Civic Buzz

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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No January Civic Buzz

Due to New Year’s Day falling on the first Tuesday in 2019, there will not be a Civic Buzz until February where we  where we will discuss the Metropolitan Council and its governance model with Metropolitan Council member, Cara Letofsky, who represents the 8th District (the eastern part of Minneapolis) in preparation for our consensus vote…

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Vulnerable Elders Face Scare Not Care

In 2017, the Star Tribune published a five-part special report, Left To Suffer. It stated that each year hundreds of Minnesotans are beaten, sexually assaulted or robbed in senior care facilities. These cases are seldom investigated and families of victims are left in the dark about what happened. The Minnesota State Department of Health (DOH)…

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NO CIVIC BUZZ GATHERING IN NOVEMBER

ELECTION DAY IS TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6TH Due to Election Day, there will be no Civic Buzz gathering in November.  Please encourage the people in your life to get out and vote. To register to vote, learn about voting, find your polling place or see your ballot, go to www.sos.state.mn.us

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