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Upcoming Think Again MN Community Forums


Mayoral Candidate Forum on Climate Resilience & Energy Access Print E-mail
Written by John Farrell   


Co-sponsored with Community Power,

Think Again MN is hosting a mayoral candidate forum


Thursday, June 29

6:15 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.


Open Book in the Target Performance Hall

1011 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis, 55454


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What will Minneapolis prioritize and prepare for over the next four years? Come listen to candidates seeking to represent you as Mayor of Minneapolis as they answer questions about our local energy future that unite multiple important social issues including housing, climate resilience, racial equity, and workforce development for clean energy jobs.

Co-hosted by Community Power (of Minneapolis Energy Options), MN350, and Think Again MN.

If you are not able to make this particular evening, help spread the word to build up attendance, and encourage our next local elected leaders to provide strong, visionary leadership!

**Community Power, MN350, & Think Again MN do NOT endorse candidates. The purpose of these events is to highlight the importance and connectedness of local energy issues, and give a platform for residents to educate themselves about what city candidates plan to work on and prioritize over the next four years**



Capital Punishment - Stone Arch Discussion Group Print E-mail


 With Attorney Steven Z. Kaplan


 Saturday, July 8, 2017 – 8:30-10:00 a.m.

Wilde Cafe and Spirits: 65 SE Main St, Minneapolis, MN 55414


steven z. kaplan 2For more than a century, juries in criminal cases in the United States have been instructed that defendants are entitled to the “presumption of innocence.”  However, the innocent sometimes are ensnared by a criminal justice system that goes awry.  Such a case involved Damon Thibodeaux, who traveled to New Orleans to attend two family weddings. When his 14-year-old step-cousin, Crystal Champagne, was found murdered in July 1996, police brought in Thibodeaux for questioning.  Steve Kaplan served as the lead lawyer for Fredrikson & Byron’s pro bono work on Thibodeaux’s case, which began in 2000 and led to Thibodeaux's release in 2012.

Mr. Kaplan has been a writer and a lecturer at continuing legal education and other professional seminars on such topics as tax refund litigation, opening statement, closing argument, the art of trial advocacy, the law of privilege, the death penalty, ethical issues in white collar criminal defense, bank fraud and fidelity insurance.  He has won many awards including the Never Forgotten Award from the Innocence Project of Minnesota in 2015; the Minnesota State Bar Association North Star Lawyer Award, 2012-2016;  the Pro Bono Service Award from the Hennepin County Bar Association in 2012; and the Attorney General’s Special Commendation Award.

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.




The Case for Single Payer Health Care - Think Again Brooklyns Print E-mail


A Physician's Perspective



Tuesday, July 18

6 p.m. - Pizza Buffet and Social               6:30 p.m. - Program
Brooklyn Park City Council Chambers

5200 85th Avenue N


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richard r. wilson mdThe purpose of the July 18th program is to discuss a single payer health care plan for the USA, an approach that continues to be the choice of most industrialized and economically developed countries. The goal of single payer health plans is to provide affordable, accessible, equitable and high-quality universal health care.


     Please come prepared to be a part of our conversation.


     Dr. Wilson looks forward to learning from and with you.


Rich Wilson is a physician who has been in private group medical practice and has developed medical therapies, including pharmaceuticals and medical devices. He is also an author, inventor, teacher and active listener.



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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.





Equity in the Cities Print E-mail


Photos by Wayne Doe - Feeling inspired at Think Again Brooklyns Forum "Equity in the Cities" with presenters Wokie Freeman - Assistant City Manager, City of Brooklyn Park and Joy Marsh Stephens - Equity and Inclusion Manager, City of Minneapolis at the City of Brooklyn Park City Council Chambers on May 16, 2017.


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                              ing Audience Questions                                                         in Employment, Policies, & Programs
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                                                       Joy Marsh Stephens Speaking on Minneapolis Staff's Training in Equity





"Undocumented" is not a state one chooses. Print E-mail




julissa arceJulissa Arce worked her way up to become the vice president at Goldman Sachs by age 27 while being an undocumented immigrant from Mexico. When she gives lectures at colleges and universities, people often ask, "Why don't "illegals" get in the back of the line, and do it the right way?"  She notes that "the line" is a mythical place that distracts from the need for immigration reform.  Most undocumented immigrants cannot complete an application, go through a process, or pay a fine to start the process of becoming U.S. citizens.  Read Arce's CNBC article:  "Here's the myth about being an undocumented immigrant that drives me crazy."






NW Business and Employment Opportunity Fair Print E-mail



Great Business and Employment Resources

at North Hennepin Community College Fair



Speakers from Everyone In, the City of Brooklyn Park Business Department, the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers, the Neighborhood Development Center, and EMERGE together with representative of 18 organizations that hosted tables, provided a wide range of information and resources at the NW Business and Employment Opportunity Fair.  The Fair was held in the Grand Hall of the NHCC Business and Technology Fair the evening of Tuesday, February 21.  It was sponsored by NHCC, Hennepin Technical College, and Think Again Brooklyns with the help of cosponsors incuding the City of Brooklyn Park; Everybody In; the Human Rights Commission; and the Brooklyn Park, Osseo, Maple Grove, and Brooklyn Center Chapter of the League of Women Voters.


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Sam Grant, Executive Director of Everybody In, gave the opening talk on Minnesota's worst in the nation disparities between whites and immigrants and people of color.  Everybody In is serving as a clearinghouse for data, insights, and best practices for closing the disparity gap.


Seated are the other speakers:  Rob Smolund, Finance Director at the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers; Mohamed Ali, Associate Director, and Fatima Muhammad, Director of Workforce Development, at EMERGE; Teshite Wako, Finance Director of the Neighborhood Development Center; and Adeel Ahmed, Brooklyn Park Business Coordinator.  Michael Birchard, the Chief Diversity and Affirmative Action Officer at NHCC moderated the forum.


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Right - Thea Gaither, Client Services Specialist at Women Venture, explained to a Fair attendee the services Women Venture provides for women planning to start or expand a small business.


Photos by Linda Freemon





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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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