearinghouse for data, insights, and best practices.
  

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Business Development in Brooklyn Park

 

Adeel Ahmed, Brooklyn Park's Business Development Coordinator, will present an overview of the ways the city helps businesses in the initial planning stage as well as those ready for growth.

 

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Rob Smolund, Business Advisor, for the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers (MCCD), will explain the role of MCCD's Open to Business program, which provides new & expanding small businesses with technical help and loans. He will also tell us how Brooklyn Park and MCCD work together.

Incubating Small Businesses and Helping Them Growteshite wako

 

Teshite Wako is the Finance Director for the Neighborhood Development Center (NDC), whose mission is to build neighborhood economies from within. He will explain how NDC provides entrepreneurship training, loans, incubation in ethnic marketplaces, and business development services to help businesses get started, grow, and create jobs.

 

                    EMERGE Workforce Development and Cedar-Riverside Opportunity Center


fatima muhammedmohamed aliFatima Muhammad, Director of EMERGE's Workforce Development, will speak on Emerge's training, job finding, & supportive services. EMERGE Associate Director Mohamed Ali will introduce the Unity Opportunity Collaborative which plans to open the Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center in the spring. Funded by a grant from the the MN legislature for $4.25 million, the collaborative will work to overcome economic disparities African Americans and African immigrants face.


A Question and Answer discussion will follow.


HTC and NHCC are affirmative action, equal opportunity employers and educators.

 

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Great Business and Employment Resources

at North Hennepin Community College Fair

 

 

Speakers from Everyone In, the City of Brooklyn Park Business Department, the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers, the Neighborhood Development Center, and EMERGE together with representative of 18 organizations that hosted tables, provided a wide range of information and resources at the NW Business and Employment Opportunity Fair.  The Fair was held in the Grand Hall of the NHCC Business and Technology Fair the evening of Tuesday, February 21.  It was sponsored by NHCC, Hennepin Technical College, and Think Again Brooklyns with the help of cosponsors incuding the City of Brooklyn Park; Everybody In; the Human Rights Commission; and the Brooklyn Park, Osseo, Maple Grove, and Brooklyn Center Chapter of the League of Women Voters.

 

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Sam Grant, Executive Director of Everybody In, gave the opening talk on Minnesota's worst in the nation disparities between whites and immigrants and people of color.  Everybody In is serving as a clearinghouse for data, insights, and best practices for closing the disparity gap.

 

Seated are the other speakers:  Rob Smolund, Finance Director at the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers; Mohamed Ali, Associate Director, and Fatima Muhammad, Director of Workforce Development, at EMERGE; Teshite Wako, Finance Director of the Neighborhood Development Center; and Adeel Ahmed, Brooklyn Park Business Coordinator.  Michael Birchard, the Chief Diversity and Affirmative Action Officer at NHCC moderated the forum.

 

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Right - Thea Gaither, Client Services Specialist at Women Venture, explained to a Fair attendee the services Women Venture provides for women planning to start or expand a small business.

                                                                                              

Photos by Linda Freemon

 

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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."

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