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Career and Technical Education - AA Degree PDF Print E-mail


Post Secondary Enrollment Options and Beyond

Shrinking the High School Achievement Gap

Partnership with Public Schools


Tuesday, October 28, Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Mount Zion Temple

1300 Summit Avenue, St. Paul



Kristy Snyder and Mike Christenson

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Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) has partnered with the Minneapolis Public Schools to provide a much better path to post-secndary education and employment for disadvantaged students.

Kristy Snyder is the Dean of Academic Foundations at MCTC.  Her colleague, Mike Christenson, leads the college's partnership efforts.   Together, they will outline a plan and a program  for closing the achievement and employment gaps that have plagued the households and neighborhoods served by MCTC.

Snyder believes that strengthening career and technical pathways, from K-12 to college, will bring the job opportunities needed in these communities.  Christenson will demonstrate that Minneapolis employers, led by Hennepin County, are preparing to place those who choose such pathways.   Please join us to learn more.

Mount Zion Temple has a beautiful space for us to meet with ample off-street parking in their own lot across the street to the east, right behind Kowalski's Market.

Coffee and water will be provided. Feel free to bring a brown bag.  The forum is free, but please let us know by clicking here.

Sponsored by the Achievement Gap Committee.

Co-Covenors:  Grant Abbott and Don Fraser





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.




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:


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:





Secretary of State Candidate Forum PDF Print E-mail




Pre-register for this event!

Come to the forum or watch it live on The Uptake





6th Annual Celebration of John Brandl in Honor of Al Quie and Don Fraser PDF Print E-mail


Generations of Inspiration



Wednesday, October 29, 2014
5:30 p.m.: Reception (complimentary appetizers/cash bar)
6:30 p.m.: Program honoring Governor Quie and Congressman Fraser

Metropolitan Ballroom
5418 Wayzata Boulevard, Minneapolis
(Highway 394 and Park Place/Xenia)



quie don fraserDon’t miss the 6th annual celebration of John Brandl and his uncommon quest for common ground hosted by Growth & Justice, Caux Roundtable, Center of the American Experiment, Citizens League, and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. This year we will honor Al Quie (Minnesota Governor 1979-1983 and GOP Member of Congress 1958-1979) and Don Fraser (DFL Member of Congress 1963-1979 and Minneapolis Mayor 1980-1994) who have been instrumental figures in Minnesota and continue to inspire people today.




Why Worry about ALEC? - Stone Arch Discussion Group PDF Print E-mail


Saturday, November 8

Gardens of Salonica
19 5th St NE, Minneapolis, MN‎


This month we hear from Dee Voss, a local expert on the conservative ALEC, American Legislative Exchange Council.  Dee Voss gives talks on the impact of the American Legislative Exhchange Council in which she covers the impact of ALEC on many aspects of state and federal law. By the end of her talk, you will know why you need to be worried about ALEC.

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.





Immigration PDF Print E-mail


Its Contribution to Minnesota's Demographics and Economy



Saturday, November 8, 2014, 9 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Time: 9:00 a.m. Social Time with Coffee and Pastries

St. Louis Park City Hall, Council Chambers, 3rd Floor
5005 Minnetonka Blvd, St. Louis Park, MN 55416



9:20 Welcome

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Allison Luizzi, Research Scientist

MN Compass & Wilder Research

10:00 Immigrant Contribution to the Economy
Prof. Bruce Corrie, PhD, Concordia;

Sarah Radosevich, MN Chamber of Commerce

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Judy Stuthman, LWV Minnesota

11:00 Immigrants Share Personal Stories
Global Golden Valley

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Questions: Contact Kim Kang, LWV Plymouth This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Sponsored by the LWV West Metro Alliance
(Brooklyn Park/Osseo/Maple Grove, Crystal/New Hope/E. Plymouth, Golden Valley, Minnetonka/Eden Prairie/Hopkins, St. Louis Park, South Tonka and Wayzata/Plymouth.








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.





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:







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.




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:

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:


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:

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





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


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               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



          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






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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TAMN Upcoming Forums

Events Sponsored by TAMN Partners


12:00 Mount Zion Temple, 1300 Summit Avenue in Saint Paul, MN
An AA Degree When Student Finishes High School (The Achievement Gap Committee)


6:15 Hoversten Chapel, Augsburg College, 625 22nd Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN
Secretary of State Candidate Forum


5:30 METROPOLITAN BALLROOM 5418 Wayzata Boulevard, Minneapolis, MN
6th Annual Celebration of John Brandl in Honor of Al Quie and Don Fraser


8:30 Gardens of Salonica, 19 5th St NE, Minneapolis, MN‎
Why Worry About ALEC? [Stone Arch Discussion Group]


9:00 St. Louis Park City Hall, Council Chambers, 3rd Floor 5005 Minnetonka Blvd, St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Immigration - Its Contribution to MN's Changing Demographics and Economy

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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.



 Talks on Voting 
 & Voter Restriction at
 2012 GOTV Concert 

Ministers and community leaders introduced concert goers to the history of voting in the U.S. and MN, commented on the devastating impact the Voter Restriction Amendment would have on the MN election process, and encouraged concert goers to vote for the candidates who include everyone in their vision for MN and the country.  You can hear their insightful presentations on this half hour tape.

The speakers, introduced by the concert organizer Reva Chamblis, included:


Carolyn Jackson, ACLU MN, Gospel Concert, 10/26/12

Carolyn Jackson
Lobbying Coordinator, ACLU MN
The Struggle to Expand U.S. Voting

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Dane Smith - President, Growth and Justice

"Minnesota leads the nation in voter turnout.

. . .  We have one of the most open and

accessible, accurate and upright voting

systems in the world."

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Joy Marsh Stephens

ISAIAH Chairperson for West Suburban Region

Informed Voters Need to Vote for Candidates that Benefit Everyone.

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Pastor Devin Miller
"It doesn't take a whole lot of votes to
make a difference, but it sure makes a
difference if a whole lot of people don't vote."

View the video of their talks by John Risken.


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