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Dean Phillips - CD3 Candidate Print E-mail

 

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Monday, October 16

6:15 p.m. Doors Open            6:30-7:15 p.m. Speaker Presentation            7:15-8:00 p.m. Q&A

 

Church of the Epiphany, 4900 Nathan Lane N, Plymouth, MN 55442

 

How Getting Big Money out of Political Campaigns Can Bring

Transparency and Accountability back to Elections

 

dean-phillipsA renowned businessman, philanthropist, and now candidate for Congress in Congressional District 3, Dean Phillips has pledged not to take special-interest or PAC money for his campaign, relying solely on individual donors.  In so doing, he has become intimately familiar with how campaign finance is a key factor for both campaigning and legislating.

“The connection between campaign contributions and legislators’ behavior and votes has never been more clear-cut,” Phillips says. “The average citizen is hardly represented in Congress anymore, and the average citizen can’t run for office without access to big dollars from special-interest groups.  That’s not democracy."


Because of the anticipated size of the audience, there will be no beverages or desserts.

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State and National Landscapes for Politics and Governance Print E-mail

 

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Tuesday, September 19

     6 p.m. - Doors Open                           6:15 p.m. - Dinner                        6:45 to 8 p.m. - Program 

Church of the Epiphany, 4900 Nathan Lane N, Plymouth

(1 block west of Highway 169 on the South Side of Schmidt Lake Road)

 

 

State and National Landscapes for Politics and Governance

 

With David Schultz - Professor in the Hamline University Department of Political Science

 

 

david schultz office photoProfessor David Schultz teaches classes in American politics, public policy and administration, and ethics.  Professor Schultz has authored more than 25 books, including his most recent, American Politics in the Age of Ignorance.  Professor Schultz is the winner of the national 2013 Leslie A. Whittington Excellence in Teaching Award.

 

 

Westside Progressives, an educational forum that encourages civil and thoughtful discussion about progressive issues, meets on the third Tuesday of each month at the Church of the Epiphany, located at Schmidt Lake Road and Nathan Lane in Plymouth. $10 lasagna/salad dinner. 6 p.m. doors open, 6:15 dinner, 6:45-8:00 pm program. Free attendance if no dinner required.

 

 

 

RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/september-19-westside-progressives-dinner-meeting-tickets-37757730388

Host:  Kelly Guncheon, CFP®, ChFC®, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 952-449-4467

 

For more information, please visit us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/westsideprogressives

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The Electric Vehicle Revolution Print E-mail
Written by Kelly Guncheon   

 

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Tuesday, June 20

     6 p.m. - Doors Open                           6:15 p.m. - Dinner                        6:45 to 8 p.m. - Program 

Church of the Epiphany, 4900 Nathan Lane N, Plymouth

(1 block west of Highway 169 on the South Side of Schmidt Lake Road)

 

 

The Electric Vehicle Revolution

 

With Phillip Adam, Electric Vehicle Owners Club

 

 

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The electric vehicle (EV) revolution will not be denied as technological advances are making EVs affordable, practical, and fun. EV enthusiast and Westside Progressives regular Phillip Adam will discuss the present and future of EVs: How their economies, technology, and environmental impact will change the automobile industry as we know it.

 
As an added bonus, Phillip will bring friends (and vehicles) from the local chapter of the Electric Vehicle Owners Club for a panel discussion so attendees can ask any questions about EVs.  And as an even more special bonus, they will be bringing their cool cars to check out!


Westside Progressives, a non-partisan educational forum that encourages civil and thoughtful discussion about progressive issues, normally meets on the third Tuesday of each month at the Church of the Epiphany, located at Schmidt Lake Road and Nathan Lane in Plymouth. $10 lasagna/salad dinner. 6 p.m. doors open, 6:15 dinner, 6:45-8:00 p.m. program.

Westside Progressives host Kelly Guncheon is using a new method for registration to be sure he doesn't miss any RSVP's.  RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/westside-progressives-june-meeting-tickets-35129293663.  If you don't want to order dinner, please check presentation only on the registration form.

 

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Who Are Refugees and Why Are They Here? Print E-mail
Written by Kelly Guncheon   

 

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Tuesday, May 16

     6 p.m. - Doors Open                           6:15 p.m. - Dinner                        6:45 to 8 p.m. - Program 

Church of the Epiphany, 4900 Nathan Lane N, Plymouth

(1 block west of Highway 169 on the South Side of Schmidt Lake Road)

 

 

Who Are Refugees and Why Are They Here?

