In light of the Pandemic that we are all experiencing we have cancelled the Tuesday, April 7th Civic Buzz gathering, which would have focused on the ACA and the healthcare in our city. We had scheduled Gretchen Musicant, the Commissioner of Health for the City of Minneapolis, Dr. Lynn Blewett, PhD, Professor of Health Policy…

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Curious about the future of Minneapolis neighborhood organizations? Since 2015, Minneapolis Neighborhood Organizations and the City of Minneapolis have been preparing for funding changes expected in 2020. The City is in the final stages of many years of discussions, reports, outreach, and feedback. They recently passed the Neighborhoods 2020 Framework and in September 2019, contracted with…

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There was no Civic Buzz on January 7, 2020. Instead we collaborated with LWV St Paul to host Secretary of State Steve Simon as our speaker.  This meeting was 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 8:30 p.m. View the event. 

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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: 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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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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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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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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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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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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