Meet Paris Accords and UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights Print E-mail


Category:  Civil, Human, and Constitutional  Rights


BE IT RESOLVED THAT: (Print or attach your resolution here. Be concise. Use everyday language.)


MN's U.S. Senators be urged to support the Paris Accords environmental goals and ratify the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and that MN state legislation meet both the Paris Accords, which MN is already following, and the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


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MN has been designated the state with the highest disparities between whites and people of color in education, income, and incarceration by research organizations such as Pew and by Michelle Alexander in The New Jim Crow. One reason for the disparity is that MN has the highest number of recent refugees and immigrants, some of whom are highly educated, but many of whom have a high school education or less and don't speak English well. Their children who often go on to a higher education, have incomes much closer to older immigrant groups. The second reason for the disparity is the big gap between minorities and whites in arrests, probation, and incarceration. The gap has been around 8 - 10 racial minority people to 1 Caucasian. While MN has been one of the lowest states in incarceration, it is one of the highest states in having people on probation. MN business groups, faith based organizations, educational institutions, and government departments are working to close the disparities and are already observing many aspects of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Affirming that MN will follow this Declaration as well as the Paris Accords would make Minnesota a world class leader in global democracy.



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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