 

With Daniel Wordsworth, President and CEO
American Refugee Committee

 

 

 

Media coverage and political bantering have distorted who refugees are and why. Join us to hear from Daniel Wordsworth, President & CEO of the American Refugee Committee, an international humanitarian aid agency that works with refugees around the world to help them take back control of their lives.

During his tenure, the American Refugee Committee has expanded both the depth and the breadth of its global programming, refocusing its efforts on quality and customer service, recognizing the intensely individual experience of each refugee and utilizing human-centered design methodology to launch breakthrough new efforts. He’s also overseen a geographic expansion into Somalia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Myanmar, and Syria and smoothly integrated subsidiary Questscope and its Jordan operations into the ARC family. In 2012, the organization was awarded the Peter F. Drucker award for Non-Profit Innovation in recognition of its work with the Somali Diaspora globally.

Westside Progressives, a non-partisan educational forum that encourages civil and thoughtful discussion about progressive issues, normally meets on the third Tuesday of each month at the Church of the Epiphany, located at Schmidt Lake Road and Nathan Lane in Plymouth. $10 lasagna/salad dinner. 6 p.m. doors open, 6:15 dinner, 6:45-8:00 pm program.

Please RSVP to Kelly Guncheon by Sunday, May 21, or sooner at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  For more information, please visit us on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/westsideprogressives     If you don't want to order dinner, please let Kelly know when you RSVP.

 

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Domestic Violence Print E-mail
Written by Kelly Guncheon   

 

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Monday, April 18

6 p.m. - Doors Open            6:15 p.m. - Dinner                6:45 to 8 p.m. - Program          

Church of the Epiphany, 4900 Nathan Lane N, Plymouth

(1 block west of Highway 169 on the South Side of Schmidt Lake Road)

 

 

Domestic Violence

 

With Ellen Gormican, MPH - Advocacy, Education, and Training Coordinator

Cornerstone Advocacy

 

 

ellen gormiconDomestic violence has grown to be an epidemic that is making headlines on an almost daily basis. Ellen Gormican will discuss intimate-partner violence through the lens of social justice and how current policy might affect work in this area.

Based in Bloomington and with offices in Brooklyn Center and Minneapolis, Cornerstone’s works to end domestic violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking through community outreach, crisis response, and long-term stabilization.  It offers a continuum of service in 10 Metro cities to help create communities where individuals and families are safe and children thrive.



Westside Progressives, a non-partisan educational forum that encourages civil and thoughtful discussion about progressive issues, usually meets on the third Tuesday of each month at the Church of the Epiphany, located at Schmidt Lake Road and Nathan Lane in Plymouth.  $10 for lasagna/salad dinner. If you don't want to have the dinner, please let Kelly Guncheon know when you RSVP.

Please RSVP to Kelly Guncheon, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by Sunday, April 16.

 

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Persuading the Middle Print E-mail
Written by Kelly Guncheon   

 

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Monday, March 20

6 p.m. - Doors Open            6:15 p.m. - Dinner                6:45 to 8 p.m. - Program          

Church of the Epiphany, 4900 Nathan Lane N, Plymouth

(1 block west of Highway 169 on the South Side of Schmidt Lake Road)

 

 

Persuading the Middle

 

With Akshay Rao - General Mills Chair in Marketing

University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management

 

akshay raoMost elections are determined in the middle, and by small percentages. But what constitutes the “middle,” and how are they influenced?  The Monday, March 20, Westside Progressives meeting will feature Professor Akshay Rao.  (Please note: The meeting is on a Monday night to accommodate the Professor’s teaching schedule.)

Drawing upon extensive academic research on political persuasion and choice, Professor Rao will describe how the middle (often termed 'independents') are composed of three sub-segments: the uninformed, the uninvolved, and the undecided. At least two of these segments might be persuaded through traditional 'marketing' strategies that rely on principles of behavioral science. And, these strategies are relevant to not just attitude change but behavior (i.e., voting) change as well.


Westside Progressives, a non-partisan educational forum that encourages civil and thoughtful discussion about progressive issues, usually meets on the third Tuesday of each month at the Church of the Epiphany, located at Schmidt Lake Road and Nathan Lane in Plymouth.  $10 for lasagna/salad dinner. If you don't want to have the dinner, please let Kelly Guncheon know when you RSVP.

Please RSVP to Kelly Guncheon, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by Saturday, March 18.

