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OCTOBER
2011 FORUMS

Look for forums on good government led by members of the Minnesota chapters of the American Civil Liberties Union and Common Cause this month, a legislative recap by Terri Bonoff,  a discussion with candidate for the U.S. House, Brian Barnes, and a conversation with Mayor Tim Willson and City Council member Dan Ryan on plans for the new Shingle Creek Crossing that will replace Brookdale.

The biggest driver of economic development for several decades will be the transition of our source of energy from fossil fuels to the power of the wind and sun.  How will Minnesota fare in this transition?  Who will benefit?  At our Minnesota's Energy Future Part I in September, the speakers told us of Minnesota's abundant clean energy resources and of the necessity for communities to organize if they want the benefits to go to the people of Minnesota rather than to multi-national corporations.  People said our first forum was terrific and that they came away understanding how clean energy can work for Minnesota.  Don't miss the first part!  Bill Sorem recorded it for you on tape.  Click on the link in the article at the end of this page.  You won't want to miss Part II with three prominent clean energy leaders.
Join us at the Bloomington Civic Center November 1 at 7 p.m.


 

THE BLOOMINGTON PROGRESSIVE ISSUES FORUM


Davanni's, 86th Street and Lyndale Avenue South, Bloomington

Tuesday, October 25

5:30 p.m. Social Hour and Order Food           6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Program

Brian Barnes - CD3 Candidate for the U.S. House

brian-barnes Brian Barnes manages global marketing and sales for the marine division of a Fortune 200 company and is an 11-year veteran of the U. S. Naval Reserve.  He served as a substitute teacher between shipping assignments.

He has held Democratic leadership roles on district and state committees. Most recently Barnes served as associate chair in Senate District 44 before he and his wife relocated to Edina.

Follow LCDR Brian Barnes on Twitter: @barnesdfl

Come early to order a pizza, hoagie, or salad.  Everyone is welcome.


Host: Addie Mattson, addiemattson@comcast.net



A Community Gathering for the Brooklyns

Thursday, October 20, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Brookdale Library, 6125 Shingle Creek Parkway, Brooklyn Center


What is Happening in the Brooklyns?

The Transformation from Brookdale Mall to Shingle Creek Crossing


brookdaleThe Senate District 46 DFL invites all residents of Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center and the surrounding areas to come learn about these exciting changes, share your ideas about how to improve life in our cities, and find out how to make YOUR voice heard in local government.

Come and ask questions like: What's happening at the former Brookdale Mall?     How will this change impact the surrounding communities?    What will replace it?       Will it bring more jobs?

Brooklyn Center Mayor Tim Willson and Brooklyn Center Council Member Dan Ryan will answer these and other questions.

For more information, or to RSVP, contact Liesl Rohland at 763-656-8602 or leftyspinner@gmail.com

Ruthie Dallas at Ruthie.dallas@sd46dfl.org or 612-743-8895





EDINA DEMOCRATS

Tuesday, October 25

6:30 p.m. Social and order food             7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Program


Please check back for the location and program.


Host: Chuck Prentice, chuckprentice@yahoo.com



THE LAKE COUNTRY PROGRESSIVES



Joint Meeting with Tonka Progressives


Tuesday, October 25, 6:30 p.m. Social and order deli food       7 p.m. Program



Ridgedale Byerly's Community Room

13081 Ridgedale Drive, Minnetonka, MN  55305


Mike Dean - Executive Director of Common Cause


mike


Common Cause Minnesota is a nonprofit, nonpartisan citizen's lobby dedicated to improving the way state government operates. Common Cause has helped pass Minnesota's most important ethics and campaign finance reforms and hopes to advance a new round of initiatives that will once again make Minnesota a national model for government reform, increasing accountability to citizens and limiting the power of special interests.  Mike Dean's topics will include redistricting, the Common Cause lawsuit concerning the purchase of ad buying by two organizations which supported a constitutional amendment, judicial elections, and public financing of elections.



Hosts: Veta Segal, vrsegal@yahoo.com ; Richard Wildberger, 952-938-6218; Judith Ann White, whitezubas@yahoo.com





THE PLYMOUTH PROGRESSIVES DINNER MEETING


Kelly's Inn
2705 Annapolis Lane, Plymouth


Tuesday, October 25


Dinner and Social Hour, 6:30 p.m.         Program, 7 p.m.


terriSenator Terri Bonoff, SD43 - Recap of the Legislative Session

Senator Bonoff has served in the MN Senate since 2005.  Her district includes parts of Plymouth, Medicine Lake, and Minnetonka. Come with your questions.

