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MN Legislative Session and the Upcoming Elections - David Schultz PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, October 24

          6 p.m. - Sign-in               6:15 p.m. - Dinner           6:45 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 MN Legislative Session and the Upcoming Election

 

david schultz office photoWith David Schultz

Political Science Professor at Hamline University and Political Analyst 

 

 

Come hear David Schultz analyze the results of the Legislative session as well as share his prognostications for the upcoming elections.  For those of you who haven't heard him speak, Professor Schultz is a dynamic speaker who provides valuable perspective about what's going on in St. Paul, and who has fascinating insight into the elections, both local and national.  He's a popular political analyst on local TV stations.  You don't want to miss him!

 

 

David Schultz teaches classes in American politics, public policy and administration, and ethics. Professor Schultz has authored 30 books, including his most recent, Presidential Swing States: Why Only Ten Matter (2015), Election Law and Democratic Theory (2014), and American Politics in the Age of Ignorance: Why Lawmakers Choose Belief Over Research (2013).  A Fulbright scholar who has taught extensively in Europe, Schultz is the winner of the national 2013 Leslie Whittington Excellence in Public Affairs Teaching Award.

 

 

The Westside Progressives, a non-partisan educational forum that encourages civil and thoughtful discussion about progressive issues, meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at Church of the Epiphany.  $10 admission includes lasagna (vegetarian option available)/salad dinner.  If you do not want to have dinner, let Kelly Guncheon know when you RSVP.

 

Please RSVP to Host Kelly Guncheon so he knows how to arrange the room and how much food to order:  kguncheon@gmail.com

 

Thank you

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Meeting Climate Change Is Cheaper than Ignoring It Print E-mail

 

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Tuesday, September 27

6 p.m. doors open            6:15 p.m. dinner             6:45 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)

 



Meeting Climate Change Is Cheaper than Ignoring It!

 

With Jay Coggins - University of Minnesota Economics Professor

 

 

jay cogginsClimate-change discussions seem always to suggest that switching to a renewable energy alternative would be extremely expensive, threatening our jobs, hurting our economy, and diminishing our bountiful lives. In reality, over a period of just two or three decades, climate action would cost less than doing nothing.   Why are we arguing about whether climate change is a threat? Switching to renewables is a winner on straight economic grounds.

Professor Coggins works in environmental economics with emphasis in the areas of air and water policy, air pollution and human health, and market-based approaches to environmental protection.

 

The Westside Progressives, a non-partisan educational forum that encourages civil and thoughtful discussion about progressive issues, meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at Church of the Epiphany.  $10 admission includes lasagna (vegetarian option available)/salad dinner.  

RSVPs appreciated to:  kguncheon@gmail.com

 

Hope to see you then!  Kelly Guncheon

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Compassionate Care - Westside Progressives PDF Print E-mail

 

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Tuesday, May 24
6:15 p.m. - Dinner & Social                6:45 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)


Please RSVP to Kelly Guncheon at  kguncheon@gmail.com



A Full Range of Choices for Dying in Comfort and Dignity

 

 

There perhaps is no more private time than the final days of a terminal person’s life.  That holds true for their family and loved ones as well. As pain and suffering grows, decisions might become more difficult--or more clear--but state laws might prevent consideration of compassionate choices.

janet connWith Janet Conn, President of the Minnesota Chapter of Compassion & Choices


Compassionate Care is a national non-profit advocacy organization promoting improved care and expanded choice at end of life. Janet Conn will discuss the organization’s vision of “a society where people receive state-of-the-art care and a full range of choices for dying in comfort, dignity, and control.”

Westside Progressives is a non-partisan educational forum that encourages civil and thoughtful discussion about progressive issues.  The forum meets monthly usually on the third Tuesday.

 

Lasagna Buffet Dinner:  $10.

 

Please RSVP to Kelly Guncheon at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to reserve your seat and to order a meal - Hope to see you then!

