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sanctuary movement paradeThis immigration portal presents the origins of current American immigration policy and the harm done to immigrants, their families, as well as to cities, states, and the national economy, by the current U.S. immigration policy.  The immigration policy portal emphasizes the importance of human rights as the foundation of immigration policy.  In fact, human rights should be seriously considered in all public policy issues including climate and environmental policy, trade policy, health, education, labor, and prison policies.  The United  States has fallen behind in support of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights and other Human Rights Conventions.   The information in the immigration portal was originally written as a single policy with references at the end of the paper.   We decided the paper was too long, and it would be better to divide it into eleven sections each with its own references.


The following people contributed to the portal:

Think Again MN Board members:  Jeremy Wieland, John Risken, Wayne Doe, and Carol Woehrer

Attorney:  Lynette Andresen

The Connections Lab Framing and Communications Consultant:  George Greene

Former Audit Project Team Leader at the Metropolitan Council:  Brian Hanninen

Retired Nurse and Citizen Activist:  Kathleen Malecki

Software Developer and Philosophy Teacher currently working on "The Logic of Practical Inference:"  Ronald Susskind


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Childhood Hunger and Barriers to Education - Stone Arch Print E-mail


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Representative Erin Maye Quade


Saturday, October 14          8:30 - 10 a.m.


Wilde Roast Cafe

65 SE Main Street, Minneapolis



Erin Maye Quade is the Representative for 57A, Apple Valley.  From Women in Government:  It was during her time working with the Congressman Ellison that Erin Maye Quade decided to run for office herself. When attending a Sheridan Story program, an organization that provides weekend meals for students who would otherwise not have access to food, Rep. Maye Quade was astounded to see that childhood hunger went up 380% in her elementary school and no one was talking about it. After lamenting to Congressman Ellison about this, he asked her when she was going to run for office – something she had not considered before.

Addressing childhood hunger continues to be one of Rep. Maye Quade’s top priorities in office. She aims to provide schools with the necessary resources to properly and efficiently address the various issues children go to school with. “We have to stop putting all of our issues in our schools and then wondering why our teachers can’t handle all of it,” when we don’t provide them with the tools to address them. Other issues high on her list include smart gun violence prevention measures, women’s health and choice, transparency and accessibility in government, and especially removing systemic barriers to ensure “equal access to the Minnesota Dream.”


As usual, invite anyone interested--free and open to the public. Come, buy your coffee (the law is you can't bring food or drinks into a restaurant), learn a lot and have your questions ready.





Creative Planning Makes our Communities Vibrant Healthy Places - Think Again Brooklyns Print E-mail


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Cities 2040 Comprehensive Plans


Building Strong Communities that Serve All Residents' Needs



Tuesday, October 17

6:00 p.m. - Pizza Buffet and Social               6:30 p.m. - Program



Brooklyn Park City Council Chambers

5200 85th Avenue North, Brooklyn Park, MN


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Cities 2040 Comprehensive Plans provide an opportunity to plan for communities that meet the needs of all residents in our cities and suburbs and develop a sense of place in our neighborhoods. At our our October Think Again Brooklyns forum, Denise Engen from Hennepin County will give us an introduction to planning, and two leaders in our immigrant communities, Sebastian Rivera from Asamblea and Ekta Prakash from CAPI, will provide examples of how their organizations are strenthening immigrant communities. Then you will get a chance to explore how to create vibrant healthy places in your neighborhood.


 Denise Engen, Hennepin County Community Works

Healthy Community Planning and 2040 Comprehensive Plans


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 Our health starts in the places where we live, learn, work and play – and the way we plan and design our communities plays a big role in our physical, emotional and financial health. Local planning is increasingly recognized as tool to strategically increase health and to reduce health disparities, which are differences in health that stem from the built and social environment. Planning and designing communities with health in mind can lead to improved community health, wellness, and quality of life for all residents. This thinking was put into action locally when a major effort was made to integrate health into planning for the areas around light rail transit stations on the extension of the METRO Blue Line (Bottineau) LRT. Denise Engen, from Hennepin County Community Works, will help us explore the links between community health and community planning – and the benefits of planning and designing communities with health in mind, specifically through the local comprehensive plan.


 sebastian riveraSebastian Rivera, La Asamblea de Derechos Civiles Community Organizer

Health Risks of a Latino Immigrant


Sebastian Rivera is a Community organizer for Asamblea de Derechos Civiles, a Latino faith based nonprofit organization, that has been organizing, empowering, and engaging immigrant and nonimmigrant communities in the northwest suburbs for the past two years. Asamblea focuses on issues of displacement, immigrant discrimination, and tenant abuse throughout the area, and works closely with community members, fellow nonprofits and elected officials to address those issues and to create a healthier and more proactive community.



Ekta Prakash, CAPI USA Executive Director

Immigrant Communities Focus on Healthy Planning


ekta prakashEkta Prakash is committed to empowering the community by utilizing a service model that promotes social justice and gender equity. Through this model, her goal is to incorporate under represented communities’ political influence and civic engagement into CAPI programs. Her past experience includes participating in two fellowship programs: the National Gender Equity Campaign through Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) and the Leadership and Advocacy Institute to Advance MN’s Parity for Priority Populations.


