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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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Childhood Hunger and Barriers to Education - Stone Arch Print E-mail

 

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Representative Erin Maye Quade

 

Saturday, October 14          8:30 - 10 a.m.

 

Wilde Roast Cafe

65 SE Main Street, Minneapolis

 

 

Erin Maye Quade is the Representative for 57A, Apple Valley.  From Women in Government:  It was during her time working with the Congressman Ellison that Erin Maye Quade decided to run for office herself. When attending a Sheridan Story program, an organization that provides weekend meals for students who would otherwise not have access to food, Rep. Maye Quade was astounded to see that childhood hunger went up 380% in her elementary school and no one was talking about it. After lamenting to Congressman Ellison about this, he asked her when she was going to run for office – something she had not considered before.

Addressing childhood hunger continues to be one of Rep. Maye Quade’s top priorities in office. She aims to provide schools with the necessary resources to properly and efficiently address the various issues children go to school with. “We have to stop putting all of our issues in our schools and then wondering why our teachers can’t handle all of it,” when we don’t provide them with the tools to address them. Other issues high on her list include smart gun violence prevention measures, women’s health and choice, transparency and accessibility in government, and especially removing systemic barriers to ensure “equal access to the Minnesota Dream.”

 

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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Transportation Issues - Stone Arch Print E-mail
Written by John Farrell   

 

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Senator Scott Dibble

 

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

 

Wilde Roast Cafe, 65 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, MN

 

State Senator Scott Dibble joins us for our September conversation, with a focus on transportation issues. He’s the ranking minority member on the Senate’s transportation policy committee. Ask him about light rail, bicycling infrastructure, electric vehicles, or just filling potholes!

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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Mayoral Candidate Forum on Climate Resilience & Energy Access Print E-mail
Written by John Farrell   

 

Co-sponsored with Community Power,

Think Again MN is hosting a mayoral candidate forum

 

Thursday, June 29

6:15 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

 

Open Book in the Target Performance Hall

1011 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis, 55454

 

RSVP and share!

 

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What will Minneapolis prioritize and prepare for over the next four years? Come listen to candidates seeking to represent you as Mayor of Minneapolis as they answer questions about our local energy future that unite multiple important social issues including housing, climate resilience, racial equity, and workforce development for clean energy jobs.

Co-hosted by Community Power (of Minneapolis Energy Options), MN350, and Think Again MN.

If you are not able to make this particular evening, help spread the word to build up attendance, and encourage our next local elected leaders to provide strong, visionary leadership! http://www.communitypowermn.org/ward_forums

**Community Power, MN350, & Think Again MN do NOT endorse candidates. The purpose of these events is to highlight the importance and connectedness of local energy issues, and give a platform for residents to educate themselves about what city candidates plan to work on and prioritize over the next four years**
 
 
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Capital Punishment - Stone Arch Discussion Group Print E-mail

 

 With Attorney Steven Z. Kaplan

 

 Saturday, July 8, 2017 – 8:30-10:00 a.m.

Wilde Cafe and Spirits: 65 SE Main St, Minneapolis, MN 55414

 

steven z. kaplan 2For more than a century, juries in criminal cases in the United States have been instructed that defendants are entitled to the “presumption of innocence.”  However, the innocent sometimes are ensnared by a criminal justice system that goes awry.  Such a case involved Damon Thibodeaux, who traveled to New Orleans to attend two family weddings. When his 14-year-old step-cousin, Crystal Champagne, was found murdered in July 1996, police brought in Thibodeaux for questioning.  Steve Kaplan served as the lead lawyer for Fredrikson & Byron’s pro bono work on Thibodeaux’s case, which began in 2000 and led to Thibodeaux's release in 2012.


Mr. Kaplan has been a writer and a lecturer at continuing legal education and other professional seminars on such topics as tax refund litigation, opening statement, closing argument, the art of trial advocacy, the law of privilege, the death penalty, ethical issues in white collar criminal defense, bank fraud and fidelity insurance.  He has won many awards including the Never Forgotten Award from the Innocence Project of Minnesota in 2015; the Minnesota State Bar Association North Star Lawyer Award, 2012-2016;  the Pro Bono Service Award from the Hennepin County Bar Association in 2012; and the Attorney General’s Special Commendation Award.


