Kids at Risk Action (KARA) PDF Print E-mail

 

KIDS AT RISK ACTION (KARA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit.

OUR MISSION is to be a passionate and unapologetic advocate for the welfare of abused and neglected children supporting the people, policies and programs that improve their lives.

OUR INITIATIVES include raising awareness of at-risk children by:
    •    Civic involvement is the solution to America’s At Risk Youth problem.
    •    Advance the reach of KARA’s Community Forums
    •    Conduct outreach, grant-writing and fundraising
    •    Research, speaking and writing about child abuse and child protection issues

- See more at: http://www.invisiblechildren.org/about/#sthash.VEFebhOV.dpuf

 

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Mental Health Shortages, Sheriffs & Children PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Tikkanen   


mike tikkanenI attended Syl Jone's play BECAUSE at the Mixed Blood Theatre last week. It's a moving piece that explores living with mental health issues from multiple perspectives leaving the audience with a personal sense of what it's like to be this person, live with this person and understand this person. Syl is now the Resident Fellow for Narrative Health at HCMC (I think every hospital should have such a position - how else can these stories be told?) I asked Syl at the play if he would consider writing about the mental health issues of children in child protective services, he seemed interested. If you know Syl Jones, please let him know how important this topic is. Back to Sheriffs and Children (the title). At the end of the play, Syl Jones & a panel (moderated by Eduardo Colon, the new Psychiatry Chief at HCMC) of professionals & one very articulate person living with serious mental health issues further explored the realities of mental health and mental health services in our community.  Read more.

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I attended Syl Jone’s play BECAUSE at the Mixed Blood Theatre last week.  It’s a moving piece that explores living with mental health issues from multiple perspectives leaving the audience with a personal sense of what it’s like to be this person, live with this person and understand this person.   Syl is now the Resident Fellow for Narrative Health at HCMC (I think every hospital should have such a position – how else can these stories be told?)

I asked Syl at the play if he would consider writing about the mental health issues of children in child protective services, he seemed interested.  If you know Syl Jones, please let him know how important this topic is.

Back to Sheriffs and Children (the title).

At the end of the play, Syl Jones & a panel (moderated by Eduardo Colon, the new Psychiatry Chief at HCMC)  of professionals & one very articulate person living with serious mental health, issues further explored the realities of mental health and mental health services in our community.

- See more at: http://www.invisiblechildren.org/2016/01/29/mental-health-shortages-sheriffs-children/#sthash.FQonTLVF.dpuf

I attended Syl Jone’s play BECAUSE at the Mixed Blood Theatre last week.  It’s a moving piece that explores living with mental health issues from multiple perspectives leaving the audience with a personal sense of what it’s like to be this person, live with this person and understand this person.   Syl is now the Resident Fellow for Narrative Health at HCMC (I think every hospital should have such a position – how else can these stories be told?)

I asked Syl at the play if he would consider writing about the mental health issues of children in child protective services, he seemed interested.  If you know Syl Jones, please let him know how important this topic is.

Back to Sheriffs and Children (the title).

At the end of the play, Syl Jones & a panel (moderated by Eduardo Colon, the new Psychiatry Chief at HCMC)  of professionals & one very articulate person living with serious mental health, issues further explored the realities of mental health and mental health services in our community.

- See more at: http://www.invisiblechildren.org/2016/01/29/mental-health-shortages-sheriffs-children/#sthash.FQonTLVF.dpuf
 
MN's Open Electoral Process and Leading Election System PDF Print E-mail


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Secretary of State Steve Simon speaking on MN's Leading Election System at the January 19th Think Again Brooklyns forum.  He commented on MN's longstanding same day registration which has made it possible for more Minnesotans to vote and has been adopted by many other states.  He noted recent improvements that make voting easier such as online registration, registering when changing a driver's license, and no excuse absentee voting and explained there were further improvements MN could make such as allowing felons on probation who have completed their prison sentences to vote, automatic registration of 16 and 17 year olds, and early voting.  Mohamud Noor described the process a candidate goes through to become endorsed by a political party.  "It starts with talking with one's family," he emphasized.  Benjamin Kruse explained the political organization of MN, the sequence of caucuses and conventions that begins March 1, and the purpose of each one.

 

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How MN Is Leading the Nation in Democracy PDF Print E-mail

 

In Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Secretary of State Steve Simon to Speak on

 

MN'S OPEN ELECTORAL PROCESS  
AND LEADING ELECTION SYSTEM

 

 

Tuesday, January 19          
6 p.m.  Light Supper and Social            6:30 P.M.  Program



Cafeteria, Hennepin Technical College, 9000 Brooklyn Blvd, Brooklyn Park, Map

 

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President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 into law, calling the day ‘‘a triumph for freedom as huge as any victory that has ever been won on any battlefield’’ (Johnson, ‘‘Remarks in the Capitol Rotunda). The law came seven months after Martin Luther King launched a campaign based in Selma, Alabama, with the aim of pressuring Congress to pass such legislation.  In contrast to many states, Minnesota has continued to follow the spirit of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 through laws that make it easy for its citizens to vote and a process for endorsing candidates and developing party platforms that is open to all MN residents eligible to vote in the November 2016 elections.