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How the New Shared Economy is Changing our Lives - Westside Progressives PDF Print E-mail

 

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Tuesday, April 26
6:15 p.m. - Dinner & Social                 6:45 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)


Please RSVP to Kelly Guncheon at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



Moving toward a Shared Economy


anna millerAirBnB, Uber, Craigslist, Ebay—These are examples of how we are moving toward a shared economy.  At its Tuesday, April 26, meeting, Westside Progressives will focus on this new phenomenon with a presentation by Harvard-PhD Anna Miller.  Dr. Miller, who writes for several industry publications, will talk about how we are all already engaging in a shared economy and what it means for our lives and the global economy.

 

Westside Progressives, a non-partisan educational forum that encourages civil and thoughtful discussion about social, economic, and environmental issues affecting Minnesotans, meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month. 

 

Lasagna Buffet Dinner:  $10.

Please RSVP to Kelly Guncheon at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to reserve your seat and order a meal - Hope to see you then!

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Effect of Climate Change on Birds PDF Print E-mail

 

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Tuesday, February 16
6:15 p.m.  Dinner & Social              6:45 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)


Please RSVP to Kelly Guncheon at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

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Audubon MN and Conservation MN

On Birds and Climate Change


Hey, Birders!  Audubon MN and Conservation MN are presenting jointly on how climate change affects birds and what we can learn from birds about climate change.  According to "Audubon's Birds and Climate Change Report, shrinking and shifting ranges could imperil nearly half of U.S. birds within this century.  The Audubon study is the broadest and most detailed study of its kind, and it’s the closest thing we have to a field guide to the future of North American birds.  

 

Westside Progressives is a non-partisan educational forum that encourages civil and thoughtful discussion about social, economic, and environmental issues affecting Minnesotans.

 

Lasagna Buffet Dinner:  $10.

Please RSVP to Kelly Guncheon at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to order a meal - Hope to see you then!

 

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George Greene - The Art of Framing PDF Print E-mail

 

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Tuesday, December 15
6:15 p.m.  Dinner & Social              6:45 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)


Please RSVP to Kelly Guncheon

 

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George Greene - The Art of Framing

 

We'll explore the cognitive science behind "framing" and and learn how progressives can once again make our world view the dominant one.

 

 

Westside Progressives is a non-partisan educational forum that encourages civil and thoughtful discussion about social, economic, and environmental issues affecting Minnesotans.

 

Lasagna Buffet Dinner:  $10.

Please RSVP to Kelly Guncheon to order a meal at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it - Hope to see you then!

 

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Civil Forfeiture and the Effort to End this Practice PDF Print E-mail

 

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Tuesday, November 17
6:15 p.m.  Dinner & Social              6:45 p.m.  Program

 

Church of the Epiphany, 4900 Nathan Lane N, Plymouth

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


Please RSVP to Kelly Guncheon
 

 

 

Think the 4th Amendment protects you from unreasonable search and seizure? Think again. Learn about civil forfeiture and the effort to end this practice. Don't know what civil forfeiture is - enjoy this entertaining and informative piece:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kEpZWGgJks

 

 

meagan-forbesWant to know more?  Please join us for next Tuesday’s (November 17) Westside Progressives meeting, which will feature Meagan Forbes, an attorney with the Institute for Justice Minnesota office who litigates cutting-edge constitutional cases protecting economic liberty, free speech, property rights, school choice and other civil liberties in federal and state courts.

 

 

Westside Progressives is a non-partisan educational forum that encourages civil and thoughtful discussion about social, economic, and environmental issues affecting Minnesotans.

 

Lasagna Buffet Dinner:  $10.

Please RSVP to Kelly Guncheon to order a meal at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it - Hope to see you then!