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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Art and its Community Impact - Stone Arch Discussion Group Print E-mail

 

 With Brenda Kayzar - Professor of Geography

University of Minnesota

 

 Saturday, August 12, 2017 – 8:30-10:00 a.m.

Wilde Cafe and Spirits: 65 SE Main St, Minneapolis, MN 55414

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Brenda Kayzar researches urban real estate, housing, and the role of artists in urban economies. Professor Kayzar specializes in downtown revitalization, housing provision, and environmental justice.  As a human and cultural geographer she is especially interested in people’s interaction with the built environment, and more specifically, issues of community development and equity in housing and service provision.

Brenda is the Past Board President of the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association and served on the Board for seven years.  In her retirement blog, she wrote,

 

NEMAA’s legacy, writ large in this artistic milieu and reputation of NE Minneapolis, is impressive - beyond compare with arts districts in other cities.  It is a testament to the labor and vision of its artist members and the work they produce.  This is the reason board members, staff, contractors, volunteers and supporters over the past two+ decades diligently and proudly carry forth the arts legacy. 

 

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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Modern Media - Stone Arch Discussion Group Print E-mail
Written by John Farrell   

 With Christopher J. Ison

School of Journalism and Mass Communication

University of Minnesota

 

 

Saturday, May 13, 2017 – 8:30-10:00 a.m.

Wilde Cafe and Spirits: 65 SE Main St, Minneapolis, MN 55414


 

christopher j. isonChris Ison was the Assistant Managing Editor for Investigative Projects at the Star Tribune in Minneapolis from 2001-2004. He was a reporter at the Star Tribune for 15 years, working on the investigative team, and, earlier, covering federal agencies, local government and gambling. He covered state politics, local government, police, and courts for the Duluth News Tribune from 1983-1986. Ison and fellow reporter Lou Kilzer won a Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting in 1990 for a series of stories on arson and links between the St. Paul (MN) Fire Department and profits from arsons and suspicious fires.

His stories have won various national and state awards, including awards from Investigative Reporters and Editors, the National Press Club, the Associated Press and other organizations. He supervised projects that won national awards from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers and the Society of Professional Journalists.

Ison teaches courses in news reporting and writing, investigative reporting, and media ethics. He is co-author, with School of Journalism and Mass Communication Professor Jane Kirtley, of the book "Media Ethics Today: Issues, Analysis, Solutions."



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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Clean Energy Resorce Teams - Stone Arch Disussion Group Print E-mail

 

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Saturday, April 8, 2017 – 8:30-10:00 a.m.

Wilde Cafe and Spirits: 65 SE Main St, Minneapolis, MN 55414

 

With Lissa Pawlisch - Director, Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs)

University of Minnesota Extension's Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships

 

 

Did you know Minnesota installed enough community solar projects to power over 13,000 homes since December? This month, we focus on Minnesota's efforts to advance clean energy, trends and developments, and how community members like you can participate.
 
We’re joined by Lissa Pawlisch.  Over the past thirteen years she has guided CERTs—a unique program partnership designed to connect individuals and communities to the resources they need to identify and implement community scale clean energy projects. After an environmental consulting stint, she got her Masters in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy. Lissa is passionate about working directly with communities to help them understand their energy options, the values that drive their projects, how technologies and practices can be deployed, and how to harness community capacity to affect change. Her current focus areas include community shared solar and local government clean energy adoption.

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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March Stone Arch: Tim Thompson, President of Housing Justice Center PDF Print E-mail

 

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Saturday, February 11, 2017 – 8:30-10:00 a.m.

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

 

This month, we’re looking at efforts to increase affordable housing in the Twin Cities with Tim Thompson, President and Senior Attorney at the Housing Justice Center. Tim has been working to expand affordable housing with HJC since 2000. His work has included, among other efforts, litigating to support housing access for all people. News coverage of a 2016 lawsuit filed by Tim against an apartment complex in Richfield, for example, says by raising the rent 30%, refusing to participate in government programs, and requiring a minimum credit score of 625, the owner is not only trying to upgrade the buildings, but the tenant population as well.

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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