Please RSVP to Phyllis Richerson soon as she will be out of town most of October. You can order from the Green Mill menu or have the Green Mill buffet (pizza, salad, beverage, $10 inclusive).  If you don't specify, we will mark you down for the buffet.  Please invite your friends and neighbors. We will have the large Sunset Room this month.


The Best Western Kelly Inn is east of Highway 494, south of Highway 55 on Xenium.

Turn right on 26th Street, and you'll see Kelly's Inn at the end of the street to the right.

Hosts: Phyllis Richerson, richerson52@comcast.net and Janice Watkins, jmwrnbsn@comcast.net




PROGRESSIVES ON THE PRAIRIE

Star Bank Community Room, 250 Prairie Center Drive, across from the Eden Prairie Center Mall


Monday, November 7, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Amusing ourselves to Death:  Is our Culture Anti-Intellectual


With Dr. Stephen Schroeder Davis - ISD 728 Gifted and Talented Coordinator

stephenJoin us for a thought-provoking evening with noted educator Dr. Stephen Schroeder-Davis?, who has made hundreds of presentations on topics such as ant-intellectualism, academic excellence, and giftedness. His presentation and discussion will examine the implications of and potential remedies for the following:


American Idol and Survivor occupy the top 11 spots from the last decade’s television viewing. The lone news show in the top 125 (60 minutes) does not appear until # 116.

Fifty percent of Americans polled are alliterate (they can read but rarely do so) and watch television over 4 hours daily.

Sixty-percent of eligible voters did not participate in the last general election.

 
Progressives on the Prairie is a civic organization dedicated to promoting the thoughtful discussion of important issues. Our goal is to sponsor public forums with high quality speakers who offer expert information and different perspectives that lead to thoughtful reflection and discussion.

Contact:  Karen Oakes, 952-949-5969,
acornko@gmail.com




SOUTHDALE/EDINBOROUGH DEMOCRATS


Wednesday, October 26, 7 p.m.


Southdale Library, 7001 York Avenue S, Edina

Carolyn Jackson - Lobbying Coordinator with the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota

The ACLU-MN represents and defends the United States and Minnesota constitutions, focusing on the Bill of Rights.

carolynMs. Jackson, an Edina resident, was a retired lawyer and stay-at-home mom when she joined the ACLU of Minnesota as a volunteer in 2002.   Seeing the impact of discrimination against Muslims and suppression of dissent in the wake of 9/11 prompted her to join the ACLU’s “Safe and Free” work.  To quote Benjamin Franklin, “Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.”  Her job at ACLU since 2008 has been to represent the Bill of Rights at the Capitol, promoting legislation to expand rights and opposing legislation that limits or violates rights.  Much of her work in 2011 focused on fighting the effort to limit voting rights known as Voter ID.

Ms. Jackson will touch on several items of current interest including Voter ID and the Marriage Amendment and will be answering questions from the audience.



Hosts: Arnold Bigbee, arnieb1@me.com , 952-831-3508 and Dana Lappin, danajolapp@gmail.com



THE TONKA PROGRESSIVES


Joint Meeting with the Lake Country Progressives

Ridgedale Byerly's Community Room

13081 Ridgedale Drive, Minnetonka, MN  55305

Tuesday, October 25, 6:30 p.m.  Social and order food            7 p.m.  Program

Mike Dean - Executive Director of Common Cause

mikeCommon Cause Minnesota is a nonprofit, nonpartisan citizen's lobby dedicated to improving the way state government operates. Common Cause has helped pass Minnesota's most important ethics and campaign finance reforms and hopes to advance a new round of initiatives that will once again make Minnesota a national model for government reform, increasing accountability to citizens and limiting the power of special interests.  Mike Dean's topics will include redistricting, the Common Cause lawsuit concerning the purchase of ad buying by two organizations which supported a constitutional amendment, judicial elections, and public financing of elections.

Hosts: Veta Segal,
vrsegal@yahoo.com ; Richard Wildberger, 952-938-6218; Judith Ann White,
whitezubas@yahoo.com





Minnesota's Energy Future - How Do We Get There?


