The Economic Status of Minnesotans PDF Print E-mail




A Chartbook With Data For 17 Cultural Groups

 

January 2016

Minnesota State Demographic Center

 

 

"This chartbook provides a statistical portrait of the economic status of Minnesotans—including much data that has never been seen before—for the 17 largest cultural groups in Minnesota. These data result from responses by Minnesotans to the U.S. Census Bureau’s ongoing American Community Survey (ACS), the largest federal survey that produces insights into our population’s economic, social, housing, and demographic characteristics.

However, the ACS data that are collected are not always released by the Census Bureau in a way that helps policy makers and community leaders in Minnesota understand key differences in our very diverse populations. Standard racial groups used by the Census Bureau are too broad, and while data are often available for the largest ethnic or ancestry groups nationally, those may not be the groups most relevant in Minnesota.

To better illustrate economic status in Minnesota, we have constructed cultural groups and assembled data from the ACS in a manner intended to be more useful to those working to improve the economic security of Minnesotans. The result is this first-of-its-kind economic status chartbook, which presents information for 17 cultural groups, all those with enough survey responses to create useful estimates."

 

Download the chartbook.

 

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30th Anniversary Celebrated at Stone Arch Discussion Group PDF Print E-mail

 

Think Again MN President Jeremy Wieland

Remembers Don and Arvonne Fraser and Many Others

 

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elizabeth gliddenThe longest running forum of Think Again MN is the Stone Arch Discussion Group which meets at the Wilde Roast Cafe in SE Minneapolis.  Stone Arch celebrated its 30th anniversary and that of our nonprofit in December.  The other Think Again MN monthly forums are the Achievement Gap Committee in St. Paul, Westside Progressives in Plymouth, and Think Again Brooklyns in Brooklyn Park.  Minneapolis City Council Member Elizabeth Glidden (left) spoke for the occasion at Stone Arch on the Working Families Agenda.  Following are 30th anniversary comments from Jeremy Wieland, President of Think Again MN and Stone Arch host:

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"The Stone Arch Discussion Group has been a forum to share ideas and challenge policy innovators. It has also been a wonderful forum for friends to share a cup of coffee and for businesses to show support of the community.  Stone Arch has been a venue to meet and humanize elected people who represent us in government, to talk with the thought leaders and academics who push the policy boundaries, and to hear from the government employees who forge law & policy into reality.


don ostrom at 30th anniversary dec 2015Without Arvonne and Don Fraser, we would never have met the first time. We thank them for public service in both the civic and civil realms that is too vast to measure. They did not do this alone. I have been on the Board for over ten years and I’ve benefited from the mentorship of the Frasers, Don Ostrom (left, in front) and Carol Flynn, who were Presidents before me, and Barbara Allivato, Vici Oshiro, John Farrell, and Brian Hanninnen who made pretty much everything run on time. Barbara Bearman and Matt Little were especially welcoming to a much younger me. I thank Amy Klobuchar for being an early President and now respected Senator. I thank so many who endeavored on this project before us. 


I want to call attention now to our current Board, many of whom you may not know. Carol Woehrer, John Riskin, Wayne Doe, Tammie Carino and former Legislator Betty Folliard. Carol, John, Wayne, Tammy and Betty give tirelessly, as have their predecessors, so that we have venues and speakers to continue the work of civic engagement and democracy building. They are all inspirational in their own ways whether they know or not.


Today’s celebration is of each of you in the room this morning, and everyone who raised a cup at Gardens of Salonica, or who tempted fate marching down the stairs of Jitters, and everyone who has taken a bag lunch to seek solutions to the achievement gap, or shared the history of progressive politics in Minnesota, or reached out to engage new Minnesotans before the historic rejection of the marriage amendment. Together the great work of our society progresses under our hands, and I like to think that we are making progress."

 

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MN's Open Electoral Process and Leading Election System PDF Print E-mail


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                                                                                                                                                          Photo by Linda Freemon

 

Secretary of State Steve Simon speaking on MN's Leading Election System at the January 19th Think Again Brooklyns forum.  He commented on MN's longstanding same day registration which has made it possible for more Minnesotans to vote and has been adopted by many other states.  He noted recent improvements that make voting easier such as online registration, registering when changing a driver's license, and no excuse absentee voting and explained there were further improvements MN could make such as allowing felons on probation who have completed their prison sentences to vote, automatic registration of 16 and 17 year olds, and early voting.  Mohamud Noor described the process a candidate goes through to become endorsed by a political party.  "It starts with talking with one's family," he emphasized.  Benjamin Kruse explained the political organization of MN, the sequence of caucuses and conventions that begins March 1, and the purpose of each one.

