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Tributes to Arvonne Fraser Print E-mail

 

 

Farewell to a Dear Friend, Arvonne Fraser

 

 

arvonne fraser 2If you didn't know already, we say farewell to a dear friend, inspiring leader, and founder of the nonprofit on which Think Again MN and our Stone Arch discussion group is based, Arvonne Fraser. 

Arvonne has left us. The meeting has ended. The coffee is exhausted. We're packing up our coats and notes, excited for the mission which she's inspired us to take on. I hope she understands her role in all of our lives, and that for her efforts women are empowered to run for office, lead companies, try cases, and raise children, and that men welcome and encourage and expect women in these roles. Arvonne is our hero, even in passing a source of inspiration and kindness and welcome. We will all miss you, but we will all carry a part of you in memory with us.  Please join us to celebrate her life:

 

August 30, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

                                       Nicollet Island Pavilion, 40 Powers Street, Minneapolis

The Star Tribune reports that Senator Amy Klobuchar, who was a neighbor to the Frasers, said in a statement that Arvonne Fraser “blazed a trail for woman” and added that she “pushed so many women to go into the fray and do good.”  Among her many accomplishments, Arvonne was a founder of the Center on Women, Gender and Public Policy at the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs. The Advocates for Human Rights wrote, "The human rights world has lost a giant. Arvonne Fraser inspired women's human rights activists across the globe. . .  She helped develop international standards for the protection of women and was a tireless advocate herself."  Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said in a statement Tuesday night that the city “has lost a legend and I have lost a friend.”

If you haven't been a visitor to our monthly Stone Arch Saturday discussions, consider joining us in her honor. She's no lady, as she famously titled her book, but she had a knack for starting good conversation.  She served as director of the Office of Women at the U.S. Agency for International Development and as a member of the U.S. delegations to the first two U.N. World Conferences on Women.  Read about Arvonne's extensive contribution to human rights in the Advocates foe Human Rignts tribute to her and in her Star Tribune obituary.

 

If you would like to honor Arvonne Fraser, you can do so by donating to the University of Minnesota Foundation - Humphrey School Arvonne Fraser Fund, P.O. Box 860266, Mpls, MN 55486, or Emily's List, 1800 M St NW, Ste 375N, Washington, DC 20036.

 

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August Stone Arch: Age Discrimination with Paul Ziezulewicz Print E-mail

 

Saturday, August 11             8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

 

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


Age-Discrimination

 

Paul serves as Associate General Counsel and assists the Department in overseeing discrimination investigations, drafting appeal decisions, and providing legal advice to the Commissioner and Department employees. He’ll talk with us about age discrimination in the workplace.

Paul serves as Associate General Counsel for the Minnesota Department of Human Rights. He assists the Department in overseeing discrimination investigations, drafting appeal decisions, and providing legal advice to the Commissioner and Department employees. Prior to joining MDHR, he practiced as a housing attorney at Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, the local legal aid office in Saint Paul. In addition to representing clients in housing court, Paul worked under a grant that allowed him to do community impact work in the Frogtown and Rondo neighborhoods of Saint Paul. Paul clerked for the Honorable Kathryn Quaintance in Hennepin County District Court immediately after law school. A former AmeriCorps volunteer, Paul graduated from the University of St. Thomas, and has been licensed to practice law in Minnesota since 2012.

 

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July Stone Arch: Susan Brower, Minnesota State Demographer Print E-mail
Written by John Farrell   

 

Changing Demographics and the Importance of the Census


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

 

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


With Susan Brower - State Demographer

 

A Star Tribune article earlier this week highlighted what’s at stake and how Minnesotans are preparing for the 2020 Census. Susan Brower’s office of demographic experts helps lead Minnesota’s effort to ensure everyone is counted. She’ll talk about the state’s changing demographics, the importance of the census, and why at least one proposed census question is controversial.

 

susan browerSusan Brower is the Minnesota State Demographer and directs the MN State Demographic Center. Susan became the State Demographer in February 2012. In that capacity, she travels the state talking with Minnesotans about the new social and economic realities that are brought about by recent demographic shifts. Susan's work applies an understanding of demographic trends to changes in a range of areas including the state's economy and workforce, education, health, immigration and rural population changes.

 

Susan joined the State Demographic Center after working as a researcher on the Minnesota Compass project at Wilder Research in St. Paul. Prior to that, she worked at the Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan.

 

Susan earned her Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Michigan, specializing in demography and family sociology. She also holds a master's degree in public policy from Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.


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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June Stone Arch: Immigration & Workforce with Ibrahim Hirsi, Minnpost staff writer PDF Print E-mail

Equity Transit and Urban Development

 

 

Saturday, June 9 - 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

 

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

 

IbrahimHirsiThis month at our Stone Arch discussion, Minnpost staff writer Ibrahim Hirsi joins us for a discussion of immigration and workforce. He’s recently written about issues with deportation and the role of immigrants in fulfilling Minnesota’s workforce shortages.

