Civic Buzz

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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Hennepin County Governance 101 

How much do you know about how the Hennepin County government impacts our lives?  Get a primer on our county government from Linda Higgins, retiring Hennepin County Commissioner for District 2.  Hennepin County, the largest county in Minnesota by budget and population, is governed by a seven-member Board of Commissioners, three of whom represent different parts of…

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Sexual Assault and Policing; Continuing the Conversation

Join us Tuesday, September 4th for the first Civic Buzz of the 2018-19 program year when our topic will be Sexual Assault and Policing – Continuing the Conversation. This important issue was brought to light by articles this summer in the Star Tribune series, Denied Justice: When Rape is Reported but Nothing Happens, focusing on victims of sexual…

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No Civic Buzz July or August

LWVMpls will continue the popular and informative Civic Buzz events this fall. Please use July and August to celebrate Independence Day,  Women’s Equality Day (August 26), and rest up for a very busy election season. We encourage our members and friends to volunteer to register voters, work for candidates of your choice and participate in…

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Looking for City Government Information?

Learn about a New Minneapolis Website:  LIMS The Legislative Information Management System (LIMS) was launched in September 2017 and provides the public with easy access to legislative action taking place in the City of Minneapolis. From reviewing actions that affect your neighborhood to analyzing a year’s worth of data, LIMS connects you to information without…

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Bonus Buzz: Minneapolis 2040

Minneapolis has just released a 20 year draft comprehensive plan affecting all its public policies from health, transportation, parks, jobs land use and housing. State law requires all metro area cities to produce comprehensive plans every ten years in order to achieve orderly and coordinated growth. Citizens have an opportunity to read the plan and…

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Reawakening of the Sanctuary Movement

Sanctuary Protections, ICE & Immigration Speaker John Keller Executive Director Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota Come and hear, discuss the idea of Sanctuary protections for immigrants that are increasingly at risk of arrest, detention and deportation under the new Administration. Minnesota has seen the 3rd highest increase in ICE arrests during the first year of this…

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OMNIBUS BILLS – DEMOCRACY IN ACTION?

There are basically two kinds of omnibus bills that thwart citizen efforts to follow Minnesota’s legislative process and to participate in government decision-making. The first is a committee policy bill that committee chairs and their staffs put together, behind closed doors, based on a number of bills heard by their committee. The second type of…

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Mapping Prejudice: Examining the Complex Legacies of Racist Housing Policies

Restrictions, known as racial covenants or racially-restrictive deeds, were used in most American cities before 1968 to prevent people who were not white from buying or occupying property. The Mapping Prejudice Project is working to identify and map racial restrictions buried in historic Minneapolis property deeds. Our speakers, Kirsten Delegard, Penny Peterson and Kevin Ehrman-Solberg will present their…

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