 

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Chief Diversity and Affirmative Action Officer                     
Hennepin Technical College   
                       
 
 

MN'S OPEN ELECTORAL PROCESS invites all its voters to participate in endorsing their political parties' candidates and policies. Let our speakers introduce you to how it's done.

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The Roadmap to MN's Caucuses and Conventions

With Benjamin Kruse
Founder and Principal Consultant, The Citizen Lobbyist
Former MN Senator, Senate District 47

 

mohamud noorThe Candidate's View - How Candidates Can Gain a Following

The Importance of Supporters Attending the Caucuses

With Mohamud Noor, Executive Director
The Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota
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MN'S LEADING ELECTION SYSTEM - Did you know that MN is recognized by research foundations and nations worldwide as having an outstanding Election System?
  
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MN Secretary of State Steve Simon will explain what MN does to most frequently achieve the highest turnout in the nation, how it maintains its highly accurate voter database, and why all citizens eligible to vote should be voters. As a state representative, Steve Simon served as the chair of the House Elections Committee in 2013 and 2014 and played a lead role in many of the election reforms that Minnesota has embraced over the last several years.
  

 
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OPPORTUNITIES FOR LEADERSHIP - You will have an opportunity to sign up to receive notices on ways you can continue Dr. Martin Luther King's legacy by taking a leadership role in your community. Brooklyn Park City Clerk Devin Montero will explain how you can become an Election Judge and why immigrant and minority Election Judges are especially needed.  Kirsten Kjome, Co-President of the local chapter of the League of Women Voters, will describe its new training on how to organize and moderate a candidate forum that addresses questions important to your own Community. Affirmative Action Officer Hollies Winston will explain why it's important to attend your party's precinct caucus on March 1.

 

Question and Answer Session

Everyone is welcome. Note that this forum is being held at the Cafeteria of Hennepin Technical College, not our usual location. The college is located on Brooklyn Blvd., just east of Highway 169. Drive along the right side of the college to the back and park in Student Lot 4. Enter Door J2. The cafeteria will be to your right. Map 


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The Bridge to Life-Long Success

 

 

Tuesday, November 17            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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Remember the days when they gave us IQ tests, and we thought we were born with an IQ - a high one if we were lucky, and not so high if we were not so lucky. In recent years, research has found that IQ is not set at birth. It is developed during the first five years of life when the brain grows very rapidly. Those with lots of learning opportunities from family, the neighbor next door, or a high quality learning program end up with higher IQ's that help them throughout their years of education and life.

At this forum, parents, grandparents, and pals of the young will find out how they can help develop the brain power of the little ones around them. The forum is presented in collaboration with Health Equity for the Homeless (HeP). Before and after the forum view HeP's display of artwork that raises awareness and improves healthcare outcomes for homesless families and youth.


wanda walkerWanda Walker - Director of Program Excellence, Jeremiah Program

Wanda Walker will speak on the developmental assets children need to acquire in early childhood, 3 to 5 years old.

The Jeremiah Program provides support for a career-track college education for young women who are single parents and quality early childhood education for their children on a campus with safe and affordable housing. The Jeremiah Program has two campuses, one in St. Paul and one in Minneapolis, each for about 40 single parent families.

 


beth yokomBeth Yokum - Assistant Manager for Early Childhood Education and School Readiness, Anoka-Hennepin School District

 

 

Beth will speak on the community education programs available for pre-school age children and their parents.

Parents, and often grandparents, are the most important teachers for their children. Hear about the Early Childhood programs at a school near you that provide the tips and methods you can use to start your child or grandchild on a successful path to life-long learning and an opportunity to share ideas with other families with young children.

 

The Osseo School District will provide printed materials on its programs.

Please come, especially if you have young children in your life.