State and National Public Policy



For Increasing Renewable Energy




Tuesday, November 1

6:30 p.m. Social and Energy Information 7 p.m. Program



Bloomington City Council Chambers

1800 W. Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington


 


ellenEllen Anderson - Chair, Public Utilities Commission

The History of Minnesota's Clean Energy Laws

How the Public Utilities Commission Can Lead the Way to a Clean Energy Future


deanDean Abrahamson - Professor Emeritus, Energy and Environment Policy, University of Minnesota.  Professor Abrahamson holds degrees in physics and mathematics, as well as a doctorate in medicine. He has worked as a reactor physicist with the Babcock and Wilcox Co. and as senior research scientist with Honeywell, Inc.

Energy Options in a Greenhouse World


barbaraBarbara Freese - Author, Coal: a Human History; Climate and Energy Policy Analyst and Environmental Attorney; former MN Assistant Attorney General

Making Room for Clean Energy in a Shifting Political Landscape:  The Opportunities and Challenges for Replacing Environmentally Destructive Coal Plants with Clean Energy



Co-sponsored by the Bloomington Progressive Issues Forum, the Institute for Local Self Reliance , Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light , the Minnesota Renewable Energy Society , MN350.org , the North American Water Association , Oxfam America , Small Business Minnesota , the Pew Environment Group, Think Again MN , and the Will Steger Foundation. 

 


SMALL BUSINESS MINNESOTA 2011 FALL MEETING


smallGuest Speaker

Ms. Nancy J. Libersky

MN Director U.S. Small Business Administration


Wednesday, November 2, 5:30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.

Registration and social hour 5.30 to 6.30 p.m.

                         Buffet Dinner and Program 6.30 to 8.00 p.m.


Sunset Room, Kelly Inn/Green Mill Restaurant

2705 Annapolis Lane N.  Plymouth, MN 55447




P R O G R A M

* Introduction of SBM and each member present and their business

* Minnesota District Director of US Small Business Administration Ms. Nancy Libersky

  on the SBA programs and services available to small businesses.

  • SBM future events and committees to work on them.
COST: $ 20 for Members, $ 25 for Non members. Paid at the door.  Cash Bar.

Please bring your significant other and prospective SBM members.

    • We appreciate your RSVP to Benkyriagis@gmail.com or call Ben at: 612-804-3639 so we can plan for food **








Video at the Uptake


Keeping Energy Dollars in Minnesota

From the Minnesota's Energy Future Forum sponsored by Think Again MN

and the Bloomington Progressives Issues Forum on September 27


It was an exciting evening at the Bloomington Civic Center as Lynn Hinkle and John Farrell gave us a glimpse into the energy and economic future that could be ours given Minnesota's amazing abundance of renewable energy.  Then long term energy justice activist George Crocker brought us down to earth by telling us this potential would be ours only if we become energy literate and work for it through community organizing.  If you were not able to join us at the forum, be sure to watch the forum online at the UpTake?.  Thank you to Uptake reporter Bill Sorem for making the recording.  The first speaker started out positioned in front of the podium away from the microphone, but was soon directed to speak into the microphone so please stay tuned a few moments.

Many people who attended said they learned a great deal more about how renewable energy works and about the jobs and economic benefits it could bring to Minnesota than they have learned at any other forum.  Find out how Minnesota's transition to clean energy can be an enormous jobs engine and can bring the $20 billion our state spends annually on fossil fuels and much more Home to communities throughout our state in the coming decades.  "We're talking about accomplishing something truly remarkable." stated John Farrell.


keeping


http://www.theuptake.org/2011/09/27/keeping-energy-dollars-in-minnesota/

Moderator
- John Doll, Former MN Senator


and Vice Chair, Senate Energy Committee


lynnLynn Hinkle - Policy Development Director
, Minnesota Solar Industries Association

The Green-Blue? Alliance: Solar Energy and Labor Issues in Relation to Clean Energy Development

"Renewable energy is an enormous jobs engine for our state."  Hear about the public policies that can create those jobs.


johnJohn Farrell - Director, 
Energy Self Reliant States and Communities Program, Institute for Local Self Reliance

How Distributed Wind Development Can Grow Jobs and Contribute to Economic Development in Minnesota

"Minnesota has a tremendous potential for getting electricity from renewable resources, but an even larger potential in terms of what the economic opportunity could be."


georgeGeorge Crocker - Executive Director, North American Water Office

The Importance of Community Organizing for Developing Distributed Renewable Energy

"Until enough people figure out how to actively pursue their interest,  their community's interest, in securiing the benefits that John and Lynn talked about . . .  the power of organized capital will prevail.  Organized people can beat organized capital every time that the people are organized.  The problem is that they're not."

Watch the Uptake Video

Prefer a summary?  Brian Hanninen, Think Again MN Board Member, wrote a summary of the forum.



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