 

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Dr. Serene Jones, President of Union Theological Seminary PDF Print E-mail

 

Charlie Rose Interview of Rev. Dr. Serene Jones

First Woman President of Union Theological Seminary

 

Note from Jeff Strate:

serene jones union theological seminaryRev. Dr. Serene Jones is president of Union Theological Seminary in New York City.  A few of my colleagues attended Union.  Some of the western world's most influential theologians have served on its faculty. On December 20th, Serene Jones spoke with Charlie Rose about Union and the changing world it has always responded to. These days that means Ferguson, Black Lives Matter, the Bully Trump, terrorism, mass killings, and Islamaphobia. This Charlie Rose Show discussion runs 14:30 minutes:


http://www.charlierose.com/watch/60665355

 

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Unfinished Business: The Continuing Work of Arvonne Skelton Fraser PDF Print E-mail

 

arvonne fraser 2Arvonne Fraser gave the keynote speech at the Center on Women, Gender and Public Policy panel discussion in honor of her 90th birthday.  Following are her concluding comments.  For more comprehensive exerpts, see the Star Tribune article:  Arvonne Fraser on the women's movement: 'What follows is the hard part'

 

"A primary responsibility of any group or country if it wants to endure is to produce, recruit and train its next generation of citizens and workers. . . .  Why do companies expect that the next generation of workers — employees — will be produced by those who choose to become parents, as a gift to employers? To add insult to injury, parenthood is often seen as an impediment to success at what is called the workplace. Add that housecleaners tend to be paid more than child care workers; school hours have little relationship to business hours, and maternity and other family leaves in this country are unpaid. That’s disrespect and disregard bordering on hostility toward some of the most important work done in any society. That must change."

Arvonne Fraser is senior fellow emerita at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, a former director of the Office of Women in Development at USAID, and a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.  She is a founder of what is now Think Again MN.

 

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The Top Charts of 2015 - Economic Policy Institute PDF Print E-mail

 

Economy Still Fails Low and Middle Income Americans with Stagnant Wages

 

Although the unemployment rate is down and the pace of monthly job growth is healing some of the damage inflicted by the Great Recession,  the Economic Policy Institute’s top charts of 2015 show the economy is still failing ordinary Americans with stagnant wages despite increasing productively.  However, it doesn’t have to be this way. The charts show that an economy with shared prosperity can be created with policies that keep interest rates low, raise the minimum wage, make collective bargaining easier, expand access to overtime pay, and eliminate discriminatory practices that contribute to gender inequality.  (Economic Policy Institute, December 17, 2015).  View the charts.

 

share of prime age workers hasnt recovered from recession

 

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Black Lives Matter Protest PDF Print E-mail
Written by David Snyder   

 

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Who Put the NRA in Charge of Our National Security? Print E-mail

 

marian wright edelmanMarian Wright Edelman, President of the Children’s Defense Fund, writes, “Since Robert Kennedy’s and Dr. Martin Luther King’s 1968 deaths more than 164,000 children have died from gun violence in America—three times more than all the American soldiers killed in action in the Vietnam War and every external conflict since.”  She questions why we are so reticent to stand up against the pro-gun lobby when American children are 18 times more likely to die as a result of gun violence than children in 25 other high income nations.  She notes that in 2013 alone 33,169 lives were taken by guns and 83,075 were injured, yet guns remain the only unregulated consumer product.  Read her article.

 

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Jump in black poverty reveals unfulfilled potential in Minnesota PDF Print E-mail

 

kenya mcknight ahadRecommended by Kenya McKnight Ahad

 

"This is one of the most balanced and truest articles I've seen thus far written about the recent drop in Income for Black people in Minnesota!  While MN DOT is, by no means the standard for being fair and just to black and people of color in MN, we recognize their internal strife and hope the compliance issues get settled fast!  This article is very thoughtful and hits key points which I very much appreciated."

"Jump in black poverty reveals unfulfilled potential in Minnesota," Editorial Board, Star Tribune, September 25, 2015 - State squanders potential as its working-age population begins decline.

 
 
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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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