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Tuesday, March 26
        6:00 p.m. Doors Open           6:15 p.m. Dinner            
7:00 p.m. Speaker Presentation          

Church of the Epiphany, 4900 Nathan Lane N, Plymouth, MN 55442

Please RSVP here:
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Think Again Brooklyns will not have a meeting in March due to my overload of responsibilities, both volunteer and family related.  However, on Tuesday, March 26, Westside Progressives will have a forum on the concept of the Basic Income which is being discussed and sometimes implemented throughout the world.  You are welcome to attend the Westside Progressives forum.  See the details below. - Carol



Basic Income:  Pitfalls and Opportunities


Please join us on March 26th as we welcome Liane Gale from Basic Income Guarantee Minnesota. The Basic Income Earth Network defines Basic Income as a “periodic cash payment unconditionally delivered to all on an individual basis, without means-test or work requirement”

Basic Income is not a new idea and because of societal pressures even made it into the U.S. Congress as a policy proposal about 50 years ago. Just in the past few years we have seen resurgence in the Basic Income debate globally. In 2018, the Finnish government experimented with basic income, and GiveDirectly, a U.S. non-profit, has recently established the world’s largest basic income experiment in Kenya.

This presentation will provide a background on the current Basic Income movement and major players nationally and globally, on current practical applications, such as pilot studies> It will discuss the potential, as well as drawbacks, of a Basic Income. It will also explore how a Basic Income could lead to different power structures and to system change.

Liane Gale is a scientist-turned-activist, who has been especially interested in politics and economics as a means to system change. She is a founding member of the local group BIGMN (Basic Income Guarantee Minnesota) and the international Basic Income Women Action Group and has been a member of the national and international Basic Income community over the past four years.

Hosts:  Jennie Malcoun and Matthias Weigel

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MN Freedom Fund Print E-mail
Written by Jennie Malcoun   

 

 

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Tuesday, January 22

        6:00 p.m. Doors Open           6:15 p.m. Dinner             7:00 p.m. Speaker Presentation           

 

Church of the Epiphany, 4900 Nathan Lane N, Plymouth, MN 55442

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   The Consequences of the Cash Bail System

 


Please join us as we welcome the MN Freedom Fund to Westside Progressives.

Did you know that the only two countries where someone has to put up cash to avoid being imprisoned before their trial are the United States and the Philippines?

Research suggests that those who are able to successfully post bail have lower rates of conviction, less severe sentences, and lower rates of recidivism than those who cannot. Those who are unable to post bail are at risk of losing their employment, their housing, and potentially custody of their children. The Minnesota Freedom Fund pays criminal bail and immigration bond for those who cannot afford to and works to end discriminatory, coercive, and oppressive jailing.

Join us on January 22nd to learn more about the consequences a cash bail system creates and what the MN Freedom Fund is doing to push for change.

Hosts:  Jennie Malcoun and Matthias Weigel - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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J. Drake Hamilton on Climate Change and Clean Energy - Westside Progressives Print E-mail

 

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Tuesday, September 25

        6:00 p.m. Doors Open           6:15 p.m. Dinner             7:00 p.m. Speaker Presentation           

 

Church of the Epiphany, 4900 Nathan Lane N, Plymouth, MN 55442

 

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J. Drake Hamilton from Fresh Energy

  

j. drake hamiltonJ. is an expert in climate and energy policy and serves as the Science Policy Director at Fresh Energy. In addition to scientific analysis and policy development, J. represents Fresh Energy at global summits and even witnessed the 2015 Paris Agreement.

Learn more about Fresh Energy at fresh-energy.org

 

Look forward to seeing you all then!

 

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Ranked Choice Voting - Westside Progressives Print E-mail
Written by Matthias Weigel   

 

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Tuesday, April 24

        6:00 p.m. Doors Open           6:15 p.m. Dinner             7:00 p.m. Speaker Presentation           

 

Church of the Epiphany, 4900 Nathan Lane N, Plymouth, MN 55442

 

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Karl Landskroener Speaking on Ranked Choice Voting

 

 

karl landskroenerMinneapolis and St. Paul elect their mayors and city council members using Ranked Choice Voting.   Karl Landskroener, Field Director for Fair Vote Minnesota, will explain how Ranked Choice Voting works, how voters have reacted to it in the two cities, and what the advantages of Ranked Choice Voting are. 