 

 

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Cities' Contribution to a Clean Energy Future - Think Again Brooklyns PDF Print E-mail

 

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Tuesday, October 20

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


City Council Chambers, 
Brooklyn Park City Hall, 5200 85th Avenue N

 

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With Philipp Muessig - GreenStep Cities Coordinator

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and

 

Jeff Alger, Community Development Assistant and

GreenStep Coordinator, New Hope

 

Sarah Zarrin - Vice Chair, Edina Energy and Environment Commission

 

Josie Shardlow - Brooklyn Park Community Engagement Coordinator

 

 

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Moderator:  Wayne Doe - Minnesota Department of Human Services

MN Sure Health Care Eligibility and Access

 

St. Petersberg Mining Institute and Technical University - M.S. Geology/Mining Engineering

 

 

philipp muessigPhilipp Muessig's background is in community development and science.He coordinates the MPCA's GreenStep Cities program, a challenge, assistance and recognition program to help cities achieve their sustainability goals by using 28 best practices. Philipp will give an overview of the Minnesota GreenStep Cities program and describe the services and resources that the program offers to cities.jeff alger

 

Jeff Alger will first explain what motivated the New Hope City Council to authorize the City to participate in the GreenStep Cities program. Then he will describe what projects the city has already completed to become a Step 2 City and the steps it is currently taking to become a Step 3 City. Finally, he will tell us how the city and its residents have benefited from being a Green-Step City, and what the financial costs and savings to the city have been. 

 

sarah zarrin 2Sarah Zarrin, current Vice Chair and upcoming Chair of the Edina Energy and Environment Commission will join us to explain how the Commission works with the Edina City Council to advance sustainability and reduce carbon emissions in the city.  Ms. Zarrin supported and worked with the City to set goals and plans for both city operations and the overall city of Edina.  The Commission has led Edina toward greater use of solar energy panels on both public and private buildings, green building codes, and improvements in water quality.  A big part of its activities is educating the residents and businesses on energy and environmental issues.

 

 

josie shardlowJosie Shardlow will discuss Brooklyn Park energy and environmental projects completed in recent years and those currenty underway and in the planning process.
 
Find out what the GreenStep Cities program offers, how the GreenStep Cities program has worked in nearby  cities, and how an Energy and Environment Commission keeps a city on the forefront of sustainability.

 

 

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The Dynamic Contribution of MN Immigrants - Think Again Brooklyns PDF Print E-mail
Written by Linda Freemon   

 

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Great turnout at September's Think Again Brooklyns forum on

The Dynamic Contributions of MN Immigrants!

 

Twenty percent of Brooklyn Park residents are immigrants. Dr. Bruce Corrie shared that BP immigrants' consumer power is $304 million and they pay $35 million in taxes. He and the panelists encouraged the community to think about immigrants as assets and focus on the opportunities they offer in terms of their entrepreneurship, global networks, cultural traditions and more.

 

Oduwa Aganmwonyi:   I wish more people heard we what did tonight from Dr. Corrie. The message was powerful and so timely. I encourage all immigrants to hold their heads up. Someone knows your pain and lack of recognition. God knows!

Sam Mwangi:  Yes, inspite of this massive economic contribution there is still a big wage inequality along the racial disparity line. However, the meeting was an eye opener, and wished so many immigrants had shown up. It was very engaging and we need to work together. Thanks Think Again Brooklyns.

 

If you missed the forum, you can get key information by using the following resources:

Northwest Community TV Channel 12 Newsclip on the forum

Dr. Bruce Corrie's one minute animated survey
on the major findings of his research on MN's immigrants
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Minorities Transforming MN through Success in Business.  See Bruce P. Corrie's 1.5 minute video on the latest data on minority businesses in Minnesota.

 

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Sun Post article on the forum.

 

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Immigrants Demographic and Economic Impact on MN, Think Again Brooklyns PDF Print E-mail

 

 

The Dynamic Contribution of MN Immigrants

 

 

Tuesday, September 15

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


City Council Chambers, 
Brooklyn Park City Hall, 5200 85th Avenue N

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 judy stuthmanSpecial Guest Host: Judy Stuthman

National Association of Secretaries of State Medallion Award Winner

for her Leadership in Registering over 62,000 New Citizens

 

Past President - League of Women Voters MN

 

Demographic Trends in MN 

Opportunities and Contributions of Immigrants

In an Aging State with a Declining Work Force

 

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Allison Liuzzi – Research Scientist
Minnesota Compass
Project at Wilder Research


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The Minnesota Compass Project works with national and state data sources to describe trends in the state and to measure progress on topics related to its shared quality of life. Allison Liuzzi joined Wilder Research in the spring of 2012. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Luther College and her master's degree from Michigan State University. She completed her doctoral coursework in Sociology at the University of New Hampshire.

 

 

A Report on Two Research Projects

Immigrants' Economic Impact on MN

The Economic Potential of Africans in MN

 

 

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Bruce P. Corrie – Associate Vice President for University Relations and International Programs and Professor of Economics, Concordia University

 

bruce p. corrieProfessor Bruce P. Corrie offers a new way of looking at minorities and immigrants as ethnic capital adding to the economic, cultural, social, political, and innovation fabric of Minnesota. “If we look at these communities from this perspective we will discover a new engine for economic and social growth in America.”

