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Implications of a GOP-led Session [Stone Arch Discussion Group at Wilde Roast] Print E-mail
Written by John Farrell   

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Saturday, December 10, 2016 – 8:30-10:00 AM


Wilde Roast: 65 SE Main St, Minneapolis, MN 55414

 

This month, we'll be joined by Sen. Dziedzic and Rep. Loeffler, 60 and 60A respectively, to discuss the upcoming 2017 legislative session. What will divided government bring to Minnesota?

 

Free and open to the public! Come early, 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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Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin - January Stone Arch Print E-mail

 

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Saturday, January 14, 8:30 to 10 a.m.

 

Wild Roast Cafe, 65 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, MN 554l4

 

With a focus on transportation and other issues

 

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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Where We Progressives Will Go during the Next Four Years, How Environmental Holdings Will Fare Print E-mail
Written by Kelly Guncheon   

 

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Tuesday, January 24

6 p.m. - Dinner                6:30 p.m. - Program          

Church of the Epiphany, 4900 Nathan Lane N, Plymouth

(1 block west of Highway 169 on the South Side of Schmidt Lake Road)

 

 

Where We Progressives Will Go during the Next Four Years

How Environmental Holdings Will Fare

 

kelly guncheonWe will have a discussion about where we as progressives go from here during the next four surreal years.  We will also field suggestions for upcoming speakers/themes.  Then Kelly Guncheon will talk about socially responsible investments, including how environmentally focused holdings will fare under the new regime.

Westside Progressives, a non-partisan educational forum that encourages civil and thoughtful discussion about progressive issues, usually meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Church of the Epiphany, located at Schmidt Lake Road and Nathan Lane in Plymouth.  $10 for lasagna/salad dinner. If you don't want to have the dinner, please let Kelly Guncheon know when you RSVP.

Please RSVP to Kelly Guncheon, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

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Preview of Upcoming Think Again Brooklyns Forums Print E-mail

 

The January Think Again Brooklyns forum will cover MN's racial and ethnic disparities in education, employment, and income; and low cost opportunities for post secondary education that prepare people for careers that start at a livable wage.  The February forum will cover nonprofit services that offer education in finding a job and in high demand skills that can be quickly acquired.  It will also explain the role of economic development centers in assisting people who want to start or expand a business. 


Think Again Brooklyns, Hennepin Technical College (HTC) and North Hennepin Community College (NHCC) are currently planning the January and February forums together. The January 17th forum will be held in honor of Martin Luther King Day at HTC, and the February 21st forum will be offered as part of the Business and Employment Opportunity Fair at NHCC.  In March, we will be back at Brooklyn Park City Hall.

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Professor David Schultz Talk before the Election about What the Media Is Missing Print E-mail

 

 

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Great conversation and information at the Westside Progressives October 24
about what
the mainstream media is missing in this   election cycle
with Prof David Schultz. 
So fun to have a packed house!

 

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Reports and Videos for Think Again MN Forums

and Related Articles

 

 
Patrick Henry High School Featured on Channel 5 Eyewitness News and Think Again Brooklyns PDF Print E-mail

 

Principal Yusuf Abdullah Interviewed on Success of School

yusuf abdullahPrincipal of Patrick Henry High School, Yusuf Abdullah, was interviewed about the success of Patrick Henry High School by Channel 5 Eyewitness News on the 10 p.m. news on March 16.  The school achieved the highest graduation rate in Minneapolis in 2015, 87% in comparison to an average high school graduation rate of 64% in the district.  It was given the third highest rank among Minnesota high schools in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.  Mr. Abdullah, who spoke at the March 16th Think Again Brooklyns forum, noted that it is especially important to meet the needs of nineth grade students because students who pass nineth grade are very likely to graduate.  See the Eyewitness News report.

 

Yusuf Abdullah's Presentation at Think Again Brooklyns

Principal Abdullah spoke on what has contributed to the success of Patrick Henry High School, especially its graduation rate and spoke on the school's vision and action plan developed through Community Cafes and a Strategic Planning Team at the Think Again Brooklyns forum March 16, 2016.  Watch the 40 minute video of his presentation with Power Point slides.

 

Shaping an Identity Affirming Space for
Black Males at Henry High

 

By the Ujima Collective, Twin Cities Daily Planet, April 6, 2016

 

“Imagine entering a place every day where you can gain the skills you need to make your dreams come true. A place where you are nurtured, loved and valued. Your unique skills are recognized and celebrated, your experiences validated. Your sense of self affirmed. . .   this is how Black male scholars describe their ideal school experience.”

Read the Ujima Collective's description of how their group of Henry High School teachers created an effective learning environment for Black male students.   Ujima is a Swahili term meaning collective work and responsibility.  As educators, the members of the collective are guided by the term and see it as crucial to the success of Black students.

 

Positive Behaviors Lead To Academic Success - Minneapolis


An Achievement Gap Committee Brown Bag - April 26, 2016

The Chief of Minneapolis Public Schools and three principals discuss how those schools are led, how they maintain a positive school climate with staff and students, and how this leads to academic and life success for students:

  • Michael Thomas, Chief of Schools for Minneapolis
  • Michael Bradley, Roosevelt High School 
  • Yusuf Abdullah,  Patrick Henry High School 
  • Ronald Salazar, Fowell K-8  

See the video
 

 

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The Impact of Domestic Abuse on Children PDF Print E-mail

 

Weblinks to Videos related to February Think Again Brooklyns Topic

 

 

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Mike Tikkanen, Samuel Mwangi, Dr. Mike Troy

 

Three highly informed speakers alerted an attentive audience to the importance of giving attention to domestic abuse at the February Think Again Brooklyn forum on “The Impact of Domestic Abuse on Children.”  Mike Tikkanen, founder of Kids at Risk Action, author of Invisible Children spoke on his work with over fifty children in the County Child Protection System as a volunteer in the Guardian ad-Litem program as a court-appointed special advocate (CASA).  He emphasized that children in the Child Protection System are not kept safe and only half as many children reported as abused in MN were checked on in comparison to other states.  He noted that the children he worked with suffered very serious abuse and that the cost to society is huge in terms of disruption to classrooms and foster families, and health care costs that can run into the millions of dollars by the time a child reaches 18.  "We don't provide the services children need.  We use drugs instead.  It's cheaper."  If you missed the forum, see the two minute videos he showed during his talk:

 

Rich Gehrman, Founder of Safe Passage for Children, on Inadequacy of Child Protection Program

 

Overview Trailer for TPT Series on Neglect and Abuse of Children



Dr. Mike Troy, Medical Director of Behavioral Health Services at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, described the rapid development of child’s brain that begins before birth and continues during the child’s first five years.  He noted the big contribution that nurturing parents and others in the child’s life make to the child’s brain development and emphasized that a child born to a poor family can thrive if given the attention it needs.


If you missed the forum, listen to the presentations on early childhood development at Think Again MN's Achievement Gap Committee forum.  Click on the title:

 


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Setting the Pathway for a Lifetime

Dr. Pamela Gigi Chawla, MD

Senior Medical Director
Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

Dr. Mike Troy

Medical Director of Behavioral Health Services

Associate Medical Director, Neuroscience Program
Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
Starts at 20:40

 

 

Sam Mwangi, founder of the Global Fatherhood Foundation, presented his survey findings on domestic abuse in the West African diaspora.  Almost 70% of the 205 Africans in diaspora surveyed "either knew somebody going through gender violence or they're victims themselves."  68% of the survey respondents said that husbands were the main perpetrators of violence while 51% attributed the violence to wives.  Over 70% said that they stayed together in spite of the violence because of their children.

 

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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."

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

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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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