X. Deportation Interferes with Reducing Disparities Print E-mail


ICE Deportation Practices Interfere with Closing


MN's Top in the Nation Racial Disparities



Faced with the greatest disparities for people of color in education, income, and incarceration in the nation, MN government units, schools, foundations, nonprofit organizations, and large businesses have been making efforts to reduce these disparities. Susan Brower, MN's State Demographer, notes that reducing disparities is the morally right thing to do, but it's also necessary for the overall prosperity of the state given the shortage of workers that the state faces.



The Immigration and Customs Enforcement program of deporting unauthorized immigrants undermines Minnesota’s equity and inclusion efforts. Important goals of the programs to reduce disparities include stabilizing families, helping parents learn good practices for raising their children, increasing high school graduation rates, completion of college level courses or training for a trade in high school and helping adults gain skills that will enable them to hold jobs with higher wages. Craig Helmstetter, Senior Research Manager at the Wilder Foundation, reported in August 2016 that MN high school graduation rates for people of color still remain near the bottom1 of state ratings.



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1. Helmstetter, Craig.  “Racial disparities in Minnesota:  better, worse, or the same?”  Minnesota Compass, August 2016.





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

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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