 

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Over 100 Attend Westside Progressives Forum on February 21 Print E-mail
Written by Kelly Guncheon   

 

 

The Role of Print, TV, Radio, and Social Media in Today's Society

 

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With Chris Ison - University of Minnesota Journalism Faculty Member

 

chris isonProfessor Chris Ison drew an audience of over 100 people at the Westside Progressives forum at Church of the Epiphany in Plymouth on February 21.  Ison teaches courses in news reporting and writing, investigative reporting, and media ethics at the University of Minnesota. He is co-author, with Jane Kirtley, Professor of Media Ethics and Law at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, of the book Media Ethics Today: Issues, Analysis, Solutions. 

Christ Ison was the Assistant Managing Editor for Investigative Projects at the Star Tribune in Minneapolis from 2001-2004.  Before that he was a reporter at the Star Tribune for 15 years. Ison worked on the investigative team, and earlier covered federal agencies, local government, and gambling.

 

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What the Future Holds for Journalism Print E-mail
Written by Kelly Guncheon   

 

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Tuesday, February 21

6 p.m. - Doors Open            6:15 p.m. - Dinner                6:45 to 8 p.m. - Program          

Church of the Epiphany, 4900 Nathan Lane N, Plymouth

(1 block west of Highway 169 on the South Side of Schmidt Lake Road)

 

 

The Role of Print, TV, Radio, and Social Media in Today's Society

 

With Chris Ison - University of Minnesota Journalism Faculty Member

 

chris isonIson 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. He was the Assistant Managing Editor for Investigative Projects at the Star Tribune in Minneapolis from 2001-2004.  A reporter at the Star Tribune for 15 years, Ison worked on the investigative team, and earlier covered federal agencies, local government, and gambling. He teaches courses in news reporting and writing, investigative reporting, and media ethics at the U. He is co-author, with SJMC Professor Jane Kirtley, of the book Media Ethics Today: Issues, Analysis, Solutions.

Westside Progressives, a non-partisan educational forum that encourages civil and thoughtful discussion about progressive issues, usually meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Church of the Epiphany, located at Schmidt Lake Road and Nathan Lane in Plymouth.  $10 for lasagna/salad dinner. If you don't want to have the dinner, please let Kelly Guncheon know when you RSVP.

Please RSVP to Kelly Guncheon, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by Sunday, February 19.

 

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Gun Violence 101: The Public Health Model Print E-mail
Written by Kelly Guncheon   

 

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Tuesday, November 15

6 p.m. doors open            6:15 p.m. dinner             6:45 p.m. program.          

Church of the Epiphany, 4900 Nathan Lane N, Plymouth

(1 block west of Highway 169 on the South Side of Schmidt Lake Road)

 

 

The Rev. Nancy Nord Bence

Protect Minnesota Executive Director

 

nancy nord benceProtect Minnesota Executive Director The Rev. Nancy Nord Bence will discuss “Gun Violence 101: The Public Health Model."   An ordained Lutheran pastor, Reverend Bence felt called to leave parish ministry and join the gun reform movement after officiating at six funerals for gun violence victims.  She now serves as Executive Director of Protect Minnesota, the only independent, state-based gun violence prevention organization in Minnesota. Protect Minnesota works to reduce gun deaths and injuries through education, organization, and advocacy.

Westside Progressives, a non-partisan educational forum that encourages civil and thoughtful discussion about progressive issues, usually meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Church of the Epiphany, located at Schmidt Lake Road and Nathan Lane in Plymouth. We are meeting on the third Tuesday in November and December so the forums aren't too close to the holidays.  $10 lasagna/salad dinner. If you don't want to have the dinner, please let Kelly Guncheon know when you RSVP.

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Where We Progressives Will Go during the Next Four Years, How Environmental Holdings Will Fare Print E-mail
Written by Kelly Guncheon   

 

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Tuesday, January 24

6 p.m. - Dinner                6:30 p.m. - Program          

Church of the Epiphany, 4900 Nathan Lane N, Plymouth

(1 block west of Highway 169 on the South Side of Schmidt Lake Road)

 

 

Where We Progressives Will Go during the Next Four Years

How Environmental Holdings Will Fare

 

kelly guncheonWe will have a discussion about where we as progressives go from here during the next four surreal years.  We will also field suggestions for upcoming speakers/themes.  Then Kelly Guncheon will talk about socially responsible investments, including how environmentally focused holdings will fare under the new regime.

Westside Progressives, a non-partisan educational forum that encourages civil and thoughtful discussion about progressive issues, usually meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Church of the Epiphany, located at Schmidt Lake Road and Nathan Lane in Plymouth.  $10 for lasagna/salad dinner. If you don't want to have the dinner, please let Kelly Guncheon know when you RSVP.

Please RSVP to Kelly Guncheon, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

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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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