Professor Corrie's most recent research on
“The Economic Potential of African Immigrants in Minnesota” was funded by the McKnight Foundation. The report's estimates of African immigrant consumer spending, business needs and trends, civic and fiscal contributions, satisfaction with the policy infrastructure, and financial assets will help policy leaders grow the economic base of African immigrants in Minnesota.

 

 

Question and Answer Panel

 

Dr. Bruce Corrie and Allison Luizzi

 

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Making Democracy Work - Think Again Brooklyns PDF Print E-mail

 

Despite a Complex Legislative Process
 
We the People Can Help our Legislators

Improve their Bills and Meet their Promises

 
 

Thursday, August 20

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



City Council Chambers, 
Brooklyn Park City Hall, 5200 85th Avenue N

 

 

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Professor Don Ostrom and Communications Expert Audrey Britton will present an exciting two part program.  Professor Ostrom will explain how the legislative process works.  You'll find it has a fair degree of complexity.  Audrey Britton will show us how it's possible for citizens to improve legislative outcomes in spite of the complexity.  Come find out how you can do it too.  Be sure to sign up so we order enough pizza!

 

Thanks and see you Thursday.

 

 

The Complex Process of Developing Legislation 

Don Ostrom - Retired Professor of Political Science
Gustavus Adolphus College

 

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Award Winner for extraordinary teaching, Professor Don Ostrom will explain the complex process by which legislation is introduced, developed, and blocked or passed in committees and the floor of the House or Senate and then negotiated in a conference committee if different bills are passed by the two bodies. Since the Governor (or President at the federal level) can veto a bill, negotiation with the administration is also an essential part of the process.
Professor Ostrom will also speak on getting to know and participate in your city government and give us a glimpse into the U.S. Congress.

 

 

 

Great Ways to Share Your Insights and Determination to Improve Legislation


Audrey  Britton -  Communications  Expert
 Government  Affairs Director, Small Business Minnesota

 


Audrey Britton will include  tips on evaluating legislators, and on how voters can share their concerns and insights with their state legislators and committee chairs to improve legislative outcomes.  Audrey is a communications and public relations specialist who is currently the Acting Executive Director of Small Business Minnesota and has been the organization's Director of Government Affairs for the last three years.   She will be drawing from her extensive participation in talking with legislators, hearings, press conferences, written communication with legislators, and letters to the editor.  She has worked on many legislative issues, especially as they relate to small business, including health care, transportation, education, and taxes.

 

 

Recorded by Radio Africa.  Sponsored by Think Again MN.  Cosponsored by the Brooklyn Park Community Engagement Initiative and the Brooklyn Park, Osseo, and Maple Grove Chapter of the League of Women Voters.

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Ranked Choice Voting - Think Again Brooklyns PDF Print E-mail

 


Ranked Choice Voting Considered for Brooklyn Park



  
Tuesday, June 16     6:00 p.m. - Pizza Buffet & Social     
       6:30 p.m. - Program

City Council Chambers, 
Brooklyn Park City Hall, 5200 85th Avenue N

 

In Brooklyn Park, candidates for Mayor and City Council now compete in a primary election in which very few voters participate. Then the two people with the most votes in the primary face off in a general election.

The City of Brooklyn Park Charter Commission is currently working on a proposal for Ranked Choice Voting to present to the City Council for a Vote later this year. In RCV, all the candidates run at one time and voters are asked to pick and rank the best.

According to Wy Spano, Director, University of Minnesota-Duluth Center for Advocacy and Political Leadership, "The difference between these two approaches is staggering. Instead of voting against the worst option in a two-person head-to-head contest, we’re ranking the best in a group."

To use Ranked Choice Voting for city elections, the City Council would have to approve the Charter Commission's recommendation unanimously, or it would have to be placed on the 2016 election ballot and approved by a majority of the voters who voted on RCV. If approved through either method, Brooklyn Park's Mayor and City Council members would be elected using RCV starting in 2018.


For June, we will hear from three people regarding Ranked Choice Voting:


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 David G. Williams - Professional Engineer and 41 year Brooklyn Park Resident

 

Mr. Williams will speak on the Charter Commission's work so far on Ranked Choice Voting and will describe the timetable for getting the Charter Commission's recommendation on RCV to the City Council.



jeanne masseyJeanne Massey

Executive Director of Fair Vote Minnesota

An Overview of RCV, How It Works, and What the Benefits Are
The Experience in Minneapolis and St. Paul

 

 

 

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Linea Palmisano

Minneapolis City Council Member for Ward 13

 

The Benefits and Challenges of Running as a Candidate under RCV

 


‏A “Q and A” will follow the presentations.



 

Radio African will record the forum for later broadcast on Radio Africa.

 

Sponsor:  Think Again MN

 

Cosponsors:  Fair Vote Minnesota and the Brooklyn Park, Osseo, Maple Grove, and Brooklyn Center Chapter of the League of Women Voters 

 

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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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