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
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
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 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
. 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: www.facebook.com/westsideprogressives
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
5418 Wayzata Boulevard, Minneapolis
(Highway 394 and Park Place/Xenia)
Don’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.
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.
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
9:30 Changing State Demographics
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
10:30 Current State Policies/Legislation around Immigration
Judy Stuthman, LWV Minnesota
11:00 Immigrants Share Personal Stories
Global Golden Valley
RSVP: Appreciated, but not required at
Questions: Contact Kim Kang, LWV Plymouth
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.
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.
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.
Community 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:
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:
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
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