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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.




joy m. stephensOne Minneapolis - Reversing the Racial Disparity Trends


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. 



wokie c freemanA Thriving Community with Opportunity for All


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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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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