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No Civic Buzz in January

There will not be a Civic Buzz on January 7, 2020. Instead we are collaborating with LWV St Paul. Michael Wall from the Secretary of State’s Office is our speaker.  This meeting will be held at the St Paul Neighborhood Network 550 Vandalia Street Suite 170, Saint Paul MN 55114 –Tuesday, January 21, 2020, 6:30 p.m. to…

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December – Dying with Dignity

No Civic Buzz in November. Mark your calendar now for Tuesday December 3rd for an important discussion on Dying with Dignity.  Our speaker, Thaddeus Pope, JD, PhD, Director of the Health Law Institute and Professor of Law at Mitchell Hamline University School of Law is a world-renowned expert on legal issues affecting end-of-life medical care.…

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Immigration

IMMIGRATION: CURRENT TRENDS AND ISSUES IN MINNEAPOLIS AND MINNESOTA. The four panel members were Justin Hollis from the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation’s Research Team talking with us about current immigration situation in our city and state as it relates to our overall quality of life. Michelle Rivero, Director of the Minneapolis Neighborhood and Community Relations…

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CIVIC BUZZ RESUMES TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3rd

Here’s another opportunity to examine the issues of ‘Diversity, Equity and Inclusion’. We will listen to Carol Anderson, via video, discuss her New York Times best seller “White Rage,” followed by a short discussion led by Dyan Venters and Anne McLaughlin. Professor Anderson is the Charles Howard Candler Professor and Chair of African American studies at…

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Civic Buzz is on Vacation

Our next event will be in September. In the meantime, you can review many of the past speakers under the monthly topics and watch video, courtesy to The Uptake.

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What’s Next for Minneapolis Parks: Parks for All

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board has launched its own comprehensive planning process. Parks for All, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Comprehensive Plan, will be taking place through 2020 to set the priorities and policy direction for the next decade of Minneapolis Parks.  Project Manager Carrie Christensen will tell us about the major issues…

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Urban/Rural Struggle for a Sustainable Future

Amanda Babcock Policy Program Organizer for state policy, Land Stewardship Project, will give us a systems-based description of the connections between food access, sustainable farming and resilient, racially just communities. Farmer Advocate Dan Hinz from the MN Department of Agriculture will provide a boots-on-the-ground report of the struggles Minnesota farmers are facing as we approach…

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REVERSING THE LEGACY OF RACIAL INEQUITY

Minneapolis’ Racial Equity Policy. Our speaker Joy Marsh Stephens, Director, Minneapolis Race and Equity Division, will discuss the history of racism and racial inequity in Minneapolis. While Minneapolis holds a reputation for being a progressive city, it also has a legacy of racism and racial inequity. But what exactly is racial inequity? How does it…

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AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN MINNEAPOLIS – WHAT’S NEXT?

Although Minneapolis has been growing, there has not been a concurrent growth in affordable housing stock. Between 2000 and 2014, the city is estimated to have lost 11,500 affordable units. Just to keep up with annual population growth production of affordable housing needs to at least triple. The Minneapolis City Council put $40 million in…

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Metropolitan Council, What’s Next?

In preparation for our consensus vote in February, Civic Buzz focuses on the Metropolitan Council and its governance model. Our special guest is Metropolitan Council member, Cara Letofsky, who represents the 8th District (the eastern part of Minneapolis). LWV members throughout the Metropolitan area are discussing consensus proposals from the Council of Metropolitan Leagues (CMAL), reviewing…

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