 

Karl Landskroener joined FairVote Minnesota in August 2017. He previously worked as a regional field organizer for a congressional campaign, as well as for a U.S. Senate and Chicago alderman campaign. Karl has a degree in political science, with a minor in European history, from Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina. He lives in Saint Paul.

 

Westside progressives hosts - Jennie Malcoun and Matthias Weigel

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Affordable Housing - Westside Progressives Print E-mail
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Tuesday, March 27

        6:00 p.m. Doors Open           6:15 p.m. Dinner             7:00 p.m. Speaker Presentation           

 

Church of the Epiphany, 4900 Nathan Lane N, Plymouth, MN 55442

 

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Allysen Hoberg Speaking on the Affordable Housing Crisis

  

Communities across Minnesota are facing a lack of affordable housing, especially as developers purchase older properties and convert them into high end rentals.

allysen hobergJoin us on March 27th as we welcome Allysen Hoberg, Program Director at PRISM. Allysen will share how the affordable housing crisis has effected families in our community and what you can do to influence change locally.

 

Did you that when developers purchase a property they are only required to give 30 days notice before significantly increasing rent? This practice displaces low-income residents and those on fixed incomes.

 


PRISM is local nonprofit located in Golden Valley. PRISM's mission is provide social services and connections that empower people in our community to build healthy, stable lives.
 

 

 

Westside progressives hosts - Jennie Malcoun and Matthias Weigel

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"What Happened to WE the People?" Print E-mail
Written by Matthias Weigel   

 

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Tuesday, February 27

        6:00 p.m. Doors Open           6:15 p.m. Dinner             7:00 p.m. Speaker Presentation           

 

Church of the Epiphany, 4900 Nathan Lane N, Plymouth, MN 55442

 

 

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        "What Happened to WE the People?"

 

 

     George Beck, Chairman of Minnesota Citizens for Clean Elections

 

 

 

New Westside progressives leaders--Jennie Malcoun and Matthias Weigel

 

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Let Matthias know that you would like to have dinner for $10.00.  Thank you.

 

For more information, please visit us on Facebook:

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State and National Landscapes for Politics and Governance Print E-mail

 

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Tuesday, September 19

     6 p.m. - Doors Open                           6:15 p.m. - Dinner                        6:45 to 8 p.m. - Program 

Church of the Epiphany, 4900 Nathan Lane N, Plymouth

(1 block west of Highway 169 on the South Side of Schmidt Lake Road)

 

 

State and National Landscapes for Politics and Governance

 

With David Schultz - Professor in the Hamline University Department of Political Science

 

 

david schultz office photoProfessor David Schultz teaches classes in American politics, public policy and administration, and ethics.  Professor Schultz has authored more than 25 books, including his most recent, American Politics in the Age of Ignorance.  Professor Schultz is the winner of the national 2013 Leslie A. Whittington Excellence in Teaching Award.

 

 

Westside Progressives, an educational forum that encourages civil and thoughtful discussion about progressive issues, meets on the third Tuesday of each month at the Church of the Epiphany, located at Schmidt Lake Road and Nathan Lane in Plymouth. $10 lasagna/salad dinner. 6 p.m. doors open, 6:15 dinner, 6:45-8:00 pm program. Free attendance if no dinner required.

 

 

 

RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/september-19-westside-progressives-dinner-meeting-tickets-37757730388

Host:  Kelly Guncheon, CFP®, ChFC®, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 952-449-4467

 

For more information, please visit us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/westsideprogressives

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The Electric Vehicle Revolution Print E-mail
Written by Kelly Guncheon   

 

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Tuesday, June 20

     6 p.m. - Doors Open                           6:15 p.m. - Dinner                        6:45 to 8 p.m. - Program 

Church of the Epiphany, 4900 Nathan Lane N, Plymouth

(1 block west of Highway 169 on the South Side of Schmidt Lake Road)

 

 

The Electric Vehicle Revolution

 

With Phillip Adam, Electric Vehicle Owners Club

 

 

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The electric vehicle (EV) revolution will not be denied as technological advances are making EVs affordable, practical, and fun. EV enthusiast and Westside Progressives regular Phillip Adam will discuss the present and future of EVs: How their economies, technology, and environmental impact will change the automobile industry as we know it.

