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Basic Income Guarantee Minnesota, Westside Progressives

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Tuesday, March 26
        6:00 p.m. Doors Open           6:15 p.m. Dinner             7:00 p.m. Speaker Presentation           

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

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Basic Income:  Pitfalls and Opportunities


Please join us on March 26th as we welcome Liane Gale from Basic Income Guarantee Minnesota. The Basic Income Earth Network defines Basic Income as a “periodic cash payment unconditionally delivered to all on an individual basis, without means-test or work requirement”

Basic Income is not a new idea and because of societal pressures even made it into the U.S. Congress as a policy proposal about 50 years ago. Just in the past few years we have seen resurgence in the Basic Income debate globally. In 2018, the Finnish government experimented with basic income, and GiveDirectly, a U.S. non-profit, has recently established the world’s largest basic income experiment in Kenya.

This presentation will provide a background on the current Basic Income movement and major players nationally and globally, on current practical applications, such as pilot studies, and to discuss the potential, as well as drawbacks, of a Basic Income. It will also explore how a Basic Income could lead to different power structures and to system change.

Liane Gale is a scientist-turned-activist, who has been especially interested in politics and economics as a means to system change. She is a founding member of the local group BIGMN (Basic Income Guarantee Minnesota) and the international Basic Income Women Action Group and has been a member of the national and international Basic Income community over the past four years.

Hosts:  Jennie Malcoun and Matthias Weigel

 

A Call to Solve Overpopulation - Westside Progressives


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Tuesday, April 23
        6:00 p.m. Doors Open           6:15 p.m. Dinner             7:00 p.m. Speaker Presentation           

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

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Karen Shragg is the author of Move Upstream: A call to solve overpopulation. Karen will share her perspective on how issues like poverty, global warming and depletion of our natural resources will not be solved until we address overpopulation.

Hosts:  Jennie Malcoun and Matthias Weigel

The Minnesota Freedom Fund

 

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Tuesday, January 22
        6:00 p.m. Doors Open           6:15 p.m. Dinner             7:00 p.m. Speaker Presentation           

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

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   The Consequences of the Cash Bail System

Please join us as we welcome the MN Freedom Fund to Westside Progressives.

Did you know that the only two countries where someone has to put up cash to avoid being imprisoned before their trial are the United States and the Philippines?

Research suggests that those who are able to successfully post bail have lower rates of conviction, less severe sentences, and lower rates of recidivism than those who cannot. Those who are unable to post bail are at risk of losing their employment, their housing, and potentially custody of their children. The Minnesota Freedom Fund pays criminal bail and immigration bond for those who cannot afford to and works to end discriminatory, coercive, and oppressive jailing.

Join us on January 22nd to learn more about the consequences a cash bail system creates and what the MN Freedom Fund is doing to push for change.

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J. Drake Hamilton on Climate Change and Clean Energy - Westside Progressives

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Tuesday, September 25
        6:00 p.m. Doors Open           6:15 p.m. Dinner             7:00 p.m. Speaker Presentation           

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

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J. Drake Hamilton from Fresh Energy
  

jdrakehamiltonJ. is an expert in climate and energy policy and serves as the Science Policy Director at Fresh Energy. In addition to scientific analysis and policy development, J. represents Fresh Energy at global summits and even witnessed the 2015 Paris Agreement.


Learn more about Fresh Energy at fresh-energy.org 

Look forward to seeing you all then!

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Great Start for New Hosts of Westside Progressives

 

Jennie Malcoun and Matthias Weigel

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Jennie and Matthias got off to a great start as hosts of the Westside Progressives with an excellent first forum featuring George Beck, Chairman of Minnesota Citizens for Clean Elections, speaking on "What Happened to We the People."  The room was full with over 50 attendees at Church of the Epiphany in Plymouth.  Many thanks to Jennie and Matthias.  We look forward to your many future forums.

The Electric Vehicle Revolution

 

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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)

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In June 2012, Think Again MN launched a history series that examines politics and policy-making in Minnesota during the last century from the immediate post World War II years up through the 1990s. That era witnessed fierce legislative battles at the State Capitol but it was also a time of shared values that cut across partisan lines. 

Read about it here

MN's Leading Election System

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

Oregon's Automatic Voter Registration

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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