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November 9th Stone Arch Discussion with Meg Forney of Minneapolis Parks

Second term Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) Commissioner-At-Large Meg Forney is our oldest Minneapolis elected seated official. With over four decades of hands-on park engagement, she possesses abundant park institutional knowledge. With six new members elected to the nine member Minneapolis Park Board in 2018, she can place her perspective on the board’s governance in a historical context. 

Meg was Mayor Don Fraser’s appointee to the Committee on Urban Environment (CUE) from 1991-2004, chairing the celebratory CUE Awards.  Since 2003, she has advocated for Mississippi riverfront access in areas where there is the least access to our natural resources — north and northeast Minneapolis.  She presently chairs the MPRB Planning Committee and is the MPRB appointee to the Minneapolis Parks Foundation.  
Professionally, she was the Associate Director of Project for Pride and Living in the ’70’s and has been a Realtor for over 40 years.
Get ready for a surprising conversation about how far we still must go in Minneapolis in our pursuits of equality and transparency in government. We'll convene at Wilde Cafe 8:30-10am. Try and come early to buy your coffee and secure a seat.

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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."

Get details on how to vote at http://mnvotes.org

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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