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Stone Arch Discussion with Gülgün Kayim, Director, Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, City of Minneapolis PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeremy Wieland   

 

Art's Contribution to Street Life and the Economy

 

Saturday, April 11, 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.


Mattie's on Main, 43 Southeast Main Street #144, Minneapolis, MN 55414

 

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For this month, we're talking about the arts contribution to our economy. Gülgün Kayim, Director, Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy for the City of Minneapolis will address the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association, The Guthrie, and the Hennepin Theater Trust, among other major arts hubs.  Part of her job is to encourage artists to create urban gathering places, plazas, parks, markets and streets bursting with life.


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.

 

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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.



RSVP


$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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Why Is the U.S. Electorate So White? PDF Print E-mail

 

Because Our Voting System Is Broken. Here's How to Fix It.

 

By Stephen Wolf, The New Republic, December 24, 2014

 

"Elections lack democratic legitimacy when they do not reflect the wishes of the citizenry. In the case of the United States, we're carrying a legacy of an electoral system that was designed and built to favor white voters. That it still works that way isn't a shock. What's shocking is that we know how to fix it, and still haven't done so."  Read the article.

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Bright Future for Renewable Energy in MN PDF Print E-mail

 

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The Wind Energy Foundation’s “Powering Up Minnesota: A Report on The Benefits of Renewable Electricity Development” suggests Minnesota could supply more than 50 percent of its power needs through renewable energy by 2030 while creating more jobs and meeting federal carbon targets.  Wind project costs have dropped 50 percent in the last five years, while solar prices decreased 40 percent since 2010,  

However, the Wind Energy Founcation's report vastly underestimates solar’s potential contribution.  The report includes only the current 81 megawatts of solar energy in Minnesota.  Dustin Denison, president of Minnesota Solar Electricity Industry Association notes that the state’s new requirement that investor owned utilities produce 1.5 percent of their retail electricity sales from solar by 2020 will add a minimum of 450 MW by 2020.

 

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Don Fraser and Al Quie Focus on Future Generations PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lori Sturdevant   

 

The Quie-Fraser Example

 

don fraserquieSondra Samuels said aloud what others had been thinking Wednesday at a salute to two of Minnesota's favorite nonagenarians, former Minneapolis Mayor Don Fraser and former Gov. Al Quie: "I am so honored that we are not here doing a eulogy!"  Quie and Fraser were undoubtedly glad about that too.

But it was more than longevity and past accomplishments that were being praised as the two former elected officials, one DFLer, one Republican, were honored as part of the Citizens League's annual meeting and the sixth annual observance of the "Common Quest for Common Ground" series established in honor of the late Humphrey School dean John Brandl.

Samuels called attention to the work Quie and Fraser are still doing, today more together than apart, to spur organizations such as the one she heads, the Northside Achievement Zone, to lift families out of poverty via improved education for their children. With a voice thick with emotion, Samuels called them "my brothers" because "they love children and they love justice."

Read more at Startribune.com

 

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NY Times Calls for Rate Cap on Payday Loans PDF Print E-mail

 

The New York Times called for a rate cap on payday loans.  ". . .  the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau found that hidden fees and charges on payday loans were so high that only 15 percent of borrowers could raise the money to repay the total debt on time without quickly borrowing again."  See the New York Times editorial.

 

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Payday Lending Power Point from Senator Hayden PDF Print E-mail

 

jeff haydenSenator Jeff Hayden was not able to attend our last forum on "Low Cost Alternatives to Payday Lending."  He sent the Power Point which he had prepared for his presentation. 

 

You can download it at:

http://myaurora.org/aurorawiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=811

 

 

 

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Resources for Managing Your Money PDF Print E-mail

 

Make Your Dreams Come True

Control Your Money, Debt, and Credit

 

 

You can manage your money so you don't need to incur the huge costs of payday loans.  Yes, going to a payday lender to cash a check or take out a loan is easy, and the people who serve you are often friendly.  However, that friendly assuring manner comes with a big cost.  You will typically be required to pay back three times as much as you borrowed.  You can find out how to manage your money so that you can keep more for yourself and your family by taking advantage of workshops offered in and near Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center as well as online courses.

 

Workshops

 

financial planning couple 2Community Action Partnership of Suburban Hennepin offers workshops on budgeting, controlling your debt, and maintaining a good credit rating, as well as on the rights and responsibilities of renters, home ownership, and financial management for senior citizens.  You can find the upcoming courses by clicking on the homebuyer, renter, and financial literacy courses in the left hand column of their website:

http://www.capsh.org/

TopLine Credit Union offers a variety of seminars related to youth financial literacy, paying less for college, survival budgeting, getting out of debt, retirement, insurance, homebuying, and business. You can find them at:

toplinecu.com/upcoming_seminars?slidenum=1&#chart

 

Online Education

 

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TCF Bank has an online Financial Education Center.  It offers modules that include an summary of what is included in the learning module, the instructions on the topic, and a brief quiz to check if you understood the lesson. Each module you complete is checked off. Eight lessons are currently included at the TCF Bank Education Center: Savings and Investments, Mortgages, Overdrafts, Payment Types and Credit Cards, Credit Scores and Reports, Identity Protection, Insurance and Taxes, and Financing Higher Education.  You will need to check in with a password which you enter the first time you use the Center.  Get started at:

https://www.tcfbank.com/about-tcf_community-relations_financial-education.aspx


Community Action Partnership of Suburban Hennepin has online instruction for home buying at:

https://capsh.frameworkhomeownership.org/Default.aspx

 

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Planning for Development around the Bottineau Light Rail Stations PDF Print E-mail

 

planning for bottineau lrt development tab - may 20 2014

               The crowd listening to Janna King  discuss strategies to help facilitate 

          economic development along the light rail transit corridors.  The Think

          Again Brooklyns forum May 20, 2014 aimed to prepare residents of

          communities along the Bottineau LRT corridor for participating in work-

          shops for planning development in the areas surrounding the LRT

          stations.  

 

          One of the big questions during the Question and Answer  session was

          who pays for the transit system.  The project is estimated to cost about

          $1 billion. Funding is expected from the Counties Transit Improvement

          Boards' transit sales tax in the metro area (30 percent), the Hennepin

          County Regional Railroad Authority (10 percent), the State of Minnesota

          (10 percent), and the Federal Transit Administration (50 percent).                                                     

                                                                               Photo by Linda Freemon

 

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Notables at Think Again Brooklyns Forum "Reducing Racial Disparities," 4/15/14 PDF Print E-mail

 

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Carol LeFleur from MICAH; Elizabeth Knight, Brooklyn Park City Council Member;

Hassanen Mohammed, Chair, Brooklyn Park Human Rights Commission;

Senator Chris Eaton; Reva Chamblis, Brooklyn Park Human Rights Commissioner

Photo by Mayor Jeff Lunde

 

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A recent General Accounting Office study revealed that turnout was at least 1.9 percent lower in 2012 in Kansas vs 2008 and 2.2 percent lower in Tennesee as a result of new Voter ID laws.  That means it's likely 34,000 more Kansans and 88,000 Tennesseans would have voted if the new laws weren't in place.  Young people, black people, and newly registered people were the groups that saw the biggest drop in turnout.

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