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African Civic Engagement Conversation

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Now it's time for African Immigrants to move from civic spectators to policy makers by taking leadership roles on local park boards, PTA's, philanthropic groups, city commissions, and local governments.  That was the main theme of the African Civic Engagement Conversation that took place in May at the Brooklyn Park City Council Chambers.  Think Again MN Board members Linda Freemon and Carol Woehrer participated in the planning of the Civic Engagement Conversation.

Brooklyn Park, a city of 77,000, is nearly 50 percent minority. About 21 percent of the city is foreign-born. Brooklyn Center, a city of 30,000, is about 55 percent minority, according to U.S. Census data. About 23 percent of its population is foreign-born.

Read the articles on the Conversation reported in the Star Tribune and Twin Cities Daily Planet:

Brooklyn  Park forum: Immigrant and minorities need to step up and take more civic roles

Brooklyn Park African and African-American communities convene 350 leaders for civic engagement

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In June 2012, Think Again MN launched a history series that examines politics and policy-making in Minnesota during the last century from the immediate post World War II years up through the 1990s. That era witnessed fierce legislative battles at the State Capitol but it was also a time of shared values that cut across partisan lines. 

Read about it here

MN's Leading Election System

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."

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Oregon's Automatic Voter Registration

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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