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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.


 
Taking Care of our Bees - Westside Progressives PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kelly Guncheon   

 

The University of Minnesota Bee Lab

A Multitude of Challenges Facing Bees

How We Can Help Them

 

umn bee lab flower banner


Church of the Epiphany

Schmidt Lake Road and Nathan Lane, Plymouth

(Take 49th Avenue/Schmidt Lake Road  Exit off Highway 169)

Tuesday, June 23

                             .                               The doors will open at 6:00 pm                                            
Lasagna/Salad Dinner at 6:15 pm

Program at 7 pm

 

Honey bees and wild, native bees are now faced with a multitude of challenges that include pests, diseases, pesticides and a lack of floral resources.   Our speakers for June will explain the crisis and inform attendees how they can help.

The evening’s first speaker will be MacArthur Fellow and Distinguished McKnight Professor Marla Spivak, Ph.D.,  who founded the UMN Bee Lab’s  “Bee Squad” to help people address these challenges.   She will be joined by UMN Bee Squad Associate Program Director Rebecca Masterman, Ph.D., to examine bee health issues and explain how the UMN Bee Squad helps people help bees through programming and extension work.  They will also offer advice on bee-friendly practices people can use to support bees.

 

$10 Lasagna/salad dinner
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.

 

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David Schultz on the 2015 Legislative Session - Westside Progressives PDF Print E-mail

 

Professor David Schultz on the


Outcome of the 2015 Legislative Session



Church of the Epiphany

Schmidt Lake Road and Nathan Lane, Plymouth

(Take 49th Avenue/Schmidt Lake Road  Exit off Highway 169)

Tuesday, May 26

                             .                               The doors will open at 6:00 p.m.

Lasagna/Salad Dinner at 6:15 p.m
Program at 7 p.m.

 

Please join Westside Progressives  to hear Professor David Schultz review (what we hope to be) the final results of the 2014-15 legislative session

david schultz office photoDavid Schultz teaches classes in American politics, public policy and administration, and government ethics in the Hamline University Department of Political Science.. He's a regular guest on TPT's Almanac, as well as a political analyst on KARE-11. He has authored more than 28 books, including his most recent, American Politics in the Age of Ignorance (2013) and Election Law and Democratic Theory (2014). A two-time Fulbright scholar who has taught extensively in Europe, Professor Schultz is the winner of the national 2013 Leslie A. Whittington Excellence in Public Affairs Teaching Award. (His accomplishments are too many to list here, but you can see them at http://davidschultz.efoliomn.com


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 the Church of the Epiphany

 

$10 Lasagna/salad dinner
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 May 26th

 

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The Intersection between Faith and Climate Justice - Westside Progressives PDF Print E-mail

 


What is faith communities' appropriate role

when it comes to climate change?

 

 

Tuesday, April 28

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

 

Church of the Epiphany in Plymouth
Corner of Schmidt Lake Road and Nathan Lane
1/4 mile west of Highway 169



gwin prattRev. Gwin Pratt, Senior Pastor, St. Luke's Presbyterian Church in Minnetonka

 

Rev. Gwin Pratt will discuss why faith communities consider climate change both an environmental and social justice issue.


He serves a church that has put faith into action when it comes to the environment. St. Luke has planted and managed an organic vegetable garden which provides the local community food shelf with fresh produce, built rain gardens that prevent runoff from entering the Minnehaha watershed, and installed solar panels on its roof to cut down on its carbon footprint.


Rev. Pratt also serves on the Board of Directors for Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light, the state chapter of a national organization that seeks to empower communities of faith to become change agents with regard to Climate Change.



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$10 Pizza and Salad Bar in Church of the Epiphany's newly remodeled fellowship hall.  We will discuss future meal preferences at the meeting.


Please RSVP to Kelly Guncheon 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

 

 

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Opportunities for Transitioning to a New Economic Model - Westside Progressives PDF Print E-mail

 

From a Carbon Economy of Scarcity to

A Sustainable Economy of Shared Equity

 

Tuesday, October - October 28

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

 

2705 Annapolis Lane N, Plymouth


 

chris hansonChris Hanson, Chief Executive Officer & Co-founder, The Databank

Chris Hanson will explain how can we effect systemic change that will shift the U.S. from a carbon based economy of scarcity to a growing, sustainable economy of shared equity.  The discussion will look at some of the origins of our current economic system and what opportunities exist to transition to a new model.

 

Chris has over 30 years of experience in fundraising and direct marketing, with the last 20 years focused on developing database management and communications technology for nonprofit and political organizations. Prior to co-founding thedatabank, inc. he was Managing Director for Direct Expressions, Inc., founded Response Group, Inc. and was a co-founder of Sanus Systems, Inc.

In addition to his expertise in the use of technology for fundraising and direct marketing, Chris has been an adjunct professor in marketing and has written and presented extensively on entrepreneurship and small business development. He’s currently on the President of MetroIBA and is a strong proponent of the important role that small businesses play in the social and economic well-being of our local communities.

 

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The Westside Progressives, a nonpartisan educational dinner meeting for progressive-thinkers, meets on the fourth Tuesday each month at the Plymouth Kelly Inn (Hwy 55/494). Get the $10 pizza/salad buffet dinner or order from the Green Mill and bring your dinner to the forum room.  You can order ahead and pick up your own meal:  763-553-9000 or online: 

 

http://site.highspeedwaiter.com/greenmill_plymouth/

 

Please RSVP to Kelly Guncheon at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it He will assume you would like the pizza/salad buffet if you don't specify that you will order a dinner yourself from the Green Mill.