Ekta led CAPI's agency-wide organizational transformation that has resulted in increased financial efficiencies, stability, infrastructure improvements, and leadership development. Her efforts have led to recognitions to her organization including the Home Grown Hero award for growing community gardens in the Minneapolis and the NW suburbs, and the Act of Kindness award for expansion and bringing fresh produce to the NW suburbs.  Ekta holds a MA in Sociology from Delhi School of Economics, and a Masters in Nonprofit and Public Administration from Metropolitan State University.



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MN Factory Farms Print E-mail


Factory Farms' Impact on MN's Water


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Welcome to the Breckenridge Chapter of the Izaak Walton League


Tuesday, October 24            7:30 p.m.


8816 West River Road, Brooklyn Park, MN


Everyone Welcome


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As factory farms take over more and more of the nation’s livestock production, pollution from the waste produced by the immense crush of animals has become a major threat to the environment.  According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a dairy farm with 2,500 cows  can generate as much waste as the people in a city the size of Miami.  Unlike human waste, which usually receives sophisticated treatment, animal waste commonly goes untreated. Rather, it typically is held in underground pits or vast manure lagoons, and then spread on cropland as fertilizer.  From the fields, the manure which often contains hormones, pathogens, and toxic metals — can run off and contaminate streams, rivers, and wells.





The chart above would look familiar to the people who attended our Think Again Brooklyns forum last month.  It shows a big increase in factory farms following the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1993, which provided government subsidies for industrial sized farms.  It made it impossible for millions of small Mexican farmers to earn enough to even cover their production costs and also drove hundreds of thousands of medium sized farms in the U.S. and Canada out of business.  This, however, is not the only result of factory farms.  High levels of pollution in Minnesota and Iowa rivers, lakes, and aquifers have followed.  Our speakers will suggest what steps we need to take to reduce the increased pollution.


 sonja trom eayrsSonja Trom Eayrs - Ms. Sonja Eayrs, a family lawyer and citizen activist, will speak to us about factory farms in southern Minnesota and Iowa. In her words below, she outlines some of the concerns regarding water in our state. “It’s no surprise that half of the lakes and streams in southern Minnesota are too polluted for recreational activities (“So. Minn. water crisis rises,” April 30, 2015).

"My parents, lifelong farmers in Dodge County in southeastern Minnesota, have been battling the county and a feedlot operator this past year in response to the installation of the eleventh hog building within a three-mile radius of our family farm. This single factory farm sits on just six acres of non-homesteaded bare land that lies at the headwaters of the Cedar River. Just half a mile from the Trom family farm that has been in our family for nearly 100 years, it will produce manure equivalent to a human population of more than 7,000 people.”


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               Long Time Iowa Hog Farmer
               Representative, Socially
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             Past President, Iowa Farmers Union
             Board Member, Iowa Center for
            Agriculture Health and Safety





Health, Food Quality, and Food Exports
Pollution, Manure Disposal, and Aquifer Pumping
Politics and Court Cases
Animal Abuse


Treats and beverages after the presentations


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    Thank You to our Cohosts


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Domestic Violence Awareness Month Print E-mail


Join Us for National Domestic Violence Awareness Month



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Domestic Violence




Sunday, October 29, 2017
Meeting 2:45 to 5 p.m.


Mississippi Room, Brooklyn Park Library
8500 Broadway Avenue N, Brooklyn Park, MN


Everyone is Welcome and Encouraged to Bring Family and Friends 




Distinguished Guests



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Keisha T. is the Cornerstone Criminal Justice Intervention Advocate.  Keisha will explore the services and resources that are available for victims of domestic violence and child abuse and prevention.


Rev. Emily Lagat is the Founder and President of INSPIRED PRAYER MINISTRY INTERNATIONAL, based in Minnesota, U.S.A.  She is famously known by her saying "Change Your Position."  Rev. Lagat will explore the impact of domestic violence in the community and give a personal testimony.


Mr. Samuel Mwange is the Global Fatherhood Foundation Executive Director and Fatherhood Advocate.  He will explain why men, especially in domestic violence crises, don't disclose and seek help.  He will demonstrate by showing a social experiment and public reaction.


Matt Rabe is the Brooklyn Park Community Engagement Police Officer.  Matt will discuss domestic violence from a police perspective, provide local data, and describe how police respond to reports and calls regarding domestic violence.



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The Beginnings, Rapid Progress, and Next Big Strides in MN Clean Energy Print E-mail



A Broad Overview of Clean Energy in MN

With J. Drake Hamilton, Science Policy Director at Fresh Energy



j. drake hamiltonJ. Drake Hamilton, Science Policy Director at Fresh Energy, gave a review of MN's beginning legislation and rapid progress in developing clean energy to already almost reach goals set for 2025.   At the NW Climate Action forum on May 25th at the Maple Grove Library, J. also gave a preview of the coming energy revolution involving the electrification of transportation, industry, and heating.  If you missed this excellent forum, be sure to get a preview of the coming energy revolution by taking a look at Carol Woehrer's notes capturing the main points of J. Hamilton's presentation.





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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."

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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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