 

See his full list of recent work at Minnpost:

Nursing field is attracting more males, both in Minnesota and nationwide

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Yingling Fan, Associate Professor in Regional Planning and Policy - Stone Arch Discussion Group Print E-mail

 

Equity Transit and Urban Development

 

 

Saturday, May 12 - 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

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

 

 

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This month at our Stone Arch discussion, University of Minnesota Professor Yingling Fan will share her research focused on novel land use and transportation solutions to promote human health and social equity.

Yingling Fan is Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning and the Director of the Global Transit Innovations program at the University of Minnesota. Her interdisciplinary work has appeared in many leading academic journals across multiple fields, and she has received several awards including the 2008 Pedestrian Committee Best Paper Award from the national Transportation Research Board (TRB). Fan is an internationally recognized expert on transit corridor planning and her ongoing book project examines the truth and future of transit revival in the U.S.

Get a sneak peek at her forthcoming book with these excerpts:

The Glory and Contradictions of American Railway Expansion, 1852-1920


Transit Revival and Urban Regeneration on Abandoned Railways


Denver’s Transit Renaissance: A Legacy of Regionalism, Accountability, and Creativity


The Future of U.S. Transit is in Regional Place-Making


Fan has published her work in various urban planning and transportation research journals. Her recent projects include investigating the impact of urban form on health disparities, the role of neighborhood and family structure in influencing leisure-time activity patterns, and the impact of transit corridor improvements on job accessibility and neighborhood change.


She holds a PhD in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bachelor’s degree in Transportation Engineering from Southeast University, Nanjing, China.

 


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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Jane Leonard - President, Growth and Justice, Stone Arch Print E-mail

 

Rural/Urban Equity/One Minnesota

 

 

Saturday, March 10  
8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

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

 

 

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Jane Leonard, the newly minted President of Growth and Justice, joins us to lead a discussion on rural/urban equity, the interdependency of the “seven states of Minnesota,” and how to renew the social contract with a One Minnesota vision.  See her opening blog post as G&J president and the Rural Equity/One Minnesota project.

 

Jane Leonard is a widely respected Minnesota policy expert with more than three decades experience in philanthropy and community development. Leonard held a wide variety of leadership positions in community development for the State of Minnesota (she has served under DFL, Republican, and Independence Party governors). She has been instrumental throughout her career in helping communities and businesses throughout the state -- with particular expertise in Greater Minnesota -- to realize their potential through public and private investment in human capital, technology, and physical infrastructure. Jane currently also serves as a community faculty member at Metropolitan State University.  Jane has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and science communication from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in mass communications from the University of Minnesota.

 

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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Health Care - Stone Arch Print E-mail

 

Representative Diane Loeffler

 

Saturday, January 13              8:30 to 10 a.m.

 

Wilde Roast, 65 SE Main Street, Minndapolis, MN

 

 

diane loefflerIn January, Stone Arch returns to healthcare with Diane Loeffler, Minnesota House of Representatives and the ranking DFL member on the Health and Human Services Finance Committee.  Diane's career has been spent in public service. She has worked as a budget and policy analyst on education issues for the State of Minnesota, on city finance and tax issues for the City of Minneapolis and the League of Minnesota Cities, and in Human Services, Health and Training and Employment for Hennepin County. 

 

Diane's volunteer time has been spent in making a difference in Northeast Minneapolis. There she has led efforts to save a local library, address ground and air pollution, improve housing, develop youth programs, and has been actively involved in Central Avenue and riverfront redevelopment, park planning, and crime prevention. Project by project, year by year, Diane has demonstrated her dedication to not just talking about problems, but leading efforts to address them.

 

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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Minneapolis Elections Recap with Peter Callaghan of MinnPost--Stone Arch Discussion Group Print E-mail
Written by John Farrell   

 

Saturday, December 9              8:30 to 10 a.m.

 

Wilde Roast, 65 SE Main Street, Minndapolis, MN

 

Peter Callaghan of Minnpost will walk us through the Minneapolis municipal elections—the change in mayor and city council, among other races. Mr Callaghan has been a staff writer at MinnPost since 2014 after nearly 30 years as a journalist and columnist for The News Tribune in Tacoma, WA.  He covers local politics and government in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and the Twin Cities region. 

 

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.

 
Municipal Election Recap in Minneapolis--December Stone Arch Print E-mail
Written by John Farrell   

 

Peter Callaghan of Minnpost

 

 

Saturday, December 9            8:30 - 10 a.m.

Wilde Roast Cafe

65 SE Main Street, Minneapolis

 

peter callaghanFor our December 9th meeting we're hosting Peter Callaghan of MinnPost. He’ll walk us through the Minneapolis municipal elections—the change in mayor and city council, among other races. Mr Callaghan has been a staff writer at MinnPost since 2014 after nearly 30 years as a journalist and columnist for The News Tribune in Tacoma, WA.

 

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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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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