 

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

 

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Single Payer Health Care PDF Print E-mail

 

A Smarter Way Forward for Minnesota

 

 

Tuesday, September 23

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

 

2705 Annapolis Lane N, Plymouth
 

 

Preferred One's announcement that they will no longer be selling Obamacare policies is but one sign of how private insurers still have a stranglehold on the country's health care system.  Is this the best we can do?

 

Dr. David Dvorak                                                             

dave dvorakJoin us for our next Westside Progressives meeting, where we'll hear how other countries' single-payer systems work, and why the U.S. should consider mirroring their successes .  Dr. David Dvorak will discuss the fundamental dysfunction upon which the American health care system is built, address the strengths and shortcomings of the Affordable Care Act, and propose a better, smarter way forward for Minnesota’s health care.

 

Dr. Dvorak is a Twin Cities emergency physician and a member of Physicians for a National Health Program, which advocates for universal health care through single-payer reform.  After earning his M.D. from the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Dvorak completed his residency at Hennepin County Medical Center and earned his Masters of Public Health from the University of Minnesota.

 

RSVP

 

The Westside Progressives, a nonpartisan educational dinner meeting for progressive-thinkers, meets on the fourth Tuesday each month at the Plymouth Kelly Inn (Hwy 55/494). Get the $10 pizza/salad buffet dinner or order from the Green Mill and bring your dinner to the forum room.  You can order ahead and pick up your meal:  763-553-9000 or online: 

http://site.highspeedwaiter.com/greenmill_plymouth/

Please RSVP to Kelly Guncheon at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it He will assume you would like the pizza/salad buffet if you don't specify that you will order a dinner yourself from the Green Mill.

 

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

 

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The Economic and Social Impact of Immigration in MN, Westside Progressives PDF Print E-mail

 

Reality-Based Assessments from

Immigration-Policy Experts

 

Tuesday, July 22

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

 

2705 Annapolis Lane N, Plymouth

 

What's the real economic and social impact of immigration in Minnesota?  Come to the Tuesday, July 22, meeting of the Westside Progressives to hear objective, reality-based assessments from immigration-policy experts.

Sarah Radosevich of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, Concordia University Professor Bruce Corrie, and Allison Churilla Liuzzi of Minnesota Compass all will speak about their work in the field, including results from the Minnesota Chamber's recent report on immigration's economic impact.  See below for more details.

 

sarah radosevichMs. Radosevich is a Policy Research Analyst for the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, where she has conducted  quantitative and qualitative research on immigrant capital, Minnesota’s electric rates, transportation funding, and workforce development among other topics.
allison churilla liuzzi

 

Ms. Liuzzi is a Research Scientist with the Minnesota Compass project at Wilder Research. She works with national and state data sources to describe notable trends in the state and to measure progress on topics related to our shared quality of life in Minnesota.

bruce corrieDr. Bruce Corrie is Associate Vice President and Professor of Economics at Concordia University, St. Paul. His research focuses on a new paradigm of viewing immigrants and minorities as assets:  immigrant/ethnic capital. He has documented the many contributions of immigrants and minorities to the economy. He and Ms. Radosevich co-authored the 2013 report  The Economic Contributions of Immigrants in Minnesota.

 

RSVP

 

The Westside Progressives, a nonpartisan educational dinner meeting for progressive-thinkers, meets on the fourth Tuesday each month at the Plymouth Kelly Inn (Hwy 55/494). $10 pizza/salad buffet dinner or order from the Green Mill and bring your dinner to the forum room.  You can order ahead and pick up your meal:  763-553-9000 or online: 

http://site.highspeedwaiter.com/greenmill_plymouth/

Please RSVP to Kelly Guncheon at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  He will assume you would like the pizza/salad buffet if you don't specify that you will order a dinner yourself from the Green Mill.

 

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

 

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Ranked Choice Voting PDF Print E-mail

 

What Happened when Minneapolis Used It?

 

Tuesday, June 24


6 p.m. Doors Open          6:15 p.m. Dinner          7 p . m . Program

 

The Plymouth Kelly Inn
2705 Annapolis Lane N, Plymouth

 

The Star Tribune says Ranked Choice Voting is disruptive to the political establishment, a disincentive for negative campaigning, and it dilutes the power of parties and interest groups. Sounds good, right? Learn more about it and what happened when Minneapolis used it last election.

 

This is a dinner meeting where you can have the $10 pizza/salad buffet or order a take out meal at the Green Mill located in the same building and bring it to the meeting room.  You can order ahead and pick up your meal:  763-553-9000 or online: 

http://site.highspeedwaiter.com/greenmill_plymouth/

 

RSVP Required:  Kelly Guncheon, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it - Kelly will assume you'd like the buffet unless you tell him you'll order your own meal from the Green Mill. 

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David Schultz, Millenials and the Future of Political Parties, Westside Progressives PDF Print E-mail

 

Millenials and the Future of Political Parties

With Professor David Schultz, Hamline University Department of Political Science

 

Tuesday, May 27


6 p.m. Doors Open          6:15 p.m. Dinner          7 p . m . Program

The Plymouth Kelly Inn
2705 Annapolis Lane N, Plymouth



david schultz office photoDavid Schultz is a professor in the Hamline University Department of Political Science where he 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.  Let's give David Schultz a big welcome!

This is a dinner meeting where you can have the $10 pizza/salad buffet or order a take out meal at the Green Mill located in the same building and bring it to the meeting room.  You can order ahead and pick up your meal:  763-553-9000 or online: 

http://site.highspeedwaiter.com/greenmill_plymouth/

RSVP Required:  Kelly Guncheon, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it - Kelly will assume you'd like the buffet unless you tell him you'll order your own meal from the Green Mill. 

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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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