 

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Solar Energy for Homeowners and Renters PDF Print E-mail

 

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Tuesday, October 20
6:15 p.m.  Dinner & Social              6:45 p.m.  Program

 

Church of the Epiphany, 4900 Nathan Lane N, Plymouth

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


Please RSVP to Kelly Guncheon
 

 

lynn hinkle mn energy future 92711Solar Gardens - A Way You Can Benefit from Solar Ownership

 

Lynn Hinkle - Policy Director

Minnesota Solar Energy Industries Association

 

The Minnesota solar industry has expanded from a 150 million dollar to a 1 billion dollar market in under 5 years.  Lynn Hinkle will explain how Minnesota became a leader in renewable energy by passing renewable energy legislation in 2007 that requires the use of wind and solar energy which are abundant in the state.  2013 legislation requires public utilities to obtain 1.5% of their electricity from solar energy. The 2013 legislation facilitates the development of small "solar gardens" that produce up to one megawatt of electricity. The solar gardens can be owned by utilities or any other entities.  Property owners whose rooftops are not suitable for solar installations and renters can purchase subscriptions to a solar garden.  Mr. Hinkle will describe how the new solar garden program works,  how you can benefit from the program, and what effect the new solar energy legisation is expected to have on the growth of the solar energy industry in Minnesota.

 

Our meeting will NOT feature the Electric Car Club.  We'll invite them for a stand-alone talk in the spring so we can test drive the Tesla (or at least sit in it!)

 

Westside Progressives is a non-partisan educational forum that encourages civil and thoughtful discussion about social, economic, and environmental issues affecting Minnesotans.

 

Buffet Dinner:  $10.

Please RSVP to Kelly Guncheon to order a meal at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it - Hope to see you then!

 

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MN Department of Human Rights, Westside Progressives PDF Print E-mail

 

 

Civil Rights in Minnesota

 

Tuesday, September 15
6 p.m.  Pizza Buffet & Social              6:30 p.m.  Program

Church of the Epiphany, 4900 Nathan Lane N, Plymouth

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


Please RSVP to Kelly Guncheon
 

 

Though it is a half century since the U.S. passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, there is a lot of work to be done by both citizens and government officials before our state and nation comes close to reaching a goal of freedom from discrimination and racial disparities. 

 
kevin lindsey mn hr commissionerCommissioner Kevin Lindsey

MN Department of Human Rights

Commissioner, Kevin Lindsey manages the Department whose mission is to make Minnesota discrimination free. The Department of Human Rights investigates approximately 1,000 charges of discrimination a year. It ensures that large state contractors who do business with the State of Minnesota provide equal employment opportunity, and it helps the Governor of Minnesota develop policy to reduce disparities that exist in the areas of education, employment, health, criminal justice, public accommodation, and public services.


Human Rights Commissioner Kevin Lindsey will share thoughts about the state of civil rights in MN especially in light of recent events in Charlotte, Ferguson, and around the country.


A question and answer session will follow Commissioner Lindsey's presentation.  Please bring your observations on the kinds of disparities to which you think our state needs to give attention and your ideas on the policies and programs which could reduce or eliminate the disparities.

 

Kevin Lindsey was appointed Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Rights in February 2011. He had previously served as a civil litigation attorney in the Office of the Ramsey County Attorney, and has 20 years of experience in resolving complex legal and public policy questions.

 

 

Westside Progressives, a non-partisan educational forum that encourages civil and thoughtful discussion about progressive issues

 

Dinner:  Lasagna and Salad, $10.

 

Please RSVP to Kelly Guncheon at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it - Hope to see you then!

 

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The Life of a Minnesota Muslim PDF Print E-mail

 

Tuesday, July 21

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

Church of the Epiphany

4900 Nathan Lane N, Plymouth

 

Unless you are a Muslim or have Muslim friends, most of what you know about Muslims comes from the media, which can offer valuable insights, but too frequently provide caricatures if not misinformation about Muslim lifestyle and faith. The July 21 Westside Progressives meeting will provide an opportunity to hear firsthand what it means to be a Muslim in Minnesota.

Our speaker will be Nadia Mohamed, Ph.D. Nadia is a professor in the Global Studies department at Minneapolis Community & Technical College, where she teaches World Religions, World Cultures, Global Studies, Arab History and Culture, and Strategies for College Success. She holds a Master’s Degree in Islamic Law and a Ph.D. in Education. She founded two Islamic Schools in the U.S.


 
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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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