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.







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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