 
As an added bonus, Phillip will bring friends (and vehicles) from the local chapter of the Electric Vehicle Owners Club for a panel discussion so attendees can ask any questions about EVs.  And as an even more special bonus, they will be bringing their cool cars to check out!


Westside Progressives, a non-partisan educational forum that encourages civil and thoughtful discussion about progressive issues, normally meets on the third Tuesday of each month at the Church of the Epiphany, located at Schmidt Lake Road and Nathan Lane in Plymouth. $10 lasagna/salad dinner. 6 p.m. doors open, 6:15 dinner, 6:45-8:00 p.m. program.

Westside Progressives host Kelly Guncheon is using a new method for registration to be sure he doesn't miss any RSVP's.  RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/westside-progressives-june-meeting-tickets-35129293663.  If you don't want to order dinner, please check presentation only on the registration form.

 

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Who Are Refugees and Why Are They Here? Print E-mail
Written by Kelly Guncheon   

 

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Tuesday, May 16

     6 p.m. - Doors Open                           6:15 p.m. - Dinner                        6:45 to 8 p.m. - Program 

Church of the Epiphany, 4900 Nathan Lane N, Plymouth

(1 block west of Highway 169 on the South Side of Schmidt Lake Road)

 

 

Who Are Refugees and Why Are They Here?

 

With Daniel Wordsworth, President and CEO
American Refugee Committee

 

 

 

Media coverage and political bantering have distorted who refugees are and why. Join us to hear from Daniel Wordsworth, President & CEO of the American Refugee Committee, an international humanitarian aid agency that works with refugees around the world to help them take back control of their lives.

During his tenure, the American Refugee Committee has expanded both the depth and the breadth of its global programming, refocusing its efforts on quality and customer service, recognizing the intensely individual experience of each refugee and utilizing human-centered design methodology to launch breakthrough new efforts. He’s also overseen a geographic expansion into Somalia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Myanmar, and Syria and smoothly integrated subsidiary Questscope and its Jordan operations into the ARC family. In 2012, the organization was awarded the Peter F. Drucker award for Non-Profit Innovation in recognition of its work with the Somali Diaspora globally.

Westside Progressives, a non-partisan educational forum that encourages civil and thoughtful discussion about progressive issues, normally meets on the third Tuesday of each month at the Church of the Epiphany, located at Schmidt Lake Road and Nathan Lane in Plymouth. $10 lasagna/salad dinner. 6 p.m. doors open, 6:15 dinner, 6:45-8:00 pm program.

Please RSVP to Kelly Guncheon by Sunday, May 21, or sooner at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  For more information, please visit us on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/westsideprogressives     If you don't want to order dinner, please let Kelly know when you RSVP.

 

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Domestic Violence Print E-mail
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Monday, April 18

6 p.m. - Doors Open            6:15 p.m. - Dinner                6:45 to 8 p.m. - Program          

Church of the Epiphany, 4900 Nathan Lane N, Plymouth

(1 block west of Highway 169 on the South Side of Schmidt Lake Road)

 

 

Domestic Violence

 

With Ellen Gormican, MPH - Advocacy, Education, and Training Coordinator

Cornerstone Advocacy

 

 

ellen gormiconDomestic violence has grown to be an epidemic that is making headlines on an almost daily basis. Ellen Gormican will discuss intimate-partner violence through the lens of social justice and how current policy might affect work in this area.

Based in Bloomington and with offices in Brooklyn Center and Minneapolis, Cornerstone’s works to end domestic violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking through community outreach, crisis response, and long-term stabilization.  It offers a continuum of service in 10 Metro cities to help create communities where individuals and families are safe and children thrive.



Westside Progressives, a non-partisan educational forum that encourages civil and thoughtful discussion about progressive issues, usually meets on the third Tuesday of each month at the Church of the Epiphany, located at Schmidt Lake Road and Nathan Lane in Plymouth.  $10 for lasagna/salad dinner. If you don't want to have the dinner, please let Kelly Guncheon know when you RSVP.

Please RSVP to Kelly Guncheon, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by Sunday, April 16.

 

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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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